Fiona Crisp

Tunnel entrance in mountain
Laboratorie Nazionali del Gran Sasso, access via Traforo del Gran Sasso freeway tunnel
Boulby Underground Laboratory
Professor Sean Paling, Boulby Underground Laboratory, UK. 2009. Photograph: Fiona Crisp
Fiona Crisp is known for creating installations of large-scale photographs that question the ontological presence of the photographic image. Her works are often generated by spending intensive periods of time in particular locations, past projects having involved working in the Early Christian catacombs of Rome and a Second World War underground military hospital in the Channel Islands. What unites these apparently disparate sites is that, contrary to their historic purpose that allowed access to a defined group of users, they have now been opened up as tourist sites where the boundaries between heritage, leisure and historical truth become inevitably blurred. Significant solo exhibitions include Negative Capability: The Stourhead Cycle, Matt's Gallery (2012), and the major touring show Subterrania that launched at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead in July 2009 before travelling to Impressions Gallery, Bradford and finishing at Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall in April 2010. A monograph entitled Hyper Passive surveying Crisp’s work over the last 10 years was published to coincide with the show by Matt’s Gallery. Crisp is currently an Associate Professor in Fine Art at Northumbria University Her current project Material Sight, funded by the Leverhulme Trust pursues these questions through collaboration with three world-leading research facilities for fundamental science.