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Phototendering, 3 channel, HD Video, 22m, 2020

'Phototendering' is a three-channel installation in which three custom marionettes, three voiceover actors, and a musician, reenact an interview the artist undertook whilst on residence in the Italian town of Ferrara, Italy.

In conversation with the Italian puppeteer Vittorio Zanella, the discussion focusses on his father’s involvement at the local Montedison factory in 1963, the year his colleague Giulio Natta jointly won the Nobel Prize for the development of Polypropylene (the second most used plastic in the world today). Highlighting plastics role in medicinal technologies, workers' health, and cultural life, the conversation begins with basic information regarding its development in the area, moving on to discuss the environmental, pathological, legal, and domestic effects of the material in regions of Northern Italy.

Furthermore, with the third puppet acting as a translator between the artist and the puppeteer, the video raises questions around the formation of histories in their process of translation into another language.

  • crew
  • Artist/Director Henry Bradley
  • Director of Photography Marlon Rouse Tavares
  • Voiceover Saverio Buono, Carlotta Sofia Grassi, Henry Bradley
  • Puppeteers Raven Kaliana, Tony Sinnett, Richard Sinnett
  • Music TBC
  • Temporary Music Hainbach
  • Translation/Transcription Angelica Bollettinari, Giorgia Chiaron, Carlotta Sofia Grassi, Francesco Pavignano, Tommi Valli
  • Curatorial Support Carlotta Clerici, Giulia Perucci

  • Story-based upon Vittorio Zanella

  • Marionettes designed by Henry Bradley, Tony Sinnett
  • Marionettes made by Tony Sinnett

  • Text excerpt from 'Ecocriticism and Italy: Ecology, Resistance, and Liberation' by Serenella Iovino

  • supported by
  • Resina, Ferrara, Italy
  • Salt Project Collective, Turin, Italy
  • PS2, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  • special thanks
  • Ed Berriman, Lizzie Berriman, Ben Bradley, Angelica Bollettinari, Giorgia Chiaron, Carlotta Sofia Grassi, Flavia Franceschini and Vannie Franceschini, Vittorio Zanella and Rita Zanella

education
MA Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University, London, 2015-17
BA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Art, London, 2010-13

solo exhibitions
tongue, PS2, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, 2020

selected group exhibitions
New Creatives, BBC 4 / BBC iPlayer, UK, 2021 (upcoming)
Ventunesimo, Artissma, Turin, Italy, 2021 (upcoming)
No-body’s room, The Room Projects in collaboration with LUX [London], Paris, France, 2021
37th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel, Germany, 2020
Ventunesimo, Bi-Biox Galerie, Biella, Italy, 2020
Current Transmission, ICA, London, UK, 2020
A Voice Off Screen, RTM.FM, Art Licks Weekend, London, 2019
GLOSSOLALIA, UKYA, Broadway Cinema, Nottingham, UK, 2019
This is not a holiday, Hardwick Gallery, Cheltenham, UK, 2018
A Fluid Haze, Galerie Porta, Ferrara, Italy, 2018
Requiem For a Failed State, AUF AEG, Nuremberg, Germany, 2018
Requiem For a Failed State, HALLE14, Centre for Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany, 2018
ACTS RE-ACTS 5, Wimbledon Space, London, UK, 2018
Who Cares?, Deptford Cinema, London, UK, 2017
Soft Architecture, Goldsmiths University, London, UK, 2017
A Bath of Self-Esteem, Galerie Del Carbona and Galerie Porta, Ferrara, Italy, 2017
Belligerent Eyes, Fondazione Prada, Venice, Italy, 2016
A Public Hearing, Arts Catalyst Gallery, London, UK, 2016
Not too, Art Licks Weekend, London, UK, 2015
IN THE CITY: International artists exploring the city on a global scale, Hanover Project, Lancashire, UK, 2014 Sensory limitations/explorations, Construction Gallery, London, UK, 2012

residencies
Artist-in-residence, Gasworks, London, UK, 2021 (current)
Ventunesimo, Occhieppo Inferiore, Italy, 2019
Phototendering, PS2, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, 2019
Ferrara Residency, Resina, Ferrara, Italy, 2018
International Artist-in-residence, HALLE14, Centre for Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany, 2018
Retreat, Paradise Lost, (multiple locations), 2017, 2014, 2013
Belligerent Eyes, Fondazione Prada, Venice, Italy, 2016
A Public Hearing, Arts Catalyst, London, UK, 2016

selected publications
Ventunesimo, Salt Project Collective Magazine, 2019
A Fluid Haze, Filo Magazine, 2018
Who Cares?, Ferrara Residency, 2018
Retreat, Paradise Lost, 2017, 2014, 2013
Tonguing, Roleplay, Animate, Fidelity, Goldsmiths University, 2016
IN THE CITY: International artists exploring the city on a global scale, Hanover Project, Lancashire, UK, 2014

awards
Kasselerdokfest junges dokfest: A38-Production-Grant Kassel-Halle, Kassel, Germany, 2020 (nomination)
Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund, Artist-Network, London, UK, 2020
ICA: New Creatives, Comissioned by BBC, ICA and Kingston University, London, UK, 2019
Jerwood Visual Artist Bursary, Jerwood Arts, London, UK 2018
International Artist Fellowship Award, HALLE14, Centre for Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany, 2018 Impact Doc Award, Impact Docs, International, 2017
MA Scholarship, Goldsmiths University, London, UK, 2015 Artist Retreat Award, University Arts London, 2013

talks
‘The Intuitive Cut’, ICA, London, 2020
Visiting Artist, Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University, London, 2020
Visiting Artist, MA Experimental Moving Image, Kingston University, London, 2019
Rhythming (b), HALLE 14, Centre for Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany, 2018
Soundings and Vanishings, The Showroom, (Centre for Research Architecture roundtable), London, 2017