Sally Waterman

'Global Photographies: Memory, History, Archives' (February 2018)


This new publication by Transcript features my contributing chapter, entitled, 'Re-imagining the Family Album through Literary Adaptation', which analyses the 'PastPresent' (2005) photographs and the 'Fortune-telling/Re-telling' (2007) and 'The Deep Sea Swell' (2009) videos from the 'Waste Land' project. The chapter outlines my practice-based PhD research which was later developed for a paper at the 'How History Enters Photography' symposium held at Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany in June 2012.

This edited collection by Sissy Helff and Stefanie Michels examines "...the relationship between history, photography and memory in a global perspective on three interrelated levels: firstly, in the artistic and cultural production of pictures, secondly, in the decoding of colonial and contemporary photography, and thirdly, in collecting photographs in picture archives dealing with colonial and anthropological photography. The contributions sketch the contested field of (post-)colonial photography and trace the manifold intertwinements between historical and contemporary photographs."

'Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory' (February 2018)


I have a chapter entitled 'Performing Familial Memory in Against' which analyses my 'Against' video from the 'Translucence' series in this recent publication, edited by Silke Arnold-de Simine and Joanne Leal which considers the role of the family photograph in forming both personal and collective cultural memory.

Based upon papers delivered at the 'Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory' conference held at Birkbeck, University of London in 2014, the contributors include Martha Langford, Oksana Sarkisova and Olga Shevchenko, Deborah Schultz, Richard Lowell MacDonald and Silke Arnold-de Simine alongside fellow co-ordinators from the Family Ties Network; Lizzie Thynne, Suze Adams, Jacqueline Butler and Nicky Bird.


Journeys with 'The Waste Land', Turner Contemporary, Margate (3rd February-7th May 2018)


My 'Fortune-telling/Re-telling' video (2007) has been selected for this group exhibition informed by T.S Eliot's poem, 'The Waste Land'. Journeys with 'The Waste Land' at the Turner Contemporary was facilitated by curator Mike Tooby (Bath Spa University), working with the local community to familiarise themselves with the poem's themes and identify suitable artists over a three year period.

Exhibiting artists include: Berenice Abbot, Fiona Banner, Christiane Baumgartner, Sir Peter Blake, William Blake, Frederick Callcott, Leonora Carrington, Cecil Collins, John Davies, Tacita Dean, Tess Denman-Cleaver, Benedict Drew & Nicholas Brooks, Jacob Epstein, Elisabeth Frink, Philip Guston, Henrik Håkansson, Rozanne Hawksley, Patrick Heron, Edward Holloway, Edward Hopper, David Jones, R.B Kitaj, Winifred Knights, Barbara Kruger, Matt Lewis, Wyndham Lewis, Nalini Malani, Helen Marten, Bernard Meadows, Ana Mendieta, Lee Miller, Olive Mudie Cooke, Henry Moore, Paul Nash, John Newling, Eduardo Paolozzi, Deanna Petherbridge, Man Ray, Paula Rego, Julia Riddiough, Martin Rowson, Monir Sharoudy Farmanfarmaian, Walter Sickert, John Smith, Lalage Snow, John Stezaker, Jo Stockham, Graham Sutherland, Emma Talbot, Berny Tan, Vibeke Tandberg, William Turnbull, JMW Turner, Cy Twombly, Sally Waterman, Jane & Louise Wilson, William Lionel Wylie, Carey Young

'Talking Transformations: Home on the Move' commission


I've recently completed a video based on a poem about home by Polish poet, RafaƂ Gawin for a new project led by Dr. Manuela Perteghella and Dr. Ricarda Vidal.

"Talking Transformations seeks to offer a platform to examine what ‘home’ means to us at a time when notions of ‘home’ in Europe are becoming more fluid, being challenged and reshaped by unprecedented migration. Motivated by Brexit, this project focuses on the UK and the countries most important to EU migration into and from the UK: respectively Romania and Poland and France and Spain. British poetry is sent through literary translation via France to Spain before returning home; in parallel, an original Polish poem travels through translation from Poland via Romania to the UK before returning to Poland."

Recent Exhibitions & Events
3rd February-11th March 2018
11th November-16th December 2017
9th-12th November 2017
11th September-26th October 2017
'Waves-Journey-Voyage', Special Collections and Archives, Goldsmiths, University of London (11th September-26th October 2017), Exhibiiton of 'Journey Home' and 'Voyage Boxed' bookworks and artefacts from 'Waves' project

19th-21st September 2017