TSP Incubator November 2017

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Monday November 13th 2017 at the CCA

Rowan Markson: Crimea Revisited: A History of Information Wars

TalkSeePhotography’s Incubator series is a public platform where emerging writers and makers of photography can present their ideas alongside a nominated responder within their chosen field. Following an open call in the summer we are pleased to present the first in our 2017/18 series of Incubator events with a presentation by Rowan Markson and he will be joined by artist/curator Alex Hetherington who will respond to the presentation and chair the following discussion.

Markson will present and discuss his ongoing ‘Crimea Revisited’ project. For this project Markson was granted funding from the Arts Council to revisit the site of Roger Fenton’s photographs The Valley of the Shadow of Death from the Crimean War 1853 – 56. The research takes a point of departure in the question around the truth value in the photograph and situates the Crimean War as the start of the ‘War of Information’. To further explore this Markson will use a visual timeline to narrate how visiting artists before and after the war have shaped the contemporary views of the area.

The culmination of the project was to be a documented performance reenacting the image in Crimea in but in 2016 the project took an unexpected turn when British Council reversed the arts council’s decision to fund the project. This unexpected development brings to fore the the extent to which impetus in state arts funding interact with policies far beyond the cultural sector.


Rowan Markson is an artist and curator based in Glasgow. He studied Photographic Arts at the University of Westminster. In his practice he brings together and examine fragments of events order to explore how disparate narratives can form alternative archives of collective memory.


Alex Hetherington works with the moving image, writing, publishing, performance and curatorial activities in event and exhibition-making. http://alexanderhetherington.com/

This event is scheduled to coincide with the ‘Roger Fenton – Shadows of War’ exhibition at the Queens Gallery, Royal Collections in Edinburgh. 4th August – 26th November, 2017.