Simon Olmetti

Simon Olmetti
Simon Olmetti

Research Project Summary:

My research focuses on queering the British landscape, particularly its liminal structures connected to spirituality, magic and folklore like stone circles, ancient paths and forests. I consider queering the landscape as an act of (re)appropriation and transformation, in order to free it from centuries of patriarchal and moral oppression, reclaiming it for a section of society that has been marginalised. Queering therefore is imagining a landscape with an alternative use that recuperates the past in order to create new possibilities. My aim is to contribute to aspects of queer ecology that pertain to the (re)appropriation of natural spaces for queer use, particularly through spirituality, utilising rituals (performance), drawing and photography.

Biography:

I’m an artist based in London. I’ve gained an MA in Fine Art Photography from Westminster University and studied painting and performance at various institutions, including Central Saint Martin’s College and LADA (Live Art Development Agency). My practice explores questions of identity, desire and place through drawing, photography and performance.

Supervisor

Francis Summers Terry Perk Sunil Gupta