Images from Liz Atkin and Luke Pell’s collaborative series ‘In Conversation’ arose from their meeting in February 2011. A shared understanding of each other’s unique physical patterning and movement memory serves as a departure point from which to render visible, intimate acts of transformation. Working with abandoned everyday spaces and materials, Atkin and Pell surrender – through spontaneous improvisation – to their own embedded corporeal histories and those of the environments they encounter.
The first two works within the series are Throat Pieces (performed by Pell) and They Come Not As Single Sparrows but in Battalions (performed by Atkin). In witnessing these private performative happenings each photograph is considered synonymous with traumatic experience in its capacity to carry information that cannot be conceived in the moment out, into another time, place and context.
Luke Pell is a performance maker. Concerned with other ways of being in the world, he collaborates with outliers to pokes at those things we are unprepared for. Using the autobiographical body as a beginning for exploring intimate human experience, he responds through touch and light to develop visual poetries and emotive environments where thoughts and bodies shift between the ordinary and the ethereal. These explorations focus on relationship – between people and place – bringing our attention to fleeting moments that sometimes pass unseen.