Elly Clarke

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Katherina and Jonathan van der Werff at home - from The George Richmond Portrait Project, May 2010 Photograph Variable © Elly Clarke
Ruth and Joseph Lubbock infront of their House - from The George Richmond Portrait Project, 2010 Photograph Variable © Elly Clarke
John and Elizabeth Gurney by George Richmond in the Lubbocks' Sitting Room - from The George Richmond Portrait Project, 2010 Photograph Variable © Elly Clarke
Birmingham-Berlin, 30 January 2011, 22:48 from Conversational Traces 2008-11, 2011 Injket Print 13"X8" © Elly Clarke
Slide from 'A Slide Show by...', 2010 Live Slide Presentation Of 51 Slides, All But 18 Of Which Have Never Been Seen Before. Presented By Volunteer Found Through Craigslist/Facebook As Though They Were Their Own Pictures. So Far Presented At Clarke Gallery, Berlin; Eastern Edge Gallery, St Jo Variable © Elly Clarke
Multiple Directional Gazes, Venice, November 2009, 2009 Signed, Rubberstamped Single Edition Colour Photograph 6"X4" © Elly Clarke
Multiple Directional Gazes, Venice, November 2009, 22.04.2010 Pen Drawing Approx 6"X4" © Elly Clarke
Hackney / LAX-LHR 2008 / 2006, 2009 2 Single Edition 6"X4" Colour Photographs In Passpartout With Letterpressed Title A3 © Elly Clarke
Chiang Khong, (Laos Border) / Route 1, California 2004 / 2006, 2009 2 Single Edition 6"X4" Colour Photographs In Passpartout With Letterpressed Title A2 © Elly Clarke
Madurai, India / London / Neukoelln, Berlin 2008 / 2008 / 2008, 2009 3 Single Edition 6"X4" Photographs In Passpartout With Letterpressed Title A2 © Elly Clarke
Hackney / Berlin 2002 / 2008, 2009 2 Single Edition 6"X4" Colour Photographs In Passpartout With Letterpressed Title A2 © Elly Clarke
Coggeshall / Berlin 2008 / 2008, 2009 2 Single Edition Colour Photographs Mounted On Mountboard With Title Letterpressed Into Mount Both Photographs 6x4 Inches Mounted In Passpartout Measuring 16.5 X 23.4 Inches © Elly Clarke
Alternative Funding Strategy - Trans Siberia, 2005 Screenshot Of List Of Items When Elly Clarke Sold Photos Not Yet Taken Onboard The Trans Siberian Train To Raise Money For Her Journey. Variable © Elly Clarke
160905PM - Conductor's Cabin, 2005 Hand Printed Photograph From Negative Originally Taken As Part Of Alternative Funding Strategy It Was Then Printed To A Size Of 30x40 Inches, In An Edition Of 5 © Elly Clarke
110905AM, 2005 Photograph The First Of The Series Of Alternative Funding Strategy Trans Siberia 6x4inches © Elly Clarke
Video Still from "Conversations", part of Moscow to Beiing, 2005-6 3 Screen Video Installation Variable © Elly Clarke
Video still from "Trans Siberia", part of Moscow to Beijing, 2005 3 Screen Video Installation Variable © Elly Clarke
Video Still from "Translations", part of Moscow to Beiing, 2005-6 3 Screen Video Installation Variable © Elly Clarke
Installation shot of 'Some Places I have Been To', 2009 6"X4" Single Edition Composites In Passpartouts With Letterpressed Titles A2 / A3 © Elly Clarke
Invitation to the 6x4 Single Edition Series, 2008 Photography 6x4inches © Clarke Gallery/Elly Clarke
Photo 6 by Mongolian Passengers, 2005-6 Colour Photograph From Negative 6"X4" © Elly Clarke
The Mobility Project at The Meter Room, Coventry, January - February 2012 © Elly Clarke / Clarke Gallery
WUNDERKAMMER at TROVE, Birmingham, December 2011 © Elly Clarke / Clarke Gallery
WUNDERKAMMER at Franklin Furnace, December 2010 © Elly Clarke / Clarke Gallery / Alexander Heaton
5 Minutes on the A23 (Still) , 2011 Inkjet Print 329mm X 470mm © Elly Clarke
© Courtesy of the artist & TECHNO PARK STUDIOS
Birmingham / Cologne Thursday, 22nd November 2012 at 00.26.56, from Conversational Traces , 2008-13 © Courtesy of the artist & A3 Project Space
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University of Leeds, 1998, History of Art - 1st Class BA (Hons)
Central Saint Martins - UAL
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gallery video-art video-art, research, non-profit, publication mixed-media, coventry university mixed-media, installation, video-art, landscape, performance, photography, digital, conceptual, exhibition/performance

I am interested in mobility - of people, things and data - and in the impact this has upon the sense of self both, when alone and as part of a community. With an ever-increasing number of friends and contacts spread ever further across the globe, how many of us actually know our neighbours? And with a mobile phone in your pocket, why ask a stranger on the street for directions?

My work may be understood to be in two parts. One is fairly quiet photo and video work. I gather photographs in my daily life, which I later edit to create series and sets. My video is usually shot with fixed frame and sound as recorded on site. It provides a window on the world for a few minutes, like an extended photograph. I find it interesting that it can be easier to give one's attention to something that is mediated (via video or film) as opposed to sitting for ten minutes and watching an actual view.

The other side of my practice is more participatory, where I involve others in the image-making process. I do this either though the distribution of cameras (as in The Broadway House Photo Project and The Trans Siberian Project) or through conversation with my subjects (as in The George Richmond Portrait Project.) In this way the images produced through these projects are the result of collaboration rather than ‘taking’ pictures according to what only I see. By working in this way, I step away from the traditional role of photographer as outside spectator. Instead I am forced to interact with the community or cultural context I am working with(in). The Art Project provides an excuse for me to communicate with people I would not otherwise have the opportunity to meet.

I am also interested in the relationship between digital and analogue photography and the impact this shift of image creation and distribution has upon our sense of history, archiving and memory as well as upon language.

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