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 the documentation and material analysis of museum-objects (the condition report). This research is the basis for a practice-led PhD at Birmingham School of Art and Design (AHRC M4C). 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.
Simon actively promotes 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.
Simon will present his research at the forthcoming 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.’