Rachel Wilberforce’s practice explores contemporary subjectivity through the relationship between everyday and other space, specifically drawing on Foucault’s notion of heterotopia. She is drawn to places with uncertain borders, sites on the edge, fleeting and precarious, hovering between different histories, uses and meanings. Through photography, collage and installation, the work aims to prompt questions about our relationship to space and place, alongside its historical and contemporary status. In responding to a site’s materiality and spatiality, she considers thresholds and demarkations, transitioning identities and purposes, and the potential for our mind to dissociate space or reveal the transcendental. By reassembling fragmented details (textures, found objects, architecture), the work becomes layered: at once historical and present, fictitious and real, liminal and fixed.
Wilberforce was awarded a Distinction in MA Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts. She has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally including Standpoint Gallery, Tate Modern, Freud Museum, Open Eye Gallery, Courtauld Institute of Art, Leeds Art Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Limbo Substation Project Space, BFI Southbank, Stanley Picker Gallery, Van Abbemuseum and Ron Mandos Gallery. She was awarded the Rector’s Scholarship MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts (2014), shortlisted for WW Solo Award (2013) and The Salon Photography Prize (2011). Her work is part of Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, Chaos Gallery and National Museums Liverpool collections. She is Creative Director of Re-Cog, Post Artists and Resort Studios Member and AIR (Artists Interaction and Representation) Councillor for a-n The Artists Information Company. Wilberforce lives and works in London and Kent. b. 1975.