Elizabeth Orcutt & Matt Pontin

Elizabeth Orcutt is an artist and researcher interested in portraiture as a means of creative conversation and the wider notion of how identity is disseminated within visual culture. www.elizabethorcutt.com

 

Matthew Pontin is creative director of Fotonow CIC, a media organisation based in Plymouth developing photography and film projects as a catalyst for social change. www.fotonow.org

Communities often comprise layers of narrative. Indeed, once scratched, Knowle West reveals itself as a cast of characters with diverse stories set against biographical locations. We worked together to gather personal and archival material- including at Knowle West Fest – over summer 2016. These included community archives, local fables, incidental chats and contemporary studies of the area.

 

These rich ingredients have been merged into a series of bespoke dioramas presented as miniature personal histories, like miniature theatres that express identity through a montage of people, place and mixed up time.

 

Featured:

Bob Fisher and Skemers Winters, two of Knowle West’s boxing legends, now on Filwood Broadway, and Bob Fisher (standing) in one of his contests in 1958.

 

Julie, a volunteer at the Health Park and keen hula-hooper. Behind her is Filwood community centre and the Eagle House First Eleven from 1954.