Nicky Bird

Beneath the Surface / Hidden Place (2010)

Published at the end of a three year project, this book begins with a layered map and a particular encounter on an archaeological site. It takes the reader through a collaborative art process that combines family snaps and oral accounts of individuals and groups from communities across Scotland, in locations where physical traces of personal histories are on the brink of erasure. The resulting photographic works and accompanying texts investigate the precarious and powerful nature of memory, while exploring how photography and archaeology can be incorporated in both literal and metaphorical ways to speak of history.

Beneath the Surface / Hidden Place, 2010

Beneath the Surface / Hidden Place, 2010: Processes & Practices, double page spread

Beneath the Surface / Hidden Place, 2010: Si Monumentum Requiris, Circumspice: commeration and loss at Lethanhill, double page spread

Beneath the Surface / Hidden Place, 2010: Doon Valley, East Ayrshire, double page spread

Beneath the Surface / Hidden Place, 2010: Ardler, Dundee, double page spread

Beneath the Surface / Hidden Place, 2010: On Location, Foxbar, Paisley 2007, double page spread

Beneath the Surface / Hidden Place, 2010: A Short List of Resources, double page spread

Beneath the Surface / Hidden Place (2010), Cover inner: Ardler, redrawn maps 1971 / 2006


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The Brink of Erasure
Kirsten Lloyd, Curator, Stills

Processes & Practices
Nicky Bird and Rhona Warwick in conversation

Si Monumentum Requiris, Circumspice: commeration and loss at Lethanhill
Ray McKenzie

Elaine Mackie, Doon Valley Museum
Jan McTaggart

A Short List of (Re)Sources

Karen Hamilton

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Beneath the Surface / Hidden Place, 2010

A 48 page publication
33 illustrations, 30 full colour, 3 B&W
285 x 206mm (landscape)
ISBN: 978-0-906458-07-5

Edited by Cheryl Connell
Designed by Robert Dallas Gray
Stills, Edinburgh 2010


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