Clare Rae: Archisle Artist in Residence 2017

    In March 2017 Archisle welcomed Australian photographic artist Clare Rae from Melbourne to Jersey for a research residency studying the Claude Cahun collection held by Jersey Heritage. Clare completed a one month residency project with Archisle, also engaging with images in the photographic archives of the Société Jersiaise representing the landscapes and geographies that figured as prominent influences in Cahun’s oeuvre.  These researches acted as points of reference for the production of images for a new body of work in response to her time in Jersey.

    Untitled II from the series Stages, 2014

    During her Archisle residency Clare hosted a workshop The Body and Architecture in Photography incorporating an interactive lecture and discussion contexualising her own practice within the development of performative photography, referencing key artists relevant to this approach to the medium including Claude Cahun.  Workshop participants responded to a number of creative challenges, each engaging with aspects of performance documentation, self-portraiture and relationships of the human body with architectures. The photographs produced on the day can be viewed on the Archisle facebook page. Towards the conclusion of the residency Clare delivered a public lecture at the Jersey Museum: Untitled Actions: Exploring Performative Photography.

    Untitled Cleaner’s Stairs, 2013

    The body of work that Clare produced in Jersey will be exhibited in Melbourne in 2018. We hope to welcome Clare back to Archisle in the future to exhibit these new works in Jersey at their place of origination. Images and information on Clare Rae’s work can be found at:

    Photographs copyright Clare Rae