Tracing Thames Chronicles

Stephanie Rubin’s work traces the intricate threads connecting one generation with another through time and geographical location and gives them to us literally embodied in the features of her subjects. The play between the corporeal and ungraspable aspects of a life is set up by the calmly solid heads in their soft ivory-white tone, and the open ‘scaffolding’ of the wooden structures which give a sense almost of floating and even a slight tension. The disembodied voice of the audio material also adds the immaterial element, as we are invited, alone in the world of the headphones, into a personal story.

The storytelling tradition is alive, in much contemporary work, with the distinction and overlap between documenting and interpreting reality being crucially explored: Rubin’s work approaches from both angles simultaneously, through her combined use of modelling and audio recordings, so that it includes both the subjectivity of the sitter and her own, as artist.

Mary Goody 2004

This is an audio-visual project exploring continuity, cultural identity and change. It takes as its subject first, second and third generation Londoners from a variety of cultures.

Tracing Thames Chronicles is a collection of life stories, it is an insight into past and present traditions. These stories have been kept alive and handed down.

This work consists of a series of nine heads of people aged between 28 and 80 who live or have lived within the borders of London. The viewer can listen to isolated testaments and conversations through headphones which relate stories or rituals from a life.