BA (Hons) Art & Philosophy // DJCAD ’20
Kaya is a multi-media artist and writer working with analogue photography, archives and amateur home movies. Using memory work, the home and it’s extended boundaries to the two schemes she grew up in, she celebrates the forgotten practices of The Everyday Archivist.
“It all begins at home.
We got here by uncovering a practice that has always filled me with great joy — rummaging. sifting my mums, dads, grans, nana and papas’ homes to find things from my everyday past, that sporadically surface in my memory. Hoping that they have been archived in some way so that I can pay homage to them.
I use the term ‘the everyday archivist’ as a title a lot in my practice as I find it simply the most descriptive terminology for what I do. The recurrent themes throughout my work are un-surprisingly, the ‘everyday’ and ‘archives’ or archival processes. The common factor between these two broad themes is the site I specifically look at; the working-class home. Which, despite facing full-frontal measures of austerity is a site teeming with everyday cultural archives. I feel most influenced when sharing and collectively remembering working-class everydayness with others. These memories are kneaded into my practice through memory work which becomes visual and textual artworks.
Through filmmaking, I document the everyday in colour and the intangible memories of the archived everyday in black and white. Through photography, I have a continuing series I work on called ‘Scheme Sublime’ which takes inspiration from and brings together a bit of New Topography, Suburban Sublime and British Social Documentary photography. In both lens-based mediums, I have nurtured the learning of using sentimental cameras that found themselves in my care, after rummaging—each one adding different layers of nostalgic perspective to the film and photography projects.
I’ve found great solace in the archived collections of my family, places I call home and our old everyday during this pandemic. The hues from the films everyday shots now highlight their ephemerality.”
Kaya recently won the University of Dundee’s Art, Philosophy and Contemporary Practices (APCP) Award, as well as ‘Best Art & Philosophy Oral Presentation’.
Nae Baw Games
20 x 20 cm
Price available on request