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Rosalind Fowler is an artist and filmmaker, with a background in visual art and anthropology. Working across film, sound, performance and installation, often through collaborative and social practices, she creates work that weaves together experimental film, poetic ethnography, and performance, moving between documentary and fiction forms.

Predominantly working with 16mm film, she is interested in the medium as a form of contemporary magic with the ability to enchant and transform. She hand-processes the work using an ecological formula, subsequently tinting some images with natural plant dyes. The textured materiality of the film bears traces of these processes, often then combined with digital imagery.

Of particular interest in her investigations are working with people to uncover the politics and poetics  of place and belonging in the contemporary English landscape, through the prisms of folklore, herbalism, myth, pre-history, feminism, ecology and alternative communities. These sites are used as critical starting points to collectively re-imagine past, present, and possible futures.

Recent solo works include BREADROCK, Chant of the Whaleswan Kestle Barton (2018), and BREADROCK, I feel like doing this, PEER (2018) in collaboration with Fourthland,  and NowhereSomewhere (2016) a 2-screen film installation for William Morris Gallery, Barbican Foyer Art commission, and Somerset House’s Utopia season. She was selected as artist in residence at the William Morris gallery in 2016. Others commissions include What Lies Below (2015) supported by Wellcome Trust and BFI, Tamesa (2015) NOW gallery, and Folk In Her Machine (2014) supported by AHRC. Her work has exhibited and screened widely, including at ICA, BFI, Jerwood gallery, Plymouth Arts Centre, Pumphouse gallery, and PLACE: Common Ground, curated by Gareth Evans (Whitechapel Gallery). Her short film Tamesa (2015) was nominated for Best Experimental Short Film Award at London Short Film Festival, 2016.