Simon Fleury’s practice-led research fabricates museum-objects to explore and test the intimate entangling relations between the museum and the photograph: Accessing this saturated field of material relations (photospherics) via the conservation based modes of photo-documentation and material analysis
of museum-objects, known as the condition report (testing a counter-factual conservation).
Simon presented his research at several recent conferences; The Institutional Lives of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum (2019), and Memory, Word and Image: W. G. Sebald’s artistic Legacies, at Amsterdam University (2019), alongside taking part in the New Alphabet School, a 3 year project at HKW Berlin, that ‘aims to explore critical and affirmative research to rethink criticism as a practice of shared responsibility and care.’ Simon is a co-founder of Practices of Attunement, an itinerant study group ... set in motion at the (Un-)Learning Place ... gathering in response to a call, #instituting. Simon also hosts the online Material Photographies reading group.
Simon’s practice is underpinned by many years as a conservator at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, where he was responsible for the care of the Museum’s extensive photographic holdings. A practice underpinned by a background in photography, which has included extensive commercial experience, post-graduate study at the Royal College of Art, and PhD at Birmingham School of Art and Design (M3C AHRC). Simon’s work is in Tate and British Council collections.