As a senior conservator at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, Simon Fleury is responsible for the care of the Museum’s extensive photographic holdings. Simon’s practice-led research explores and tests the intimate entangling relations between the museum and photograph. This experimental practice foldingMUSEUMCAMERA, fabricates new museum-objects to explore the aesthetic yield of photo-based documentation and material analysis of museum-objects (conter-factual documentation). This research is the basis for a practice-led PhD at Birmingham School of Art and Design (AHRC M4C). This practice is 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.

I actively promote conservation centred projects at the V&A. This has included a roundtable exploring the emerging field of ‘experimental preservation’ (featured in Experimental Preservation, Lars Müller Press, 2016), and a collaborative project with artist Marie Lund, investigating the agency and ethics of conservation, through the making of a new artwork. Simon hosts the V&A’s Material Photographies reading group.

I presented my research at several recent conferences;  The Institutional Lives of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Memory, Word and Image: W. G. Sebald’s artistic Legacies, at Amsterdam University, 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.