“I am interested in how geographies, histories and identities in post WWII play out as unresolved tensions between forgetting and remembering, denial and acceptance in the aftermath of traumatic pasts such as the Holocaust, the Soviet Union and the former GDR (German Democratic Republic) and most recently Israel Palestine. I work with specific histories and sites which hold the residue of unresolved conflict. These projects tend to explore absences and amnesia in relation to specific landscapes or sites within urban architecture where events that are buried or forgotten resurface into the present.”
Pam Skelton lives and works in London. She is a visual artist and researcher and was Reader in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins until 2013. Currently she supervises 3 PhD students there. Pam has been responsible for initiating and producing several multidisciplinary arts projects since 1993 to the present day that explore the legacy of the aftermath of WWII and the Holocaust in East and West Europe, through investigations that intersect with history, memory, event and site.
Her work includes individual, collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects that since the early 90’s have primarily used lens based media. Many of which have received support from funding bodies including Arts Council England, Arts and Humanities Research Council, The British Council and Kultur Stiftung des Bund, West Midlands Arts, Calouste Gulbenkian and Wellcome Trust. Her work has been exhibited in England, Canada, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, France, Northern Ireland and Russia. Pam has also contributed to several publications and is the co-editor of Conspiracy Dwellings: Surveillance in Contemporary Art, (Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2010) and the book Private Views: Spaces and gender in contemporary art from Britain and Estonia (WAL/IIB Commissions include Burning Poems a site-specific installation in the Anna Akhmatova Museum, St. Petersbury (2005) which, was also exhibited at the Moscow Biennale 2007 and was toured in Russia by the Russian British Council. She was one of three artists collaborating with three academics in Archive of Exile a major Arts and Humanities Research Council, Speculative Project initiated by Sheffield University (2009-11). She was commissioned to produce Artists Pages for Women and War volume of the International Feminist Arts journal n. paradoxa in 2014 and since 2015 has been developing initial research into conflict and memory in Israel Palestine.