Bouvetøya: A Cultural History of an Isolated Landmass

Image © Norsk PolarInstitutt - photographer K.H. Johansson

Friday 5 July, 6.00 - 7.00pm, followed by a reception
Research Forum South, The Courtauld Institute of Art,
Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

Freddy Dewe Mathews presents an illustrated talk about his artistic investigations into the remote island of Bouvetøya, the most isolated landmass on earth. Going beyond the scientific record, Dewe Mathews explores dubious historical expeditions and fictions set on the island, to point at the emotional resonance of a place that despite being real, exists to us - as alien observers - more as fantasy than reality. The project is documented in an artist’s book, to be launched at The Courtauld Institute of Art on 13 July 2013.

Freddy Dewe Mathews (b.1985 - London) lives and works in London. Educated in Fine Art (Painting) at Brighton University, he uses archival and research material to look at human impositions on landscape and community. His recent solo exhibition at the Space in Between project space in London was the first public showing of an ongoing investigation into the Sub-Antarctic and little known about, Bouvet Island; a series of work that has received support from the Arts Council and Norwegian Polar Institute. Bouvetøya: A Cultural History of an Isolated Landmass is the first publication by the artist and has been shortlisted for Kaleid 2013.

This is a free event and booking is not required.
Latecomers cannot be admitted after 6.15pm.

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