Slide Show is an open studio event hosted by Holly Rose O’Brien as part of a 10-week summer residency with Studio Pavilion.
The show presents ongoing research into alternative modes of storytelling, fiction and moving image as a vehicle for uncovering buried histories and archives.
This research brings together visual film journals, writing, slide shows and moving image works to explore feelings of longing and belonging connected to place and the desire for documentation. Slide Show examines the obsolescence, displacement and decay of the image and its potential to embody new narratives and resitutated histories.
A screening of Gabriella Davies’ short film Blue Italian will take place in the exhibition space The film explores Italian migration to the midlands through her late Nonno’s 8mm home videos. Using his narration alongside clips from TV and film, this piece illustrates the gap between the romanticised images of Italians in popular culture and the harsh, overlooked reality of working-class industrial migration.
The public are invited to the open studio at Studio Pavilion from 12-8pm, with drinks and snacks from 5pm.
Holly Rose O’Brien is freelance curator and researcher based in Glasgow. Her research explores archives, ephemeral public art and lens-based media as tools for a sustainable socially engaged practice. She is part of the curatorial duo HO.RR and is a committee member for Strange Field in Glasgow. In 2021, she graduated with a MLitt (Distinction) in Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) at Glasgow School of Art, and later that year attended the Interdisciplinary Residency at Hospitalfield. Her independent curatorial projects include a thing that remembers itself (2021), To a Passer-by (2020) and research project, Due Chiacchiere (ongoing). She has also worked as a freelance curator for Tramway TV co-curated a two-part showcase of work from Glasgow School of Art graduates and The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery.