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Peter Watkins

MA work

The Unforgetting

Nothing haunts us more than forgetting. Forgetting can be thought of as a form of death ever present in life. My approach to photography begins with this particular form of memory; memory as if viewed through smoked glass, memory that has become murky and reduced by the passage of time. There is an innate fiction to remembering, in re-presenting the past— a kind of hashed reconstruction approaching fiction. In my work objects have a peculiar and innate relationship with the past and together come to form a kind of autobiographical reflection of the self that oscillates between fact and fiction. These are objects that carry the past with them, that speak of time, but also speak beyond the living, carrying the dead along with them.

Info

  • Peter Watkins
  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA Photography, 2014

  • Nothing haunts us more than forgetting. Forgetting can be thought of as a form of death ever present in life. My approach to photography begins with this particular form of memory; memory as if viewed through smoked glass, memory that has become murky and reduced by the passage of time. There is an innate fiction to remembering, in re-presenting the past— a kind of hashed reconstruction approaching fiction. In my work objects have a peculiar and innate relationship with the past and together come to form a kind of autobiographical reflection of the self that oscillates between fact and fiction. These are objects that carry the past with them, that speak of time, but also speak beyond the living, carrying the dead along with them.

  • Degrees

  • BA Photographic Arts, University of Westminster, 2008
  • Experience

  • Director, Peter Watkins Framing, London, 2008-present
  • Exhibitions

  • Venez fruits presses, La Manutention, Paris, 2014; Planche(s) Contact Photography Festival, Deauville, 2013; Thresholds, Belfasst Exposed Photography Gallery, Belfast, 2014; Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, 2013; Wonders of the Visible World, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, 2012; Self Publish Be Happy/Pop up show, MiCamera Bookstore, Milan, 2011; re:control, The Oubliette Arthouse, London, 2011; Meeting/Treffen, Philara Gallery, Dusseldorf, 2010; New Works (Terrence Smith and Peter Watkins), Estonian Artists' Association, 2010; Biografica, National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai, 2009; Nikon Discovery Awards, London Olympia, London, 2008
  • Awards

  • Residency, Kunsthistorisches Museum Bonn, 2014; Paul Huff Award, Nomination, 2014; Residency, Deauville Planche(s) Contact Photography Festival, 2013; European Graduate Photography Award, third prize, 2013; Residency, Estonian Artists' Association, 2010; Nikon Discovery Award winner, 2008
  • Publications

  • Tereza Zelenkova and Peter Watkins, Index of Time, self-published artist book, 2012; les uns blessent, les autres tuent, JSBJ Blue Zine Series, published zine, 2012