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Judy is a London based artist and filmmaker. She is interested in how art produces different ways of thinking about contested sites and engages with collective struggles. Her practice is research-based and includes photography, moving image and sound, composed as single-screen works and multiscreen installations.
She often draws on images and sounds from archival sources as well as the sustained study of a place or space through networks, collaborations and activism. Palestine was an enduring focus of her work between 2004-2017. Her seminal work Quarries of Wandering Stone (2017) and single screen film White Oil (2017) has been shown extensively internationally. The work explores the quarries in the Occupied Palestinian Territories to unfold narratives around colonialism, expropriation of land and mobility through the day-to-day lives of the quarry owners, workers and security guards.
Current projects include; Architecture of the Bush which explores the Kruger National Park, South Africa and the The End of the Sentence which focuses on the experience of Women in Prison specifically through the prism of HMS Holloway Prison and her continued activities with the coalition group Reclaim Holloway, forensic psychotherapists, architects, ex-prisoners, NGO's, curators and museums. Working across film, photography and archival research, through networks, collaborations and activism, her research asks questions about the material conditions of incarceration in the UK for those that identify as women, the structures and mechanisms within the criminal justice system and strategies of self-preservation and resistance by women who have experienced prison.
She is course leader Photography MA, Kingston University and senior lecturer in Moving Image BA, University of Brighton. From 2008- 2014 she was a visiting lecturer at the International Academy of Arts, Palestine initiating an exchange program between UK Universities and the International Academy of Arts, Palestine. Other appointments include: Visiting Lecturer, Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Sweden (2021) guest professor, Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg (2013), associate Professor Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Bergen, Norway (2007-2008).
Course director MA Photography
As well as PhD supervision I teach across all modules on MA photography:
FP7001 Critical Theory in Photography and Visual Culture
FP7002 Photography Practices
FP7002 Advanced Photography Practices
Research-led, the concerns running through my practice are around contested spaces, the marginalised and dispossessed and the major and the minor. These are all features of the precariousness of all life forms and unequal global distribution of liveability. My work necessarily asks questions of the effectiveness and relevance of art to collective struggles, specifically, through the creation of new perceptions of human and non-human life forms. My interest is in how subjectivity is transformed through dialogical encounters with the world. Encounters that engage in the 'particular' with the social, historical material specificity of the other without reducing the other into a 'theme, concept or thing', but engaging with differentiation as something that happens on the level of the encounter
Solo exhibition and screenings include:
Still, Mosaic Room, London, Quarries of Wandering Form, Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen, Norway (2017) Palestine Film Festival, Barbican, London and Filmhaus, Nuremberg (2013); Campus in Camps, Diheisheh Refugee, Bethlehem; Dar Annadwa Cultural Centre, Bethlehem; Birzeit University Museum, Palestine; Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah; Riwaq, Centre for Architectural Conservation, Ramallah; Educational Bookshop/Al Ma'mal Foundation, East Jerusalem; Visible Evidence, New Dehli, India (2014); Visuality Materiality and Mining symposium, University of Brighton (2015), Grand Parade Gallery, University of Brighton (2010), USF Centre Bergen, Norway (2000), Imperial War Museum, London, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art Gallery, London and Unscene, London Jewish Cultural Centre (2008), Whitechapel Gallery, London; City Hall, London; Purcell Rooms at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London; Cuzon Soho Cinema, London; Amnesty International's Human Rights Action Centre, London (2005); Port Harcourt, Nigeria (2005).
Selected group exhibitions include:
Open House, Delfina Foundation (2017) World Of Matter, Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen art Gallery, Montreal (2015); Spacemakers, Edinburgh College of Art (Tent Gallery), (2010); Cambridge Film festival, (2010), Cinema Palestine, (2009); Lumen Screening, Leeds (2009); These Are The Times: The Image On The Threshold, London Birkbeck Cinema, Vertigo Magazine launch event, (2009); Tatton Biennale Screenings, Manchester (2008); Jerusalem Show, Al-Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem, (2008) Chisenhale Biennale (2007), The Projection Gallery, (2006), Liverpool Biennale Coin & Platform, The Common Place, Leeds UK, Performing Rights, (2006), Queen Mary, University of London, Private Visions, (2006), Betsy's Salon, London, Diaphane (2005) Braziers, Oxfordshire and Tbilisi, Georgia; Art Caucasus; Shifting Time (2004), a commission for the Ice factory, Hastings; The Well (2004) Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Arts, London; Lost Hours (2002) Pump House Gallery, London; Fairplay (2002) Angel Row, Nottingham; Tweener (2001) Norwich Gallery, Norwich; Stream T.V (2000) ICA, London; Inventories (1998) Shoreditch Photo Biennale, London.
Commissions, Bursaries And Residencies
2016-ongoing Affiliated researcher, Johannesburg University, South Africa
2015 Girls Crusader Union, film commission, Delfina Foundation, London
2014 Artist in Residence, Al-Qattan foundation, Ramallah, Palestine
2009-10 Associate Artist, Byam Shaw, University of the Arts, London
2009 Artist in residence, USF centre, Bergen, Norway
2008-9 Cocheme Fellowship, Byam Shaw, University of the Arts, London
2008 A Sense of History, scene 1, shot 2, curator for the British Film Festival, Israel, commissioned by the British Council.
2006-7 Artist in Residence, London Jewish Cultural Centre, working with film archive
2005 Refining memory, artist film commissioned by Platform & David A Bailey for the Ken Saro Wiva Living Memorial project
2005 Artist in Residence, Al-Qattan foundation, Ramallah, Palestine
2005 Braziers International Workshop