Laura Oldfield Ford is an artist based in London. Her work explores contested spaces, landscape, architecture and memory by reworking the practice of the ‘dérive’ or drift as a subjective process of mapping territory, one that enacts forms of social antagonism. She is currently a researcher at the Royal College of Art (London) and lectures internationally on issues surrounding urbanism, architecture, protest and memory.
Her recent exhibitions include: Alpha, Isis, Eden at Showroom (London), Sky is Falling at CCA (Glasgow, both 2017), Chthonic Reverb at Grand Union (Birmingham, 2016), Itinerant Code at Tensta Konsthall (2015) and Ruin Lust at Tate Britain (London, 2014). In 2011, Verso published a collection of her zine Savage Messiah. In 2013 she was awarded a Stanley Picker Fellowship at Kingston University where she undertook new research on the phenomenon of suburbanisation.
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Image: Laura Oldfield Ford, instal shot: ‘Alpha, Isis, Eden’, Showroom (London, 2017).