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Instagram takeover: Anna Farley

Photoworks and Project Artworks have commissioned Anna Farley for In Focus, to make a new work for an upcoming solo exhibition and a week after the opening, Anna takes over our Instagram account.

The commission is part of EXPLORERS, a three-year programme led nationally and internationally by Project Art Works. The exhibition This gives you a score of 0 opens at Phoenix Art Space, Brighton, East Sussex, on 19 October and runs until 3 November 2019.

Anna, who is based in London, self identifies as a neurodiverse autistic adult and has made a new body of photographic work reflecting on her own experiences and has created it with support from Photoworks and artist mentor, Becky Warnock.

Using photography and sculpture, Anna’s commission brings methods of alternative communication to the forefront, by creating a mass of ‘infinity fidget cubes’. From hours of footage taken whilst wearing a GoPro camera, Anna extracts stills hinting to where, when and how her autism may be visible. Her work highlights the barriers and her needs in domestic, work or social moments. These then bind the cubes into objects for touching and experiencing the images using repetitive behaviours. The work is a reaction to her problematic experiences of the UK benefit system. The cubes attempt to establish visual responses to questions from forms and applications of her Personal Independence Payment and its impact on her life and those around her.

 

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Bye bye and thanks for having me Photoworks. I am so proud to be part of your Instory. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING For more of ‘this’ follow me @the.anna.log If you haven’t, go back in time to discover the artists and photographers that have featured on here. I am learning so much and it’s free arts and culture education. Your all in for a 7day treat as next on the #takeover is Becky Warnock! Anna OUT! 👄👂🏻👅👃🏻👁🖐🏻 #artist #newskills #artcommunity #practice #installations #productivity #workspace #infinitycube #photography #inclusivity #autism #ascadult #fidget #identity #commission #brighton #newwaysofworking #neurodiversity #actuallyautistic #sensoryneeds #personalindependancepayment

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#igtakeover @the.anna.log 4 @photoworks_uk I am Anna Farley and I want to show you my practice Uni finished I was lost. I had to begin a war for work support as I had had Vicky, Laura, Emma and Lucy offering me support daily at uni and my everything improved from that. I had no choice but to apply and wait to be processed as a self-employed artists and autism inclusivity trainer and speaker. Laura was able to continue working with me as she worked for ASMentoring. We worked hard and got support for 2 days a week to aid me to reach my potential. She searched for a darkroom session as she knew how much I wanted to explore photography now I had the time and space to do that. She found @photofusionuk and I joined an Introduction to Black and White photographic printing with Nick Jones. We explained I would need Laura to accompany me and makes notes because I would not recall the steps after The session- this was absolutely fine and I had a new skill to bite into. The darkroom was much more than a workspace. I do not have any access to an adult appropriate sensory room. Suddenly the darkroom fulfilled many roles a sensory room does and I became sure that using it was also beneficial for my senses and my autism. I began a relationship with photofusion and loved working there, I always felt welcome and part of a photographic community. #darkroom #artist #selfemployed #sensoryroom #blackandwhite #printing #newskills #artcommunity #practice #installations #productivity #workspace #photofusionuk

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#igtakeover @the.anna.log 4 @photoworks_uk I am Anna Farley and I want to show you my practice- 2010-2012 My first 2 years at art school I wasn’t diagnosed as autistic, I built a shed to control my environment and create some stability and structure. It was lined with photographs for referencing and making me happy. It didn’t work. I could write a lot about this but not today. 2013- On returning post-diagnosis I experimented with the idea again and made a studio inside disused exhibition panels from the final degree shows. Outside it looked like a display wall. It was on wheels to move out of the way and disappear when it needed to. But inside was my everything and it was exactly how I left it every time I opened it up- I made quiet corners, and dimmed the light by opening it into a 90degree cubicle by using the walls of our communal workspace. It worked. Other images are: Greenoak road is where Grace bakes, 2011 (Re-production John Constable painting, wood, icing sugar) Gallery/Studio-oidutS/yrellaG, 2014 (Recycled Wimbledon exhibition walls, hinge, castors, paint, my studio, latch, hasp, padlock) Souvenir from Sarah’s garden, 2013 (Plaster, Indian ink, earth) Shrine to Robin Hood’s Bay, 2013 (Plaster, sand, clay, tealight, ornament stand) #sculpture #photography #studio #artist #autism #annafarley #retrospective #practice #plaster #installations #productivity #workspace #souvenir @wimbledonual

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