Rhiannon Adam Talk (Big Fence/Pitcairn Island)
Sunday, Oct 6, 2019
12:00pm – 12:30pm
Rhiannon Adam was born in Co. Cork, Ireland and lives and works in London. She studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London), and the University of Cambridge. Her work is primarily concerned with myth, nostalgia, and the intersection between fact and fiction. Her exhibition work often adopts a multimedia approach and makes use of archival materials to reframe received ideas. Outside of her own practice, Rhiannon can often be found writing about and teaching Polaroid creative methods. Her book, Polaroid: The Missing Manual, The Complete Creative Guide, is published by Thames and Hudson.
Rhiannon Adam will be in Hull to share some of the background and inspirations behind her exhibition Big Fence / Pitcairn Island, which forms parts of HIP Festival’s 2019 program and was most recently showcased as part of The Photographers’ Gallery’s New Talent exhibition.
Big Fence / Pitcairn island is a project about Britain’s last remaining Overseas Territory in the Pacific, and one of the most remote places on earth. Pitcairn measures just two miles by one mile and is home to fewer than 50 people, most of whom are direct descendants of the infamous Bounty mutineers.
Until recently, the Bounty story had been the darling of Hollywood, but in 2004, this Utopian façade slipped when a legacy of child sexual abuse was made public, eventually resulting in the conviction of eight island men. In 2015, Rhiannon spent an arduous three-month stint on the island, a place notoriously unwelcoming to outsiders following the abuse trials, with Rhiannon herself becoming the subject of much unwelcome attention.
Rhiannon will be discussing the stories behind the images, and the intoxicating notion of Paradise in this informal talk.
HIP Festival 2019, Knowledge Space, Princes Quay Shopping Centre, Princes Dock Street
Hull, North Humberside, HU1 2PQ