Invitation to Revolv Collective: Archives as Medium

Revolv Collective will present its new Archives as Medium exhibition – an interrogation of the notion of the archive through the use of photography, film and sculpture – at Four Corners Gallery in East London. Alongside the exhibition, Revolv will run workshops with special guests to inform and inspire emerging artists.



Tues 5th September 2017, 6.30pm – 8.30pm



Wed 6th – Sat 9th September , 10am – 6pm


Collaborative Zine Workshop:

Fri 8th September, 10:30am – 3pm


Artist Talks & Panel Discussion:

Sat 9th September, 11am – 3pm


Four Corners Gallery, 121 Roman Road, London, E2 0QN

Admission is free of charge


Supported by The University of Portsmouth’s Professional Practice Fund, this first exhibition by Revolv features the work of Krasimira Butseva, Laura Gowing, Vera Hadzhyiska and Lina Ivanova. Together, they challenge the purpose and function of the archive. They recreate, reinvent and preserve the archive as a medium. From social, cultural and political documentation, to new lines of construction and appropriation, visitors will see the archive change and evolve through bodies of cultural, collective and personal creative work.


In addition to the Archives as Medium exhibition, the free workshops will include:

Friday 8th September

Revolv will welcome visitors and creative professionals from Chrono Collective, Pupil Sphere and London Alternative Photography Collective to collaborate in the making of a zine. Featured artists and all involved in the production process will receive a free copy.

Saturday 9th September

Revolv will welcome Carole Evans, co-founder of Portrait Salon, Phil Serfaty, founder of Black Tower Projects, and award-winning artists Felicity Hammond and Russell Squires, to provide valuable insights into, among other things, the world of curation, how to approach galleries, applying for grants, and the benefits of working in education. The talks will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session.

Chrono Collective

founded by Bertie Oakes with the aim to showcase the best young and unexposed talent within photography, presenting this within a magazine format. Each issue has a different theme and features articles and interviews on selected artists, online as well as in print.

Pupil Sphere

a creative community created by Daniel Ainsworth whilst undertaking a BA in Photography. It is aimed at current students and recent graduates, providing a platform to publish work in the form of regular articles and interviews.

London Alternative Photography Collective

founded in 2013 and co-directed by artists Melanie King, Almudena Romero and Diego Valente. The collective specifically focuses on how analogue and alternative photography processes are used in contemporary art. The London Alternative Photography Collective organises talks, symposia, exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations. Through these activities, they aim to support practitioners who use traditional photographic processes in new ways. Overall, the London Alternative Photography Collective provides an open platform for knowledge and skill exchange, where artists can develop their ideas and share tips about processes.

Felicity Hammond

a successful emerging artist, who graduated with an MA from the Royal College of Art in 2014. Her work addresses issues surrounding the urban landscape, the death of industry and the birth of technology. Through photography she explores construction sites, obsolete built environments, industrious change and engages with economic issues. She makes richly-coloured and installation-based work. Having won a number of prizes, Hammond will share advice on how to apply for open calls, commissions and funding.

Russell Squires

is a multi-faceted artist, primarily using photography within a fine art and conceptual based context. His current practice is concerned with the very construct and formation of photography and its dissemination into popular culture. He teaches at several institutions, including Southampton University. He will present the benefits of working in education and the associated opportunities to develop one’s artistic practice.

Philip Serfaty

holds an MA in Curation from Goldsmiths University and has previously worked with a number of galleries as well as a wide range of artists. He is the founder of Black Tower, a not-for-profit space and artists’ studio provider in South London. Black Tower invites artists to explore the potential of a site of production that doubles as an exhibition space. As well as offering time for experimentation and room to test out ideas, Black Tower encourages and facilitates collaborative practice. Serfaty will offer advice on approaching galleries and exhibition spaces, ways of gaining exposure and he will share his plans for future artistic projects and opportunities.

Carole Evans

is co-founder of Portrait Salon – A Salon des Refusés of work rejected from the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery. Portrait Salon is in the form of a projection and publication, unrestricted by space, providing opportunity to show high quality work which would normally go unseen. She also founded and curated the inaugural Altrincham Arts Festival, a pop-up arts festival turning empty shops of the town into temporary art galleries. She will share information about the creative industry drawing upon her experience of working at Photofusion, tutoring at UCA Farnham, lecturing at Ravensbourne and working as an independent photographer and curator.


About the show:


Krasimira ButsevaLaura GowingVera Hadzhiyska and Lina Ivanova are young photographers who have come together to present shared interests and discourse, dealing with experiences of migration and cultural diaspora. From social, cultural and political documentation, to new lines of construction and appropriation, visitors will see the archive change and evolve through bodies of cultural, collective and personal creative work.

Some of their previous exhibitions include:  Prototype & Studio Komplekt at Societe General Express Bank, Sofia,Bulgaria; Third International Photo Salon, Plovdiv, Bulgaria; Uncertain States / Emergence – Photomonth London 2016; Platform 2015, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth.

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We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the people who made this endeavour possible and supported us along the way.

We would like to thank the University of Portsmouth for funding our ideas, as well as our tutors for their support and help through the years: Judy Harrison, Peter Ainsworth, Jonathan Baggaley, Roel Paredaens, Leslie Hakim-Dowek, Richard Kolker and all staff of the School of Art and Design.

We would also like to thank Ivan Lebanov, Emil Nidal, Marina Ivanova and Toni Atanasova for their constant support and generosity.

We would also like to thank everyone who helped us fund and organise this event: Ivan and Temenuzhka Ivanovi, Hristina and Petko Butsevi, Iain and Nicole Rayner, Julia Davidson, Melody and Neil Kennet, Adam Marsh, Andrea Tzontcheva, Ashford School, Aspex Gallery, Emma Durrant-Fellows, Amie Friend, Minhaj Ahmed, Rosi Dimitrova, Lucy Levene,Vesselina Ivanova, Andrew Bentley, Aleksandra Bibishkova, Alexandra Boaru, Altan Pirov, Amy Oliver, Carys Rees, Dimitar Fidanov, IIko Ambarev, Marin Mitev, Oana Damir, Leanne Edwards, Maliha Nazerali, Melissa Belton, Peter Spurgeon, Rosie Lovatt, Sarkiz Mutafyan and Stephanie Orr.