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Josephine Baker

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Josephine Baker (b. 1990, London, UK) completed her undergraduate studies at Central Saint Martins in London in 2012, and her postgraduate in 2017 at the Royal Academy Schools, London.

For Josephine, making sculptures is like writing alternative physical stories to those with which we fabricate our world. Industrially-processed and altered almost beyond recognition, the materials she uses are reconfigured and reimagined, in a challenge to the capitalist trajectories that have produced them. In reclaiming the depiction of landscape and natural phenomena from its cooption into imperialist narratives, different realities are allowed to take shape.

Josephine has recently exhibited at Nir Altman (Munich), ChertLüdde (Berlin), Sundy (London), V.O. Curations, and Kupfer project space (London). She was a 12-month resident award holder at the British School at Rome from 2017–18. Her work will be included in this year’s Drawing Room biennial, and her forthcoming solo exhibition at Nir Altman (Munich) will open in January 2022.

During her residency Josephine will develop a solo exhibition, which will open at V.O in September 2021. She will be mentored by Dr. Nicole Wolf.

Nicole Wolf (Berlin/ London) is Senior Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research, writing, pedagogical and curatorial projects have concentrated on political cinemas in South Asia and anti-colonial struggles, the co-constitutive processes and poetics of artistic, activist and movement narratives and more recently on agri/cultural practices and a Cinématics of the Soil. As participant of ‘Living Archive – Archive Work as a Contemporary Artistic Practice’ and ‘Archive ausser sich’ (Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin) she researched the work of India’s first feminist film collective Yugantar (1980-83) and developed “Soil – City- Solidarity”, an interdisciplinary urban permaculture course, and the symposium “‘Tell me what matter was the ground’ – Repair beyond redemption”. Recent publications: “Is this just a story? Friendships and fictions for speculative alliances. The Yugantar film collective (1980-83)“, in MIRAJ 7.2. “Fugitive Remains: Soil, Celluloid and Resistant Collectivities”, with S. Sheikh, R. Gray, F. César, R. Grisey, B. Touré. In: Cooking Sections (ed.), The Empire Remains Shop. 2018. “In the Wake of Gujarat: The Social Relations of Translation and Futurity”. Critical Studies, 4, 2019. She is editor of the first book on the audio-visual and literary works of Merle Kroeger and Philip Scheffner, forthcoming 2021.Nicole Wolf (Berlin/ London) is Senior Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research, writing, pedagogical and curatorial projects have concentrated on political cinemas in South Asia and anti-colonial struggles, the co-constitutive processes and poetics of artistic, activist and movement narratives and more recently on agri/cultural practices and a Cinématics of the Soil. As participant of ‘Living Archive – Archive Work as a Contemporary Artistic Practice’ and ‘Archive ausser sich’ (Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin) she researched the work of India’s first feminist film collective Yugantar (1980-83) and developed “Soil – City- Solidarity”, an interdisciplinary urban permaculture course, and the symposium “‘Tell me what matter was the ground’ – Repair beyond redemption”. Recent publications: “Is this just a story? Friendships and fictions for speculative alliances. The Yugantar film collective (1980-83)“, in MIRAJ 7.2. “Fugitive Remains: Soil, Celluloid and Resistant Collectivities”, with S. Sheikh, R. Gray, F. César, R. Grisey, B. Touré. In: Cooking Sections (ed.), The Empire Remains Shop. 2018. “In the Wake of Gujarat: The Social Relations of Translation and Futurity”. Critical Studies, 4, 2019. She is editor of the first book on the audio-visual and literary works of Merle Kroeger and Philip Scheffner, forthcoming 2021.