Pam Skelton is an artist who lives and works in London. Her work investigates of geographies, histories and identities in post world war II Europe. These concerns are explored in relationship to the histories which inform specific spaces through the production of video works, paintings, curatorial activities and essay's. Her work explores absences and amnesia in relation to specific landscapes or sites within urban architecture where events that are buried or forgotten resurface into the present.
"In Skelton's work space is revealed to operate as a dense veil antagonistic to history and memory. In general, Skelton has wished to experiment with the connection of space and time –a connection enabled, hindered, or simply transformed, in the context of the moving image. Despite Skelton's departure from a formalist engagement with video as expressive of yet another medium-specificity, her insistence that video offers a plane of inscription attuned to the opacity of space strangely bring her very close to contemporary formalist analyses that stress the spatialising function of video. Yvonne Spielmann cites Raymond Bellour's argument that video is positioned ‘between the mobile and the immobile, between the photographic analogy and what has transformed it' and concludes that contrary to film structured through a serial sequence of images, video images 'spatially represent temporal distance through different layers of images merged with each other in the same image unit.' Skelton's then turn to video in order to mediate history through space appears to be of symbolic significance: the structure of the image in video mimics the layered, stratified structure of lived, historical space. Her video installations, and the projects of social research that underpin them, function as a force of disruption cutting across the different layers and mobilising new configurations of their various 'visible' and 'invisible' elements and parts."
'Extract from, History, Theatre and Video Art: Pam Skelton's Burning Poems' Angela Dimtrakaki in the catalogue Burning Poems, British Council. Russia 2005.
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