MAP6 decided to explore Finland this year, and spent 5 days in the country – each member pursuing their own interests as a contribution to the collective’s overall project. It was challenging for me, but enjoyable – I'm a studio photography, and usually plan and control taking photos meticulously over lengthy periods of time!
Landbo, Finland. Rich Cutler, 2019
I'm pleased to report that the MAP6 photography collective invited me to join today.
MAP6 describes itself as "10 photographers working together to learn, experiment and make new work about the complex relationship between people and place. Annually, the group travels to a place new to everyone, and over the course of a week the group works to form a collective, photographic impression of that place through its landscape and people".
Work by MAP6 has been featured by the British Journal of Photography and the BBC, and appeared in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
Right-hand page: a photo from The Shetland Project (Heather Shuker) selected for Portrait of Britain.
My Insecta project – including a new "Cabinet of Curiosities" installation – will be in the contemporary art exhibition Animalia at the Sassoon Gallery, Folkestone this autumn. Other artists include Tessa Farmer, Kelly McCallum, Dorcas Casey, Fleur Alston, Andrew Bruce, Chris F. Clark, Ali Farmer, Paul Koudounaris and Angela Wooi, among others.
Further info on the exhibition's Facebook page.
About the exhibition
"From the wild to the domestic, a fleeting glimpse to be distantly admired or something on the plate, the relationship of animals with humans is complex, multi-layered and ever-shifting. In a fresh exploration of animal–human interaction Animalia will generate friction and fusion between death and life, us and them, wild and tame.
Animalia seeks to create a dynamic space to question our perceptions, perfectly situated in this coastal town at the edge of human interaction with creatures of the cultivated land and untamed sea. We invite you to participate in this vibrant re-imaging of what is animal and what is human, to investigate our interconnectedness as species in the past and present. This exhibition promises to be emotive, explorative and playful, sounding out a new voice for the wordless and rendering unfamiliar images for animals we think we know."
8 September 6–8pm
Where and when
Sassoon Gallery, 2 Grace Hill, Folkestone CT20 1HD [Map]
8–28 September 2016
Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 9am–6pm. Thu: 9am–8pm. Sat: 9am–5pm. Sun: 10am–4pm
Keep an eye out for the November issue of Viva magazine in Brighton's pubs and coffee houses – there's a six-page spread of my photos and an interview with Jim Stephenson of Miniclick Photo Talks on my Insecta project.
Click on the image to download a PDF of the article:
My Digital Archaeology project has been expanded: "Apple iPod. Portable digital music player, circa 2003" and "Unknown device, circa 2015" have been added.