Phillipa Klaiber: Untitled no.13, 2020


From Vorest

Untitled #13, 2021 (Archive photograph from the Dean Heritage Centre collection)
10 x 12 inch
C-type print
Time-based edition (closes 20 December 2022)
Accompanied by signed artist label

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OD Photo Prize 2022 | Shortlisted Artist

Phillipa Klaiber is a long-form documentary photographer. The central themes of her practice are the anthropology of landscape, ecology, memory, and the materiality and topography of land. In 2020, Phillipa completed an MA in Photography at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). She is currently participating in the GRAIN Masterclass programme, East Meets West. Phillipa’s work is exhibited nationally, (Diffusion Festival and The Royal Geographic Society, among others). It is also regularly featured in online publications, (The Heavy Collective, Broad, Photomeet, to name a few). In addition, she has been shortlisted for the Photobook Awards EI2021 and the Genesis Imaging Postgraduate Award. (Based in Bristol, UK)

“Vorest, is a meditation on the changing landscape of an ancient forest, where culture and nature are inescapably linked. Forests have long been entwined with myth and folklore. They have enticed and inspired us since ancient times, creating stories that have been shared across cultures and centuries in oral and written language. In such stories, the forest has many forms. It can be dark and foreboding, a place that offers shelter or camouflage, and in which the wanderer can find themselves, ultimately, lost. The forest is often spoken of as if it is another realm. It is a place where time and the co-existence of flora and fauna have their own rules, in which humans are a recent intruder. Vorest considers the relationship between the narratives of the past and the environment in the present; a shift in perspective from the modern idea of ownership of land, to a more balanced relationship with it. The Forest of Dean is an ancient place. A forest of plantation and ancient woodland, of farm land, heathland, quarries and mines. Locally it is known as the Vorest, and its inhabitants, Voresters. The way people have engaged with this landscape over hundreds of years has shaped a unique and complex cultural identity. Conserving it is just as important as looking after the ecology of this area Using archive photographs from the local museum, I draw upon the folk and rural traditions that form the foundation of the Forester’s culture and collective memory. They are recontextualised with my own photographs to create a conversation of sorts between the past and the present. In my own exploration of this landscape, I experienced it as tactile and material; a place in which the human role is reduced, but still present. Through Vorest, I endevour to better understand this landscape and our place within it.” – Phillipa Klaiber, 2022

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