Uncharted Stories

Uncharted Stories: Group Description

In Sara Angel Guerrero-Rippberger on June 9, 2009 at 6:29 pm

We are a collective of PhD and MPhil students from the University of the Arts London who have joined forces with other visual artists and art organisations to produce contemporary art exhibitions and engage research topics with new perspectives. Our members include visual artists, designers, curators, art historians and gallerists, all from different parts of the world:

Sara Angel Guerrero-Rippberger

Pedro Carvalho de Almeida

Joanna Choukeir

Rossella Emanuele

Hannah Hurst

Caroline Menezes

Marcela Montoya

Idit Nathan

Mariana Pestana

Sheila Pontis

Cayetano H. Rios

Richard Yang

Senem Yazan

Our first curatorial exercise is to create artwork, narratives, and art lab style workshops for the benefit of designing an exhibition on the theme of marginalised cultural histories.

Read more about the group’s description and mission on the About us page.


Biography: Senem Yazan

In Senem Yazan on June 10, 2012 at 8:54 am

Senem Yazan is a research student at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Yazan’s research ‘The Black Princess of Elegance’ focuses on the characteristics of dandyism and its manifestations in women who worked in the fields of politics, literature, visual and performing arts, and lived in the context of the early feminist movement in turn-of-the-century Paris and London.

Yazan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design and earned a Masters of Arts with distinction from Centre for Fashion Studies at Stockholm University in 2008. Her thesis ‘The Constant Avant-Garde: Androgyny and Otherness through Takarazuka Revue in the Land of The Rising Sun’ investigated the effects of displacement, alienation and colonialism on cultural identity with focus on Japanese theatre.

Prior to her academic career, she had extensive industrial experience as a production designer in fashion, film, theatre, opera and modern dance. Recipient of numerous awards and grants, Yazan was appointed to Swedish Arts Grants Committee and IASPIS delegation in Sweden, as well as a member of staff at London College of Fashion in 2010.

Helen Couchman

In Helen Couchman on October 14, 2009 at 2:07 am

Processes of exchange in the landscapes of urban renewal. What is the significance of what we change, preserve or destroy?


Beijing 2008

My area of research is into the reciprocity and exchange between inhabitants, business, architects and governments who develop land, change cities and thus society’s behaviour. Themes I see as particularly exemplified in the work of anthropologist Marcel Mauss.

A considerable part of our morality and our lives themselves are still permeated with this same atmosphere of the gift, where obligation and liberty intermingle.     …themes of the gift, of the freedom and the obligation inherent in the gift, of the generosity and self-interest that are linked in giving… a dominant motif too long forgotten.
M. Mauss, The Gift, 1950

Last year (2008) for the first time more than fifty percent of the world’s population lived in cities. Currently living in Beijing, my work and research has focused on the changes to the massive urban sprawl that is China’s capital.

I am interested in exploring Utopian ideas of developing communities and what the communities have to relinquish in order to move towards what is frequently promised to be an improved future, but often isn’t. For example, a family is relocated to a modern apartment from an old house that has been used by the family for generations. How is this transition made in terms of the promise held in a new dwelling and what value judgements are made to ease this transition. I am interested in land and cityscape’s where the view is fast changing and in exploring the reasons for, and immediate outcome of, such dramatic changes.

My principal aim is to show how communities decide upon what is to be kept and what is to be discarded in the fabric of their existence. To discover what is kept and what is disregarded in terms of land use and city planning, nostalgia and memory, restoration practice and fantasy landscapes both past and future. In addition I want to provide a theoretical reflection upon the role of the artist in recording and giving an artistic expression to these developments.





Wang Zijun, Bai Xiaoning and Wang Huimin. Portraits from WORKERS 工人,  published 2008