a-n Collaborations Bursary


Vapaan Taiteen Tila, Helsinki


Beginning with a week long residency / exhibition at Vapaan Taiteen Tila in Helsinki, Victoria Lucas and Flis Holland are developing an ongoing research led project that can be presented across Europe over the next 5 years.

In her practice, Flis Holland investigates the compulsion to return to locations that are no longer physically accessible, and their relationship to the places we currently inhabit. In particular she is interested in the use of scale reconstructions as a means of revisiting, further facilitated through the use of photography. Victoria Lucas selects and digitally archives places in moments of apparent stillness, unpopulated yet acutely defined by traces of human activity. Capturing failing architectural structures in apparent decline, Lucas interrogates the relationship between digital technology and notions of presence, absence and temporality.

Whilst Lucas’ practice strives to archive transient real time events, Holland seeks to reconstruct images that were never taken, moments that were never documented. Can the memory of a place be confined to a two dimensional digital representation, and does the construction of a replica in real space bring you closer to the space once inhabited? How can we better understand a site that no longer exists, that is no longer accessible and that can only be imagined?

The relationship between place, archive and memory was explored in April 2014 at Vapaan Taiteen Tila, a subterranean ex-bunker in Helsinki, Finland. More information on this ongoing project can be found here.




A free publication documenting the exhibition at Vapaan Taiteen Tila is now available. This 14 page concertina pamphlet documents Holland and Lucas’ Helsinki based exhibition, which took place in April this year as part of the Helsinki / Sheffield project. It comprises text and images from the two artists and documentation from the show. Elaine Speight, curator of In Certain Places, has also contributed a text that explores themes pertinent to the works exhibited. The publication will from part of a proposal for future exhibitions in Europe and beyond, and could develop in to a series as the project progresses.