In July 2022, the Heavy Water Collective spent time with a selection of rare books, maps, objects and illustrations in the Special Collections Library at the University of Cardiff, as part of an Art Residency generously supported by the Four Nations International Fund.
Maud Haya-Baviera has selected specific war correspondence and other historical materials that are able to convey a sense of narrative or self-narrative. She has drawn relationships between past and current events, particularly those relating to propaganda and war-time. Through her research, she has found enticing visual material able to support a narrative thread, and which will become part of a new video work.
Victoria Lucas has developed a constellation of images that bring together 18th Century bodies and landscapes in a way that confronts colonial practices and capitalist power. Ovaries sit alongside charted islands, depictions of colonisers are deconstructed and presented as brutally articulated forms, material traces are subverted and used as feminist amulets to bring good fortune.
Joanna Whittle examines texts that describe these times of chaos, where the devil walks the earth and the fires of hell openly burn in the unstable ground into which blasphemers plummet. Her drawings depict ruins constructed from theses layered and makeshift shrines, erected over and around them, and imagine the objects and talismans concealed in the pockets of shrouds.
The project concluded with an in-conversation event hosted by Künstlerhaus Dortmund in January 2023.