On 26 September, Kim Conway will run ‘Phytogram’, a workshop to learn a technique that uses the internal chemistry of plants for the creation of images on photographic emulsion. This workshop for adults starts with a foraging walk around the Sunken Garden and towards Nayland Rock Hotel to collect your own plant matter. Once at Nayland Rock, we will learn about the role of Phenols in plants and how to make a contact print on black and white photo-sensitive paper.
The following Saturday, there will be a screening of ‘Phyto’ by Kim Conway, a form of “reality” cinema, without a plot or storyline. Plant matter from The Sunken Garden is placed onto photographic film emulsion and exposed under the sun. As the flowers and leaves react with the emulsion, the internal structures of the plant matter are revealed, and we witness a micro-inner world. Played back, the plants of the Sunken Garden are the actors; animated, ambiguous, fleeting.
Kim Conway is a Margate based artist, working with historic and alternative photography processes and is co-founder and director of The Darkroom Project at Resort Studios, where she teaches traditional and experimental analogue photography. Kim’s interest lies in process and in the ‘objectness’ and ‘materiality’ of the photograph. Recently Kim has begun researching and developing a more sustainable photographic practice working with plant based processes.
Kim Conway is a Margate based artist, working with historic and alternative photography processes and is co-founder and director of The Darkroom Project at Resort Studios, where she teaches traditional and experimental analogue photography.
Education: 2013 – Photography BA (Hons) at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Scholarship: 2018 – The Nick Jack Creative Scholarship. MA Fine Art. The University for the Creative Arts.
Residencies: 2020 – The Sustainable Darkroom. LAPC and Guest Projects
Leith Arts Festival, Scotland
Graduate Exhibition: Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury
Pint Sized: Brewery Tap Gallery, Folkestone
Aflojar La Cuerda: Garage Studios, Deal
Facets of Us: POW Festival, Resort Studios, Margate
Objectivity: Offshoot Arts Space, E.Finchley, London
Natural Light: Air Gallery, Manchester
Re-Thought: Pie Factory Gallery, Margate
Unstable/Sustainable: Format International Photography Festival, Derby
Sound recordist: Jemma Cullen
Audio technician: Armands Ozolins
Production assistant: Helder Clara
The artist further thanks the plants, leaves, flowers and petals of the Sunken Garden.