Sicilian Metamorphoses

Oliver Eglin in conversation with Federica Chiocchetti

15—15 jul 2014


In this event photographer Oliver Eglin talks to Federica Chiocchetti about his series “Markings”, a detailed look at the surface of Sicily’s oldest living tree and the crude engravings etched into its bark. Imported from Australia in the mid-19th Century, the Ficus macrophylla tree provides an interesting metaphor for the complex cultural make-up of the island.

This conversation explores photography’s ability to chronicle the past along with its intrinsic relationship to human spirituality and the desire to leave a physical imprint on the earth.

Oliver Eglin (born 1987) lives and works in London, where he studied BA Photography at Middlesex University until 2010. Raised in Staffordshire, he developed an early interest in both literature and film, which has subsequently informed his narrative and visual style. His work has been exhibited at Tate Liverpool, Foto8 and Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh. He is one of this year’s winners of Daniel Blau’s 5 Under 30 competition.

Federica Chiocchetti is a researcher in photography and literature at the University of Westminster in London. She is the founder and director of the Photocaptionist, a photo-literary platform that combines words and images. She is also an independent curator, currently working on the exhibition ‘Amateur Unconcern’ around the theme of WW1 & the archive, featuring material from the Archive of Modern Conflict, for the Hungarian Month of Photography in Budapest in November 2014.

The talk runs from 7:00 pm on Tuesday July 15th at 51 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB and will last for approximately an hour.

The event is free of charge.

Our talks are open to everyone. We recommend arriving promptly as seating is limited.