PEER FORUM at Peckham Platform
The 2018 PEER FORUM award at Peckham Platform was awarded to Alicja Rogalska who will be working with Rosalie Schweiker, Daniel Dressel, They Are Here, Vlad Morariu, Sophie Chapman + Kerri Jefferis, Kathrin Böhm, Joon Lynn Goh, Kasia Sobucka, Sahra Hersi, Jasleen Kaur
Alicja Rogalska’s work is interdisciplinary, collaborative and focuses on social structures and the political subtext of the everyday. She mostly works in specific contexts creating situations, performances, videos and installations. Her projects attempt to create a space for many voices to be heard and to co-exist, whilst collectively searching for emancipatory ideas for the future. Alicja graduated with an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College and an MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Warsaw. She was artist in residence at MuseumsQuartier in Vienna (2018), IASPIS in Stockholm (2017), MeetFactory in Prague (2016), National University of Colombia in Bogota (2014), Tate Britain (2011-12), attended the Home Workspace programme at Ashkal Alwan in Beirut (2013-14) and was an Artsadmin Bursary recipient in London (2016-17).
Rosalie Schweiker has a very strict work policy which does not allow her to give out CVs or bios.
Daniel Dressel’s work deals with issues that revolve around class, identity and migration, often in search of situations and scenarios that have the potential to transcend borders and class differences through the use of different networks and coping strategies. This search for new encounters, complicities and alliances describes an attitude which foregrounds a practice that is not defined or limited by a specific medium. It can be seen as a negotiation perhaps, or a spark that interferes with the structure of the world and that in turn allows others to interact with its complexities and its contradictions – an interplay of action, reaction and reflection. Daniel usually works site-specific, often in collaboration with others. Research and production are often intertwined. He makes use of both hands-on DIY and more technology driven approaches which result in conceptual pieces, video works and complex installations.
In 2016 Daniel graduated with an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College. For the past three years he has been the first official artist in residence at Cody Dock in the London Borough of Newham.
They Are Here (f. 2006) is a collaborative practice steered by Helen Walker & Harun Morrison. They are currently based in London and on the River Lea. Their work can be read as a series of context specific scenarios. Resisting rigid hierarchy and foregrounding knowledge exchange they seek to create ephemeral systems and temporary, micro-communities that offer an alternate means of engaging with a situation, history or ideology. Institutions they have developed or presented work include: CCA Glasgow, Grand Union, Konsthall C, Southbank Centre, Furtherfield, Studio Voltaire, STUK and Tate Modern.
Vlad Morariu is a Romanian-born researcher, curator and Visual Cultures Lecturer at Middlesex University London. Vlad’s work sits across various disciplines – from 20th century analytic and continental philosophy to sociology, anthropology, fashion and visual and material cultures. His PhD thesis (2014, Loughborough University) explored philosophical frameworks informing the art practices of institutional critique. In 2016 he was AHRC Cultural Engagement Fellow, with a project that revisited Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing’s reading of phenomenology, and its importance within the practices of the therapeutic communities that Laing co-established in London in the 1960s. Together with Raluca Voinea (tranzit.ro/Bucharest) and Judit Angel (tranzit.sk), Vlad Morariu initiated Collection Collective, an international network of artists, curators and cultural organizers, who founded in 2017 a collection of contemporary art, collectively owned and managed by its members.
Sophie Chapman + Kerri Jefferis are artists who work exclusively through collaboration – devising improvised situations, props and performance for poetics and play. Their practice is emergent, experimental and interdisciplinary, drawing on genealogies of punk, dada and feminist paragogy. They are based at the artist-led cooperative, Lewisham Arthouse (London), they are 2/3 of Molejoy (the band), and are 2018/2019 Artsadmin artist bursary holders.
Sophie + Kerri are interested in autonomous ecologies, the social imaginary, prefiguration and the textures of our lived experiences. Over the summer, they are artists in residence at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop (Lumsden) and at METAL (Southend) later in the year. They have recently released a new publication ‘private insurrections to loosen public ground’ soon to be available on the Independents United online shop.
Kathrin Böhm is a London-based artist with a long-standing interest in the collaborative making and extending of public spaces through methods of collective production, distribution and usage within both urban and rural situations. Kathrin is a founding member of the international artist initiative Myvillages and the London based art and architecture collective public works.
Joon Lynn is a producer, organiser and researcher. Her work seeks to pay attention to the knowledge of migrants and people of colour, and to explore how artistic skills can interpret and be repurposed for civic function. She co-organises Life in the UK Exchange – a skills exchange between cultural workers and migrant organisers and Asia Art Activism – a research network based at Raven Row. She previously acted as senior producer for In Between Time, lead co-organiser for Citizens UK Bristol, and has worked with organisations including Arnolfini, Situations, Battersea Arts Centre and London International Festival of Theatre.
Kasia Sobucka is a producer, curator and founder of Arts Territory, a London-based arts organisation. She is interested in the politicised dimensions of identity, the processes through which identities are re/formed and narrated, and the interplay between subjectivities and political histories.
She holds a BA in History of Art from Goldsmiths College, London and a MA in Culture, Criticism and Curation from Central St Martins, London. Currently one of the Beyond the Frame curators, a programme run by the International Curators Forum, fostering diversity in the arts sector.
Her recent projects include: A Day of Learning, part of the Diaspora Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2017; Hunger Is/Isn’t, an Object, a performative project by Karolina Brzuzan, Kochi Muziris Biennale, 2016; Myth, Artisterium, Tbilisi, 2015 and Foreignness of Sound at the ICA, SOAS & Café OTO, London, 2014.
Sahra Hersi is an architectural designer and artist based in London. After graduating from the Royal College of Art Architecture programme she set up her own multidisciplinary practice exploring the threshold between art and architecture, shared spaces, the public realm, community engagement, meaningful contributions, collaboration, and human centered design. Her work is often born out of engaging with issues of social / contested space and the often poetic encounters with people and places.
Jasleen Kaur is an artist currently living and working in London. Brought up in a traditional Sikh household in Glasgow, her work is an ongoing exploration into the malleability of culture and the layering of social histories within the material and immaterial things that surround us. Her practice examines the hierarchy of histories and labour using a range of mediums and methods including sculpture, video, conversation and cooking. Recent and ongoing commissions include Glasgow Womens Library, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, MIMA, Serpentine Gallery and Eastside Projects. Her work is part of the permanent collection of the Royal College of Art and Crafts Council.
Previous PEER FORUM groups at Peckham Platform
Peckham Platform hosted a PEER FORUM group in 2016. The artists selected for this included Eelyn Lee (Lead Artist), Simon Terrill , Annette Mees, Hannah Nicklin , Harold Offeh, Isa Suarez, R.M. Sánchez-Camus , Close and Remote, Tanya Singh and Janette Parris’s.