Marjolaine Ryley


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Senior Lecturer in Photography and Video Art

I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Photography and Video Art. I have exhibited my work both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at Street Level Photoworks Gallery, Glasgow, Impressions Gallery, Bradford and The Palacio des Artes, Porto.

My publications include ‘Villa Mona - A Proper Kind of House’ Trace Editions, 2006, ‘Field Study 7 Residence Astral’ and ‘Field Study 13 Growing up in the New Age’, PARC, 2009/13 'Growing Up in the New Age', Daylight NY 2013 and ‘The Thin Blue Line, The Deep Red Sea’ NEPN 2014.

Teaching and supervision

I teach on BA (Hons) Photography, Video and Digital Imaging and MA Photography.


Research interests for potential research students

  • Photography and the archive
  • Photography and invisible illness
  • Photography and horticulture

Research

My work explores ideas of memory, history, familial relationships and archival narratives. My practice uses photography, the moving image, creative writing and archival materials to explore a range of themes and issues that look at linking personal experiences to broader social and political narratives. My work moves between the personal album and the social document. Research projects are outlined below:

The Last Picture Show: In 2006 I received a Research Development Fellowship to undertake 'The Last Picture Show', a project looking at the changing nature of family photography in the digital age. This fellowship at ‘The Photography and the Archive Research Centre' (PARC) led to outputs including exhibitions, publications and a website: www.thelastpictureshow.org

Growing up in The New Age explores the alternative world of the counterculture, from communes in the south of France, squatting in South London and 'free school' education to the many forays into all things 'New Age' set against the backdrop of social and political happenings of the era. Using a range of approaches including photography/digital imaging, film and video, writing, collecting, re-using archival materials and the web, 'Growing up in the New Age' sets out to reconsider the social utopias of the 1960s and early 70s and what we might learn from them today. Growing up in the New Age is published by Daylight books. 

The Thin Blue Line, The Deep Red Sea is a body of photographic imagery with creative writing exploring miscarriage and other forms of pregnancy loss. My research into this subject looks at the ways art and culture have historically explored (or ignored) pregnancy loss. Drawing on my own autobiographical experiences of miscarriage I have worked in collaboration with the Charity 'The Miscarriage Association' developing work informed by a range of disciplines across the social sciences, arts and medicine. A PDF of the work can be downloaded at www.thethinbluelinethedeepredsea.wordpress.com

My new research is funded through Arts Council England. A Gardener’s Daughter explores the relationship between art, gardening and well-being through a practice-based research methodology. My artistic exploration of this subject currently has several strands; photography, creative writing, and undertaking an RHS Level 2 certificate in the Principles of Horticulture. Through this project I am exploring themes such as ‘Women and Gardens’, ‘Radical Gardening’ and ‘Politics of Gardening’. I am currently artist in residence at Dilston Physic Garden and I am also collaborating with Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, National Trust Wallington, A Space 2 Grow and Vertical Veg. I am also working towards an exhibition and a photographic book. www.agardenersdaughterblog.wordpress.com

Areas of expertise

  • Photography and 1960s/70s counterculture
  • Family photography/archives in the digital age
  • Representations of miscarriage and pregnancy loss
  • Photography and horticulture

Further information

My work can be viewed at www.marjolaineryley.co.uk.

Last updated 27 March 2018