Heavy Water

2023, Blue back digital print, Giclee print on Hahnemühle Matt FineArt cotton and Clay stone coated with sediment clay, with earth remnants, 84 x 126 cm.

For the Bloc Members Show, Heavy Water (Maud Haya-Baviera, Joanna Whittle and Victoria Lucas) are proposing three different curated ensembles of work for selection. Created in response to archival materials found in the Portland Collections (Whitaker Museum), the Special Collections at Cardiff University and Sheffield General Cemetery Trust, the themes relate closely to the materiality of the land and humans’ engagement with it culturally, economically, politically, socially and spiritually. Positioned together, the works present the viewer with alternative readings of historical artifacts, while revealing the need to re-categorize, re-imagine and re-interpret private and public archives and collections held across the UK.

Maud Haya-Baviera’s work deconstructs the exotic through references to tourism; the promotional images that it generates, how it exemplifies contemporary consumerist desire, and this activity’s role within histories of exploration and exploitation.

The triptych presented by the Heavy Water Collective responds to specific archives and collections encountered across the UK to interrogate, rupture and re-imagine problematic representations of place.