Sally Waterman

MeCCSA and Media Practice and Education Practice Network Annual Symposium, University of Lincoln (15th June 2018)


I will be presenting a paper entitled ‘The ‘Waste Land’ Project: Framing Practice-Based Research Through Literary Adaptation' at the Contexts of Film Practice, MeCCSA and Media Practice and Education Practice Network Annual Symposium. This paper will reflect upon the early stages of my practice-based PhD, considering how my video experiments based on T.S Eliot's poem were influenced by avant garde film and adaptation theory.

This event acknowledges the growing interest in Practice as Research in film across the academia, and will feature keynotes by Associate Professor Craig Batty (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) and Professor Brian Winston (University of Lincoln).


'Home on the Move', Whitstable Biennale (9th-10th June 2018)


My recent video, 'Home: A Structure on Trial' (2017) based on the poem by Polish poet, RafaƂ Gawin will be included in an exhibition at the 64a Gallery during the biennale.

The 'Talking Transformations: Home on the Move' project was commisioned by Dr. Manuela Perteghella and Dr. Ricarda Vidal and comprises of two poems about home which represent the immigration and emigration routes into and out of the UK and seven corresponding artist videos:

    "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."

'Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory' (Bloomsbury, 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.


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


This new publication 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."

Available as a free PDF download.

Recent Exhibitions & Events
3rd February-7th May 2018
3rd February-7th May 2018
3rd February-11th March 2018
'At the Violet Hour', Nayland Rock Hotel, Margate, Photographs from 'Sermon: Vol. I Encounter' (2008) from the 'Waste Land' project were featured in this group exhibition curated by Chiara Williams and Shaun Stamp.

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