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Nicky Bird

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Biography

Nicky Bird is an artist whose work investigates the contemporary relevance of found photographs, the hidden histories of archives and specific sites. She is interested in a key question: what is our relationship to the past, and what is the value we ascribe to it? Since her practice-led PhD at Leeds University (1994-99) she has explored this through photography, bookworks, the Internet and New Media. In varying ways, she is interested in creating artworks that make visible the process of collaboration. These collaborations are with people who have significant connections to materials originally found in archives

 

In 2008 Nicky received a major Stills photographic commission for the project Beneath the surface / Hidden Place, which toured across Scotland last year. Residencies, such as the home of Julia Margaret Cameron (2000), have been pivotal to earlier works such as the publication Tracing Echoes (2001). Solo shows include Question for Seller (Belfast Exposed, 2006), to which eBay and found photographs were central. The bookwork Question for Seller was selected for Alt-W’s 2008 survey show at the CCA, exhibited alongside another bookwork Gay Interest Beefcake (2008) now in the collection of the International Center of Photography, New York. Alongside residencies, exhibitions, and contributions to arts journalism, Nicky is currently a part-time PhD Co-Coordinator at Glasgow School of Art. 

 

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