Diorama: Institutions Produce ‘Knowledge'

Diorama: Institutions Produce ‘Knowledge'

In this conceptual work the Ceramic Staircase leads into an artist’s studio in an art college, Wimbledon College of Art where an artist, herself based in an academic Geography Department (at Royal Holloway, University of London) was engaged on a residency concerning an archive of photographs of South Asian textiles and their conditions of manufacture, working in co-operation with the V&A. This artist, in fact. From such co-operation between institutions it is supposed and hoped that ‘knowledge’ or understanding will be generated. This artwork suggests the institutional framing of the archive and seeks to reference the question: how do such knowledge institutions as art colleges, museums, universities, acting as sites of knowledge-production, affect the ‘knowledges’ or understandings which are produced? Perhaps it’s the knottiest question raised in this series of works.