Annemarie Wadlow (UK, 1993) is an artist working with photography and video. She investigates the beguiling space perched in the muddle between the image and the imagined.
She forms 1/3 of the artist initiative Nice Flaps; a non-taught experimental life drawing group that run monthly sessions in and around Den Haag.
Digital video, mini dv transferred to digital video, 00:25:03, 2020
This film expands themes laid out in my thesis, where I consider image-making by women, of women, as a tool for world building: “to create their own image they had to look at and document each other in order to imagine the image of their future.”
I present an elusive image, an echo of something. Glimpses of a threshold into a parallel world in which three friends and I interweave to create a moving portrait of female friendship. We attempt to move through circular portals, fleshy membrane’s that are permeated with voices of women artists, who are constantly yet quietly having dialogues across time and space. The camera plays the character of an eye, sometimes an extension of my body, sometimes becoming independent. We bridge singular experiences, imaging gestures of generosity and sharing, that take precedence over competitive stereotypes.
In what ways do women artists come together to collectively investigate their own image? My thesis delves into hidden histories of feminist collective practice and directs attention to ways women claim agency of their image through collaborations that connect intergenerational and far-away friendships. I discover that to reclaim overlooked knowledge of women artists builds a case for the artist as researcher; that only by engaging in both roles can we unveil what is not taught in the mainstream and share in a more inclusive and generous future. The publication adds a new layer to the writing. It set forth with a curiosity; how would it turn out solely designed and in collaboration with women? I asked four close friends to work together with me to design it. Each was assigned their own chapter to interpret as they wished. The typefaces and paper have been designed by women, and we will print the edition with a women-run print studio.
Publication concept: Marijn van der Leeuw.
Graphic design: Marijn van der Leeuw, Annemarie Wadlow, India Scrimgeour, Esther Vane, Hannah Williams.
Copy Editor: Eline Benjaminsen // Thesis supervisor: Delphine Bedel.