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Thursday 8th December, 2016

Q&A with Associate Artist Nina Sverdvik

What is it all about? Serendipity is a series of photographic portraits of Cobbett Road Library’s users, focusing on the younger generation. This particular library, like many other public institutions, faced closure in March 2016, but was saved by local charitable organisations. These photographic portraits are concerned with issues surrounding local identity and social history, […]

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What is it all about?

Serendipity is a series of photographic portraits of Cobbett Road Library’s users, focusing on the younger generation. This particular library, like many other public institutions, faced closure in March 2016, but was saved by local charitable organisations. These photographic portraits are concerned with issues surrounding local identity and social history, investigating the meaning of community and how it is valued in today’s society.

What did you use a starting point or inspiration for your project?

Investigating my local area and what places offered a space for people to meet and engage in different activities – in essence a space that valued this idea of a community.

Can you describe what you hope visitors will experience or take away from it?

I’m hoping for an interaction between two strangers (my photographs and the public). It is lovely to see when this interaction happens. If this creates a thought, an idea or a memory in someone passing by, it has all been worth it!

What has been most challenging about working on your Southampton Fringe project?

Installing these photographs (in a window space) and also making sure I photograph enough people to get a true representation of the users of Cobbett Road Library/Hub.

Why do think its important to nurture contemporary and visual art in regions outside of London?

BAS8 is incredibly exciting for the city and its people and a fantastic opportunity for local artists and culture in Southampton.

 

What other Southampton Fringe event will you be looking forward to and why?

Lighten Up 2 in Guildhall Sq and ‘Our Neck of the Woods’ by Unexpected Places, the Halloween Cabaret in Mettricks… there have been so many exciting and varied events!

Finally what do you think the presence of British Art Show 8 and accompanying Southampton Fringe will mean for Southampton and its cultural scene? What does it mean for you?

BAS8 is incredibly exciting for the city and its people and a fantastic opportunity for local artists and culture in Southampton.

Otherwise hope all is going well for you all, seen some great things over the past few months and there is still more greatness to come.

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