We were thrilled to recently work with Trish Morrissey to produce her work for the first major survey of her work at the Serlachius Museums, Finland. This extensive exhibition brings together photographs and films from over twenty years of the artist’s practice and premieres a new body of work, including her most ambitious film installation, made especially for Serlachius Museums.
Morrissey, based in the UK since 1990, became prominent in the early 2000s among a generation of female photographers working with staged photography, often putting themselves in the picture. Throughout her career, she has combined performance, photography and film to develop and play real and fictional characters, using herself and collaborating with others to explore historical and contemporary ideas about women, family and the body.
Because she appears in her photographs and films, sometimes performing all the roles herself, and chooses characters with whom she identifies, Morrissey’s work also contains an autobiographical element, creating a kind of ‘autofiction’ where experiences from her own life are explored through the stories of others.
Themes of motherhood and female inheritance run through the exhibition, with Morrissey collaborating with her mother, sister and daughter in several works. Broadly chronological, the exhibition is loosely structured around a narrative about female experience from youth to middle age, and beyond.
The accompanying publication of the exhibition with an interview between the artist and Lucy Soutter and texts by Kate Best and Josephine Lanyon will be published by Parvs Publishing Ltd Summer 2022.
Trish Morrissey: Autofictions
5th February 2022 to 8th January 2023
Serlachius Museum Gustaf
Serlachiuksen katu 2,