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Current Exhibition

Foris: Looking at Trees / From a New Series of Photographs by Melissa Moore

Part of a new, larger series of the artist's nocturnal reckonings with London's trees, the 12 pictures exhibited in Foris gently unveil the urban arboreal and - through the act of looking, again and again - make us intimates to the strange, living presences of trees on our streets. At the same time, the photographs seem to acknowledge that the complexity of their subject presents a challenge to our understanding: each tree may ultimately remain unknowable and out of reach.

A limited edition series of prints is available exclusively at The Broadway Bookshop. For further details, please email: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

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Artist's Statement

The Latin root word for forest is foris - meaning: outdoors, door, and entrance.

There have been several press articles that note that London has been classified as a forest. The word forest was originally used to define legal property, rather than ecological category, and the definition of what a forest is can still be called into question - however, there are apparently 8.4 million trees in this city.

The photographs in Foris have been made over a few years and across many London boroughs, frequently during late night walks. Darkness has held a particular draw, when the city's own dimensions can fade from view, and the magnetism of the tree comes into prominence more fully.

When not illuminated by streetlights, trees can be hard to discern, and the camera's long exposure is relied on to light what the eye is struggling to see. While set up with tripod and camera squarely before striking trees, it was not unusual for other users of the night to ask what was being photographed. However, even in the daytime, trees can be hard to perceive. They are often completely unnoticed, and even when we do succeed in looking at them their scale, whether large or small, is each time a challenge to condense via a viewfinder.

It seems to be the consensus that trees are healthy to have in the city. Their presence perhaps also fulfils older needs, to do with safety and hiding. But trees also hide themselves. They suggest, but do not fully provide solidity. They have the ability to be both there and not there. The tree's sculptural and quasi-architectural presence is so physical and elaborate, and yet doesn't seem to demand our attention. Mostly we 'flip' by without noticing them.

The archetypal tree of life is a symbol that brings to the mind's eye a very complete image, but trees are used as metaphors in so many different cultural stories, they don't occupy a distinct meaning. Furthermore, new scientific knowledge of their various linked ecosystems of dependencies, possible excretions, or communicative electrical signals, via roots and underground fungal networks, means it is now harder to know where trees palpably begin and end. Neither established/ancient metaphorical associations nor growing scientific dimensions make it feel possible to know what the totality of a tree is.

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Melissa Moore is a London-based artist. She studied Photography at Manchester Metropolitan University, Experimental Visual Design at The University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria, and has a Masters of Fine Arts degree with Distinction for Research from the Royal College of Art, London. Her previous series Land Ends was exhibited in Europe, Singapore, Japan, US and Canada, and is in the permanent Museum collection of Fondazione Fotografia, Modena, Italy and collected in the monograph Land Ends, published by Skira in 2013. She is a Course Leader at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London.

You can read more about her work at Photomonitor; Aesthetica Magazine; and the Independent.

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Foris: Looking at Trees will be on exhibition at The Broadway Bookshop from 1 December 2017 to 1 February 2018 and can be visited during shop opening hours: Monday to Friday 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday 11 am - 5 pm.

We regularly hold events at our bookshop such as readings and book signings.

A Reading with MICHAEL AMHERST & LARA PAWSON

Thursday, 8 March 2018 at 7.00pm

We are pleased to announce that Michael Amherst (author of Go the Way Your Blood Beats, published by Repeater Books) and Lara Pawson (author of This Is the Place to Be, published by CB editions) will be appearing at the shop on Thursday 8 March to read from and discuss their recently published books.

Tickets £5 (includes a glass of wine). For booking please call 020 7241 1626 or email: books@broadwaybookshophackney.com.

For more information please see below.

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GO THE WAY YOUR BLOOD BEATS
by Michael Amherst

Using bisexuality as a frame, Go the Way Your Blood Beats questions the division of sexuality into straight and gay, in a timely exploration of the complex histories and psychologies of human desire.

A challenge to the idea that sexuality can either ever be fully known or neatly categorised, it is a meditation on desire's unknowability. Interwoven with anonymous addresses to past loves - the sex of whom remain obscure - the book demonstrates the universalism of human desire.

Part essay, part memoir, part love letter, Go the Way Your Blood Beats asks us to see desire and sexuality as analogous with art - a mysterious, creative force.

Praise for Go the Way Your Blood Beats:

"This wide-ranging, allusive, insistently self-interrogating book argues that both our politics and our poetics need to eschew fixed categories to accommodate ever more creative, fluid and elective identities. It's a book that demands intense engagement: I quarreled with every page, and I was grateful for the quarrel. I was grateful, too, for its passionate reminder that we are always more mysterious than the stories we tell about ourselves."
- Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You

Michael Amherst is a writer and critic. His short fiction has appeared in publications including The White Review and Contrappasso and been longlisted for the BBC Opening Lines and Bath Short Story Prize, and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. His essays and reviews have appeared in the Guardian, New Statesman, Attitude, the Spectator and Versopolis: European Review of Poetry, Books and Culture, among others. He is a recipient of an award from Arts Council England and is currently working on a novel as part of a PhD at Birkbeck, University of London.

Go the Way Your Blood Beats is published by Repeater Books.

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THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE
by Lara Pawson

This Is the Place to Be is a fragmentary and experimental memoir that started life as a sound installation for the 2014 London International Festival of Theatre programme 'After a War', directed by Tim Etchells and performed by Cathy Naden. It was named a New Statesman Book of the Year 2016 and a BOMB Magazine Book of 2016. It has been shortlisted for the Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing 2017, the PEN Ackerley Prize 2017 & the Gordon Burn Prize 2017.

Praise for This Is the Place to Be:

This Is the Place to Be is notable for its structural oddness. We might call it a memoir, but that wouldn’t quite do justice to its fragmentary, decidedly nonlinear narrative composition, which gives it a kind of oneiric quality redolent of experimental fiction… For all its personal candor, the spare laconicism of Pawson’s prose — even when recalling harrowing acts of violence — militates against any sense of intrusiveness or therapeutic excess. The result is a sense of intimacy lightly worn; we are told a lot, but it doesn’t feel like a lot.’
– Houman Barekat, Los Angeles Review of Books

‘What makes a life? Lara Pawson’s lucid, sudden and subtle memoir unpicks the spirals of memory, politics, violence, to trace the boundaries and crossing points of gender and race identity.’
– Joanna Walsh

'Lara Pawson’s This Is the Place to Be is a stark, compassionate and troubling text that summons a fragmentary autobiography, circling experiences from her growing up in England and her time as a reporter covering civil wars in Angola and Ivory Coast. She deals with big questions through an intimate mosaic of lived experiences – the blank, funny, awful, gentle shards that remain in memory years after events have taken place – returning her again and again to the themes of identity, violence, race, class, sexuality and the everyday lives of people across several continents.'
– Tim Etchells

This Is the Place to Be is published by CB editions.

Lara Pawson lives in north-east London. She is currently at work on a novel. For more information please visit her blog here.

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