Getting down to writing about Mª José Arceo’s latest artistic project ‘Future Dust’ is as difficult as trying to sum it up in just a few lines. If it’s an origin story you’re after, you could say that it all started with 2014’s eXXpedition Crew, which set sail for Martinique from Lanzarote, crossing the Atlantic as part of UNESCO’s Atlantic Odyssey. 14 women embarked on the journey: scientists, designers, film-makers, biologists, ecologists, and an artist, María. With the help of her expedition partners, she was able to explore the impact of microplastics on our environment and our lives. To achieve this, she started to gather up all the microplastics that she came across in order to create little crystal installations that would be shown in her future exhibits. Anyone who sees one of these artistic interventions finds themselves faced with a poignant story about microplastics that begins and ends with us.
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‘Thames Memory & the Exploration of Future Dust’, latest project of Maria José Arceo in collaboration with King’s College of London
‘Thames Memory & the Exploration of Future Dust’ is a multi-disciplinary project that aims to creatively challenge and inform our understanding of the widespread dispersion of plastic debris on both fluvial and marine environments.
PLASTIC SEAS’ a combination of performance collaboration between María José Arceo and Susana Sanroman
Plastic Seas is a collaboration between Susana Sanroman and Maria Jose Arceo that will be addressing the impact of waste on our environment though a combination of performance collaboration, film projections and a fund-raising event for Cancer Research & the eXXpedition’s education package program that has been included in the Spain Now! 2015 Festival’s program of events and endorsed & promoted by ArtCOP21 “Visual Arts and Exhibitions”
This collection of pocket photobooks reflects the magazine’s standing as a great assembly of ideas, stories, conversations, and specially commissioned photographic artwork. More than just a photo book, each edition is a collector’s item which reveals the work of Spanish photographers working in the UK. Each book focuses on a specific concept and is introduced by a foreword from an artistic influencer who endorses the artist’s work.
Susana Sanromán photobook showcases two series of photographs that uncover how poetic language and visual expression can be blended together to form a convincing creative condemnation. We are presented with a visual dystopia that makes us look back in The Things We Leave Behind, and an impetus to think of tomorrow in Present Imperfect, Future Tense.
The foreword to Susana Sanromán’s photobook is written by Kathleen Soriano, an independent curator, art historian, and broadcaster, currently Chair of the Liverpool Biennial. Over the last 30 years she has been responsible for contemporary and historical exhibitions, collections and public programmes at the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Royal Academy of Arts, where she was Artistic Director (2009-14), as well as at Compton Verney Art Gallery, where she was Director.
Susana Sanromán is a Galician photographer who has made London her home. Since completing her studies in photography at the London College of Communication, she has been involved in a number of exhibitions as a visual artist. Her work conveys intimacy and subtlety, and has been shown at the Louvre, the Venice Biennale, Art takes Miami, Brussels, Paris and Tallinn Art Weeks, NordArt, Interfilm Berlin, to name just a few. On top of this, the work she has produced while assisting the internationally renowned artist Tom Hunter has pushed the limits of conventional photography.
In constant evolution, prompted by her creative vision and a distinctive visual language, her work displays a narrative dictated by the visceral impulses of a global society, which leads to a state of hyper-connectivity, degradation, ambiguity, and hypnosis. Her creative process starts with an image in her mind’s eye, an image which she then develops to create a piece of art which might drift between performance, installation, photography, and sculpture.
Check out our #6toSee for September 2017, a selection of six art exhibitions at some of the London’s best art galleries. Our critics pick the six must-see art exhibitions in the UK for this month. We hope you like them!
Susana Sanromán is a Galician photographer who has made London her home. Since completing her studies in photography at the London College of Communication, she has been involved in a number of exhibitions both as an artist and a curator. Her work displays intimacy and delicately-woven subtleties, and she is considered part of a group of artists known as the Generation of 2008. In 2009 she published the photographic essay ‘Women looking at women: the female gaze’.