FT Weekend presents: Fiona Rogers in conversation with Natasha Caruana
Parasol Foundation Curator of Women in Photography at the V&A Fiona Rogers talks to Margate-based artist Natasha Caruana about working across photography, moving image and installation. As the respective founders of the photographic communities Work, Show, Grow and Firecracker, the pair will also discuss the importance of support and collaboration.
Natasha is an artist working across photography, moving image and installation. Natasha has an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, London. Her work begins autobiographically, exploring narratives of love, betrayal and fantasy, underpinned by a performative and playful approach. Her work is created drawing from archives, the Internet and personal accounts. She is the founder of Work Show Grow and a Senior Lecturer of Photography at the University of the Arts London.
In 2018 Natasha set up the organisation Work Show Grow, which hosts supportive and collaborative workshops throughout the year. At the heart of the WSG ethos is the belief that progressing a creative work doesn’t need to be lonely and competitive. It can be fun and supportive. Since 2016 Natasha has run the NC mentorship scheme, an annual mentorship aimed at women under-represented within the arts. The self-funded scheme supports creative development, confidence, and provides valuable practical knowledge on how to maintain a creative work. Natasha works between London and Margate, Kent.
Fiona Rogers is the inaugural Parasol Foundation Curator of Women in Photography at the V&A. She was previously Director of Photography & Operations for Webber, a photographic agency and gallery with offices in London, New York, and Los Angeles. Prior to Webber she worked for Magnum Photos in a variety of roles, rising to Chief Operations Officer where she was responsible for running the agency and designing and implementing strategies in collaboration with the CEO.
In 2011 Fiona created Firecracker, a digital platform and network to champion female photographers. In 2012 Firecracker launched a Photographic Grant and has since awarded £20,000 in funding to female artists. In 2017, Fiona published Firecrackers: Female Photographers Now (Thames & Hudson) with co-author Max Houghton.
Fiona has curated exhibitions with a range of artists including Theo Simpson, Marvel Harris and Zora J Murff and has contributed written articles for books and magazines including Photoworks and the British Journal of Photography. She holds a BA from the Surrey Institute of Art & Design and is an Associate Lecturer in Photography at the London College of Communication. Fiona is a keen supporter of emerging talent and has participated in juries and festivals internationally. She is a member of the RPS Awards Committee and a Trustee of the Martin Parr Foundation and the Peter Marlow Foundation.