The Archive of John Francis Shade (MA final project)

Throughout the MA I explored how I might use archives and documentation as both the subject and medium of my practice.

I was particularly interested in how narratives might be created within displays of archival materials, through the juxtaposition of elements. As the research progressed I increasingly focused on how fiction might be entered into these narratives, testing how I might create ‘false’ documents and histories.

The final project consisted of a body of work titled, The Archive of John Francis Shade. This imagined narrative revolved around the final, unmade film of a forgotten British director. An exhibition of photographic prints and texts (positioned as film stills and script excerpts respectively) was accompanied by a publication. This book sustained the narrative of the work as genuine archive, claiming to feature further unseen documents such as photos with notes and location scouting photos, alongside an essay by a supposed film historians.

The book can be viewed and purchased here. Image from book below.


ma book

Exhibition documentation.

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