Before the installation of her work Timely Tale, co-commissioned by HOUSE and Photoworks for HOUSE Biennial 2017, Natasha Caruana talks to us about working with 360° film, and how her work relates to the HOUSE Biennial 2017 theme of Excess.

#10 Care

2020 was a year of unexpected changes and challenges. A year which we were forced to stop or to pivot direction. For some, 2020 allowed time to think, to reflect, to experiment or to change. It has also without a doubt highlighted how we care; for each other, for ourselves and for our communities.

This issue of Photography+ explores photography in relation to care. We have published an exclusive conversation between photographer Peter Watkins and writer Oliver Shamlou, a conclusion to Watkin’s series The Unforgotten‘to some future place where the centrality of this trauma is moved aside.’

Meanwhile, artist Othello De’Souza-Hartley  speaks to us about his practice and forthcoming projects, including a new self-portrait in his father’s empty bedroom.

We are pleased to partner with Wellcome to bring you a creative writing response to their current commission The Covid-19 Anxiety Project. Read a new piece of writing by West Midlands based curator and writer Anneka French who, when looking at the images, shares how her own memories of lockdown are evoked, and poems come to her.

We are excited to share new work by Murray Ballard, Zoe Childerley, Celine Marchbank and Helen Sear for CONNECT – the 3Ts hospital redevelopment public art programme at Brighton’s Royal Sussex County Hospital. Finally, delve in and enjoy the final essay by our 2020 Writer in Residence Marissa Chen: The Many Faces of Self-Care.

This piece has been republished for Photography+ #10 Care 

The lens-based work, Timely Tale, is set against a backdrop of love, desire and health in the age of Excess – the theme for this year’s festival.

Through the vehicle of the artist’s mother, Penny,  the audience will see the work in the setting of a medical waiting room.

To experience Penny’s story, viewers will be transported from the waiting room into her bedroom, with a short 360° film capturing: recuperation, finding the right outfit, storing medication and looking for the perfect online partner.

Timely Tale addresses the idea of choice and how, in the long run, too much choice can often lead to decision-making paralysis and its consequences.

As much as the work is a comment on our current social and political landscape, it’s also an observation of how the photographic frame, with the advent of new technology, is dramatically changing for the first time. The work is viewed through headsets and Timely Tale uses 360° technologies to empower us to look around the artwork with choice of what to see.


University of Brighton Galleries – Edward Street
Brighton BN2 0JG
30 September – 5 November 2017

Timeley Tale is a HOUSE Biennial and Photoworks co-commission, presented in partnership with University of Brighton and supported by University for the Creative Arts at Farnham

Related Event

Natasha Caruana will be In Conversation with Celia Davies, Saturday 4 November, 12.00 – 13.30.

Free but places are limited.

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