Album 31 is a photographic and text based project by Sophy Rickett and Bettina von Zwehl. In an ongoing process, the artists revisit decades of their own 'outbox' material to reconsider the decisions that led to each rejection.
The project began when the artists were invited to respond to the photographic archives held at the Library of Birmingham. Through their engagement with the archives - and specifically the albums compiled by Victorian photographer and parliamentarian Sir Benjamin Stone - they began to develop Album 31 by establishing a set of practical and conceptual principles that allow them to continue their own practices and periodically re-configure them together. They are interested in collaboration as a way of sharing ideas and providing companionship, support, conviviality, but also, one that can bring about tensions, difference, negotiation, and compromise."
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