2013 HIGHLIGHTS – Susana Sanroman / Open Studios Weekend

The OPEN STUDIOS WEEKEND is a chance to see dynamic  Spanish artists based in London.  Since its origins in 2009, Spain NOW!’s mission has been to promote contemporary Spanish art in London:  this new initiative is one further step to highlighting important emerging artists and to making their presence known both at national and international levels.
Susana Sanroman.The thing we leave behind_web
SUSANA SANROMÁN studied a BA honours Photography and graduated from London College of Communication In 2008. Since then, she has been involved in a number of exhibitions, presenting her own work as well as organising group exhibitions. In 2009 she created the curatorial partnership Artcrunch together with India Roper-Evans.
Susana collaborated on regular basis with Shunt Lounge. She was also founder of photographic project Centrepoint Collective and assists renowned photographer Tom Hunter since 2008.
She is being represented by Stephen Bartels Gallery since 2013, a gallery in London that exhibits the work of select Leica photographers from all over the world.



The things we leave behind
This project aims to highlight the impact of this waste, resulting from the continuous production of goods in our societies. It also looks at the effects of phasing out certain activities and industries that are no longer sustainable, as a result of the economic constraints on the system.

The images portray real scenarios, where the accumulation of waste has occurred naturally.

Making use of a merely figurative and anonymous signifier,  Sanroman uses the ‘mummy’ to imply that ‘human’ presence and society are the catalytic changing forces in the landscape we observe.

See images of The things we leave behind in the gallery below
In transitum
In transitum originally started as a video art commission, examining the evolution of mass movements in the ‘urbe’. The video addressed the crucial challenge that human mobility represents in the big city, with its exponential growth, disproportionate to the space.
After endless hours of recording, I started to feel interested not so much in the behavior of crowds, but rather the anonymous nature of the mass.One month later, I embarked in a parallel photographic project with a more voyeuristic approach. The mechanism of photography enables you to invert the process; instead of recording the continuous flow of people, the camera is able to freeze the action and therefore isolating the individual/individuals from the multitude.I was able to immortalise instants that otherwise would have fallen into oblivion, like the hundreds of faces that our brain automatically erases from our daily encounters.The unaware pedestrians are captured floating in a single moment in time; the individual’s anonymity is preserved under the communal identity of the crowd, even though we don’t recognise their faces, we can wonder about their identities.
See images of In Transitum in the gallery below
Memorabilia is a series of black and white photographs; the images were made by multi-exposure over a period of 7-8 years. The central idea behind the piece is the reconstruction of memories through photography. The project focuses on themes related to the mechanism of memory, its emotional burden and relationship with the environment.
As a result we look into a series of rescued instants, saved from oblivion by the  process of developing photographic film. Present and past overlap to form a single negative, creating new narratives where the central themes are memory and the inexorable passage of time.
See images of Memorabilia in the gallery below


www.susanasanroman.com (artist website)

www.susanasanroman.co.uk (commercial website)