In this temporary exhibition Jordan Baseman, April Lin 林森 & Laura Fisher respond to the archive of Holocaust Centre North with work spanning video, textiles, sound, sculpture, and print. Respectively, their work dissects retellings of traumatic histories and places, speculatively explores the potential of survivors’ images and archive material, and elevates messages and gestures of hope and affection.
Memorial Gestures is a yearly artist-in-residence programme at Holocaust Centre North. Over the course of 6 months, artists are invited to explore Holocaust Centre North’s archive and respond to themes they feel have contemporary relevance.
The exhibition opens Thursday 18th May and closes Thursday 27th July.
April Lin 林森 (b. 1996, Stockholm — they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist and independent curator investigating image-making and world-building as sites for the construction, sustenance, and dissemination of co-existent yet conflicting truths. Working across moving image, performance, creative computing and installation, they dream & explore & critique & fret & catastrophise & imagine & play — for a collective remembering of forgotten pasts, for a critical examination of normalised presents, and for a visualising of freer futures as, of course, imagined from the periphery.
Interweaving strands of auto-biography, documentary, queer ecology, and new media, April Lin 林森’s works are topped off with an inevitable garnish consisting of the other matters dialoguing with their brain and heart during the making process of each piece. Uniting their genre-fluid body of work is a commitment to centring oppressed knowledges, building an ethics of collaboration around reciprocal care, and exploring the linkages between history, memory, and interpersonal and structural trauma.
Their work has been shown at the Museum of the Moving Image New York, Sheffield DocFest, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, the V&A Museum.
Laura Fisher (she/her/hers) is an interdisciplinary artist who incorporates drawing, printmaking, and textiles to create a dialogue between past and present, weaving together the threads of lesser told stories in order to reposition history toward a more personal, human-centred context. Reflecting on concepts such as displacement, identity, memory, and questioning the notion of ‘home’, her work simultaneously serves as a visual conversation, a call to community, and a tribute to the grief inherent in traumatic histories. Throughout the Memorial Gestures residency, Laura has explored the archive at HCN and engaged with survivors and their families, primarily researching the role of textiles in Holocaust refugees’ lives through handicraft, hobby, and labor. The resulting body of visual work, created in response to these histories, challenges how we perceive the residual trauma of the Holocaust and questions how it has informed both cultural and social memory.
Jordan Baseman is a visual artist and filmmaker. He received a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmith’s College, University of London. Baseman is currently the Reader in Time-Based Media, Senior Tutor in Moving Image at the Royal College of Art, London.
Baseman has a long history of creating projects in collaboration with UK-based and international, not-for-profit and public institutions. The artworks are installations, audio works, and single-screen films. Jordan Baseman’s films are frequently featured in international exhibitions and film festivals including: Los Angeles Animation Festival (Best Experimental Short Film), San Francisco Short Film Festival, Melbourne Underground Film Festival (Best International Short Film), Oaxaca International Film Festival, Lone Star International Film Festival (where he won Best Short Film), Fargo International Film Festival (Best Experimental Film) Kansas City International Film Festival (Best Experimental Short Film), 53rd Venice Biennale, and London Short Film Festival.
Selected Recent Exhibitions and Projects: Artist in Residence, Chelsea + Westminster Hospital Intensive Care Unit, London (2021/2022); A Different Kind of Different, Matt’s Gallery, London, (2021); I Dreamt I saw you at Lidl, Without Reduction, Happy Hypocrite, Book Works, London (2021); A River in Reverse, UNTV, Unconformity, Queenstown Tasmania, Australia (2020); Fabula, BBC and Culture in Quarantine, London, (2020); Radio Influenza, Wellcome Trust, London, (2019); gendersick, Fort Worth Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, Texas, (2018); Blackout 7 Films by Jordan Baseman, Broadway Metro, Eugene, Oregon (2018); The Unconformity, Artist in Residence, Queenstown, Tasmania (2018); 1977, House of St. Barnabas, London (2017); DisObey, Matt’s Gallery @ Close-Up Cinema, London (2017).