Sally Waterman

Transient Visions Festival 2020 (23rd October- 19th November 2020)


‘Between Us’ (2018) from the ‘Twenty’ project (2017-18) will feature in this year's online festival, based at the Spool Contemporary Art Space in Johnson City NY, USA.

Shot a year on from her partner's treatment for heart failure, this video is a celebration of his recovery, whilst recognising his vulnerability, viewed through a loving, female gaze. Based on the poem, ‘Loving You’ by Frances Horovitz, this black and white video acts as an intimate love letter to her partner, comprised of twenty-one photographs to signify their twenty-one years spent together.

'Flight/Mostra Internazionale del Cinema di Genova', Italy (10th-18th October 2020)


'Syncopation' (2017) from the 'Twenty' project has been selected for this year's festival and will feature in the video art programme at Etherea Art Gallery at the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa on 15th October at 20.30pm.

This video was derived from 'Home: A Structure on Trial' by Polish poet, Rafał Gawin. The poem took on autobiographical resonance, symbolic of my partner’s recovery from heart failure, with the home representing a place of refuge, whilst also becoming claustrophobic. The flickering sunlight, reflected upon the floors and doors is indicative of his irregular heartbeat, with correlations drawn between the structural dwelling and its signs of human presence and absence.

'At the Fringe’ Festival (10th-18th October 2020)


‘Against’ (2014) from my ’Translucence’ project is included in the 'At the Fringe’ experimental film programme on Saturday 10th October in section 3, ‘Dance of Matter, Dance of Vision’.

This festival, based in Tranås, Sweden will feature practitioners from Sweden and other countries working with different disciplines (visual art, literature, dance and film) in a special ‘State at Home’ online event and will conduct around 70 events. The festival is now in its seventh edition and this year they are collaborating with Tranås municipality's annual culture and rainbow week.

'MK Calling', MK Gallery, Milton Keynes (11th September-1st November 2020)


'Syncopation' (2017) and 'Between Us' (2018) from the 'Twenty' project are included as looping video installations in 'MK Calling'. This group show, curated by Anthony Spira and Fay Blanchard features over 130 artists across five gallery spaces, in the newly extended building that reopened in March 2019. The ‘Twenty’ project (2017-18) serves as a reflection upon the artist’s long term relationship with her partner in the light of his treatment for heart failure.

The exhibition originally opened on 15th February but the gallery closed on 17th March in response to the Covid-19 crisis. The show has now been extended and will now reopen on the 11th September and run until the 1st November.

'Lost in Isolation' Void Collective online exhibition (June 2020 - ongoing)


Two photographs from ‘Sermon’ (2008) from my ‘Waste Land’ project (2005-2010) have been selected by Void Collective for their online exhibition, ‘Lost in Isolation’. Featuring 37 artists, the artworks which have been made during the Covid 19 crisis, or relating to, times of isolation, highlight how art becomes even more meaningful; connecting us through these intimate and collective times of solitude and grief.

'Sermon' refers to Eliot’s appropriation of Buddha’s Fire Sermon, which warns against the fires of passions that destroy people’s lives; drawing parallels between Eliot’s troubled marriage and my own experience of parental divorce. The re-staging of imagined unfaithfulness, emotional responses and haunting reminiscences are ‘acted out’ through performed photography. These two metaphorical ‘Waste-land-scapes’ respond thematically to the text, emphasising the way in which I visualise traumatic experiences through the means of literary narratives to create an elusive form of self-portraiture.

The extracted quotations from this part of the poem, 'Her brain allows one half formed thought to pass' and 'I can connect nothing with nothing’ poignantly resonate with the rollercoaster of emotions and sense of uncertainty incurred by the coronavirus lockdown.

Recent Exhibitions & Events
23rd-29th August 2020
19th International Kansk Video Festival/SOPROMAT-TV, Russia, Screening of ’Syncopation’ (2017)

1st-5th July 2020
8th-17th November 2019
16th October 2019
19th September 2019
7th & 12th September 2019