Tate Modern Talk

Writing Photographs

Erica Scourti, You Could've Said 2013 © Erica Scourti

​Erica Scourti, You Could've Said 2013 © Erica Scourti

Take a look at how photography is expanded, altered and dissected through the use of text and writing

Building on London College of Communication’s reputation for conceptual photography, this artists’ discussion between Marcus Coates, Clunie Reid and Erica Scourti puts forward photography as an interdisciplinary practice. By combining the image with elements such as the voice, technology and performance as a means of writing within this expanded field, these artists’ work counter traditional notions of text and the photograph, adding to a contemporary understanding of Writing Photographs. The conversation is chaired by artist and writer Wiebke Leister.

Following on from this event each artist will lead a practical workshop delving further into the relationship between writing and photography.

In collaboration with the Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary Research Hub, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London.

​Clunie Reid, Melania Speaks 2107. Digital still. Courtesy of the artist.

​Clunie Reid Melania Speaks 2107. Digital still. Courtesy of the artist.

Marcus Coates, Why have i been holding myself back from a deep and lasting love? 2016. Pigment print. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery.

Marcus Coates Why have i been holding myself back from a deep and lasting love? 2016. Pigment print. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery.

Erica Scourti, NEGATIVE DOCS 2016. Film still. Courtesy of the artist.

Erica Scourti NEGATIVE DOCS 2016. Film still. Courtesy of the artist.


Marcus Coates lives and works in London. He devises processes to use the pragmatism and insight that empathetic perspectives and imagined realities can offer. He explicitly addresses a need to create functional and inclusive languages where conventional strategies of understanding prove inadequate. Recent exhibitions include You Might As Well Ask A Crow, Workplace Gallery, London 2016; Marcus Coates, Kate MacGarry, London, 2015; and Ape Culture, HKW Berlin, 2015. In 2013 he was shortlisted for the Trafalgar Square 4th Plinth.

Wiebke Leister is a German artist and writer, who studied photography at the University in Essen and gained a PhD from the Royal College of Art in London. Wiebke is course leader for MA Photography at the London College of Communication and has also taught fine art photography at Fachhochschule Bielefeld and Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen. She is also a co-organiser of the Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary research hub.

Clunie Reid is an artist working in print and digital media. She is interested in modern histories of image based critique, images and identification, subjectivity and the ongoing function of the feminine in representation. Solo exhibitions of her works include Peek A De Boom, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart 2009; Dumb Down, Get Dressed, Move Out, Studio Voltaire, London 2010; and Project 8 at the Contemporary Art Society 2015. She was exhibited as part of Art Now at Tate Britain with James Richards in 2010 and is part of the Tate collection. She is Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martins.

Erica Scourti was born in Athens, Greece and is now based in London. Her work across different media draws on personal experience to explore life, labour, gender and love in a fully mediated world. She has exhibited at the Wellcome Collection, CTRL+SHIFT, Oakland, Somerset House, Microscope Gallery, New York, FACT, The Photographers’ Gallery and Hayward Gallery, and presented talks at Whitechapel Gallery, South London Gallery, IMPAKT Festival and the ICA amongst others. In 2015 Erica was in residence at Wysing Arts Centre and the White Building, London, and she is currently a resident of Somerset House Studios.

This event has been provided by Tate Gallery on behalf of Tate Enterprises LTD.​

Tate Modern

Starr Cinema

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

6 May 2017 at 14.00–16.00

Sponsored by

The J Isaacs Charitable Trust

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