Phoebe V. Bradford is a writer & curator based in London. Following her undergraduate degree in History at Queen Mary University of London, she completed a masters in Curating from Whitechapel Gallery & London Metropolitan University. She has worked as art writer, curatorial assistant and gallery assistant at a range of arts institutions including: MoMA PS1, Venice Biennale, Serpentine Galleries, Whitechapel Gallery, this is tomorrow, Royal Academy, David Roberts Art Foundation & Bold Tendencies.
- Nature of the Beast Archive Exhibition DisplayMacuga enquires about how art can be used to comment on current concerns and influence public debate. Her point of departure is always extensive and in-depth research. She uses books, films, press cuttings, letters and other archival material, while also selecting pieces from museums and other collections and annotating works by other artists.
- Against OblivionMA Curating the Contemporary of The CASS, London Met & Whitechapel Gallery curated an exhibition alongside London-based artist and illustrator Ellie Geary. During the exhibition we worked in the space to compile an assembled book of materials collected from exhibitions since the start of our course in September. We invited students to contribute to the project by depositing in the library exhibition press releases, information sheets, promotional leaflets, and installation images from British contemporary art exhibitions of the last 12 months. Together, with Ellie, we created an 'Exhibitions Book' to remain in Commercial Road Library's arts books and archive collection. This book was accompanied by a hang of a series of collage works by Ellie, and was on display in the library for just under a month.
- Instant Exposure: The Physical PrintInstant Exposure: The Physical Print attempts to demonstrate the power of the Polaroid as a unique, physical object; this, as opposed to a digital nonphysical screen image. Using a wide selection of his Polaroids, Cyrus Mahboubian challenges audiences with the idea of the digital revolution and its impact upon traditional, dated photography. The Polaroid is a unique medium; it is a physical photograph that can be held in our hands without the possibility of repetition or duplication. It is something sentimental that maintains a meaning and a history - something which struggles to be found in digital photographs. It exists as both an object and a memory, functioning as a physical recollection mutually for its photographer and its audience. The vast majority of digital photographs will never exist in physical form, it is precisely this circumstance that the Polaroid and Instant Exposure: The Physical Print, theoretically and physically contradicts. Through contemporary curatorial practice and instantaneous imagery, this exhibition presents a series of quality Polaroids that display the skill and technique essential to the art of Polaroid. To be simultaneously admired as individuals and as a collection, these Polaroids reside next to one another mirroring themselves with three larger scale print Polaroids. These large scale prints become objects in themselves through their permanent mounting upon aluminium and their nature as singular editions. A projection screen above the space presents rapid screen imagery of Polaroids sent in by members of the public who also share a passion for the medium. This element of the exhibition intends to reinforce the divide between the physical and the immaterial, exhibiting both subjects in juxtaposition within the space. By experiencing the physical print and the digital hyperphysical image in one space, a realisation should impose which emphasises the importance of the object in contemporary photography and in contemporary culture and society.
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Book SellerArtwords Bookshop
Broadway Market, London, UKFull Time
Selling to a variety of customers, handling payments and offering advice. Processing customer orders, book deliveries and returns, stock-checking books and magazines. Reviewing sales performance and meeting sales targets. Creating in-store presentation and window displays. Liaising with external account holders, for example schools, councils and companies.
Curatorial InternMoMA PS1
- New York, United StatesInternship
Working closely with the curatorial team to assist with upcoming exhibitions. Exhibition research for newly realised projects and potential newcomer artists. Artwork and artist research, writing artist biographies for forthcoming exhibition proposals. Archiving, media management, administrative and production duties.
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- Visual Arts
- Social Meda
- Contemporary art
- History of art