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

Of particular interest in her investigations are working in social contexts to explore new ways of relating to each other and non-human forms of life at times of ecological uncertainty. Her current interests involve exploring intuitive and embodied ways of relating to plants within a contemporary context, inspired by Western, shamanic and indigenous traditions and practices.  Her work is more broadly influenced by, and centred around – folklore, myth, feminism, pre-history, ecology, alternative communities and science fiction – used as critical starting points to collectively re-imagine past, present, and possible futures.

Her practice involves working with 16mm film, to collectively re-perform or re-imagine processes and workshops with diverse groups, and/or in response to research interests, presented within installation and cinematic contexts. She is interested in the medium as a form of contemporary magic with the ability to re-enchant and transform, both through processes of making the work in social contexts and through filmic experience. 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.

Recent solo works include All is leaf, so to amplify the wonder (2019) supported by ACE and Barbican as part of Walthamstow London Borough of Culture,  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.