The winner of Below Zero Finnish Art Price 2020, Tuula Närhinen has been in residency at Beaconsfield Gallery in South London since the beginning of January. Leading up to the Deep Time Deposits exhibition, Närhinen has spent time at the bottom of the river Thames, collecting items that have found a hiding spot in the Thames’ anaerobic river-mud. In these items, Närhinen focuses on looking into the traces and layers of human history. The project behind the exhibition includes a fascinating twist thanks to its use of 19th century photographic chemistry. She has produced paper with compounds used in early photography, on which she exposes her finds to natural light.
You can take part in Närhinen’s artistic process by joining her on one of her mudlarking sessions. Book your space here for a foreshore walk with the artist on the 14 of February at 11:30. The group will gather at Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall, 22 Newport Street, London SE11 6AY
Deep Time Deposits: Tidal Impressions of the River Thames exhibition at Beaconsfield Gallery, February 26th – April 5th.
Still from video by Rosaliina Elgland