In 2017 Rosie Gunn’s artwork ‘Chain of Resistance’ was carried in the recreation of a protest march as part of the Gestures of Resistance exhibition curated by Jean Wainwright at Romantso Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece. She mostly works with photography and moving image for single screen, multi-screen, projection and print with particular interest in meaning communicated by the body.
In summer 2016 she choreographed a dance performance ‘In Our Minds’ for the Arts Council funded project Everyday People in collaboration with a research project between the National Archive and UCA. Video documentation of the performance is touring UCA galleries and finishing at the National Archive in Kew in January 2017. In 2013 she collaborated on The Birth Of Stars, an interdisciplinary Arts Council funded dance project, to create and light the performances with a digital video projection that interacts with the music and choreography.
Her early videos and photography established the male body as a site of female erotic fascination. In 1993, she co-founded Exposures (with Grace Lau, Del La Grace Volcano and Robin Shaw), where she led a number of workshops including the popular Women Photo Men. Her photography was discussed and published in Emmanuel Cooper’s Routledge publication Fully Exposed, as well as in national publications such as The Sunday Times Culture supplement and Time Out magazine, and international publications from Norway to Brazil. BBC Two’s Everyman featured Rosie, her photography and workshops in Sauce For The Goose. In 1994, she took Exposures’ photography and workshop programme to the Melkweg in Amsterdam. The Exposures’ archive was accepted into the Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2008. Rosie’s early work continues to be shown regularly, most recently in 2015 as part of the group exhibition The Nude Male at the AVA Gallery, University of East London.
With Reconnection in 2003, Rosie began to explore images of childhood and family life in randomly changing digital photo grids, and in 2007, she made the three-screen HD video ‘Living Room’ for the National Review of Live Art. In 2009, Rosie was awarded a Teaching Fellowship for ‘My School’, and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2012.