Garden State comprises two ambitious installations, created during a series of trips to sites between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River from 2010 and 2013. Wounded (2013) is a series of nine photographs, taken shortly after a devastating fire in the Carmel Forest in Northern Israel, accompanied by sound recordings made by the artist as she pushed her way through the waist-high foliage that had grown in its place three years later.
Gardening the Suburbs (2014) is a large-scale undulating wall installation made up of clusters of photographs of Israeli suburban gardens.
Silva is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Photography and the Archive Research Centre, University of the Arts London. She received an Arts and Humanities Research Council PhD Scholarship (2010 to 2013) and gained her PhD in 2014. In 2013 and 2014 she was artist in residence at A.M. Qattan Foundation Ramallah, and in 2014 received a Triangle International Fellowship.
Time: May 14 – June 20, 2015 (Tuesday to Saturday, 11am-6pm)
Location: 226 Cromwell Road, SW5 0SW
Private View: Wednesday 13 May 2015: 6.30-8.30pm: Join artist Corinne Silva to celebrate the opening with drinks and nibbles. Places limited, RSVP essential to firstname.lastname@example.org
Accompanying the exhibition will be a pop-up ‘guerrilla’ garden from Smallworld Urbanism to highlight the power of gardening as a positive force for social activism. This includes a layered modular garden, featuring vegetables and fruits, and integrated upcycled seating arrangements made using materials commonly discarded. A series of workshops on the principles of sustainable gardening will also be held at The Mosaic Rooms to highlight the change that can be brought about by a proactive community.