'The Curious Moaning of Kenfig Burrows', Sophy Rickett, 2019
Shortlisted in 2020 for the prestigious Kraszna Kraus Awards, The Curious Moaning of Kenfig Burrows book combines a striking collection of 41 photographic works inspired by the life and work of 19th Century Welsh artist and astronomer Thereza Dillwyn Llewelyn. Through photography and text, Rickett charts her journey towards making sense of the sprawling and complex Dillwyn Llewelyn family archive.
The story of Thereza was the starting point for the project. However, right from the start, the objectivity of Rickett’s ‘investigation’ is corrupted by an idiosyncratic approach, where findings from original research conducted at the British Library are combined with chance encounters, subjective associations and miscommunication. Rickett attempts to establish links between the Dillwyn Llewelyn’s remote world of Victorian privilege, their use of photography, and her own experience of life, work and photography, in 21st Century Britain.