Esther May Campbell's exhibition starts today, featuring a range of pieces about country life in the city
The unique Bristolian working farm, Elm Tree Farm, will host a new photographic exhibition by Bafta winning filmmaker Esther May Campbell from 28th September to 1st October 2017.
This immersive show, called Water Salad On Monday, reflects on the tender life that exists on this little piece of country in the city. This book and exhibition of beautiful black and white photographs will see images pinned to all surfaces of Elm Tree Farm, creating a free to visit exhibition and treasure trail inviting viewers to explore the farm.
Tucked away on a 47-acre site in Stapleton, Elm Tree Farm is a small working farm and one of Bristol's hidden treasures. This thriving social enterprise and Care Farm provides support and training to adults with learning disabilities and autism as part of Brandon Trust, a leading learning disability charity. The farm breeds a variety of livestock and grows a wide range of produce using organic horticultural methods.
Water Salad on Monday artistically picks its way through the special natures that exists at this community farm. Elm Tree has animals, plants, volunteers, carers and adults with learning disabilities all working together to nurture life, community and friendships. This show is the result of a year in situ at the farm where Esther has been watching life and death, harvests and growth, mud and blood and a lot of laughter.
Central to the exhibition are intimate portraits of the people of this farm. Images will be hung behind chickens, in the canteen and amongst the fruit and veg, cropping up in unexpected places and spaces so that in a beautiful twist at the exhibition, the pictures will be found amongst the pigs, ducks, sunflowers and apples.
Esther May Campbell explains;
“I am interested in exploring the potential for transformation through the act of caring itself, while documenting carers - work that is so often overlooked or undervalued. The farm is a beautiful and inspirational place. The faces and the people are weathered and tender. Understanding and nurturing community and care is crucial and Water Salad On Monday seeks to investigate these qualities in photographic form.”
The exhibition, supported by Arts Council England, captures poignant, daft and mesmerisingly mundane moments in tiny details and vast emotion. A sometimes intuitive, sometimes self-aware methodology allows Esther to snap in a sensitive style that blurs definitions of documentary and fable. The new series of pictures bring to the fore the life-affirming hotbed of care, compassion and graft that is the foundation of this farm and of community-minded collective endeavours all over the world.
Known for her moving image work, Esther wrote and directed BAFTA winning short, September, which travelled the world picking up multiple awards to then be released as a soundtrack and DVD by Invada Records. More recently she completed the feature film Light Years shot around Bristol and starring singer Beth Orton. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival before going on to the London Film Festival and around the world. She makes music videos, has directed Skins for Channel 4 and Kenneth Branagh‘s Wallander and is part of the Cube Cinema where she specialises in running a cinema for displaced children in Haiti and Nepal (the Kids Kino Project).
For more information visit: https://esthermaycampbell.com/water-salad-monday/, https://esthermaycampbell.com