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Linda Karshan ‘Two feet walking’, Cameraman: Gian Maria Urbinati, Soundman: Nikos Nikolalaios, Photo by Filmaker Ishmael Annobil © Linda Karshan, Ishmael Annobil

BEHIND THE SCENES:
LINDA KARSHAN
Backstage filming ‘Two Feet Walking’
By Ishmael Annobil, Filmmaker
In response to the architecture of Murray Edwards College
Cambridge University
8th April 2022

May 9th 2022

“I couldn’t shake the feeling of the tap shoes in space. It was with me all the time. It created an energetic structure.”


Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts on Karshan’s first walked drawing at Saatchi Gallery for Draw London Art Fair 2019.
Linda KarshanTwo feet walking’, Cameraman: Gian Maria Urbinati, Soundman: Nikos Nikolalaios, Photo by Filmaker Ishmael Annobil © Linda Karshan, Ishmael Annobil

In the early evening of Friday 8th April in the Brutalist building of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, Linda Karshan performed ‘Two Feet Walking’, the latest iteration of her remarkable walked drawings. Here are the backstahe images of her performance.

Linda KarshanTwo feet walking’, with a jacket by designer T-Michael, Courtesy T-Michael, Cameraman: Gian Maria Urbinati, Soundman: Nikos Nikolalaios, Photo by Filmaker Ishmael Annobil © Linda Karshan, Ishmael Annobil
Linda Karshan ‘Two feet walking’, with a jacket by designer T-Michael, Courtesy T-Michael, Cameraman: Gian Maria Urbinati, Soundman: Nikos Nikolalaios, Photo by Filmaker Ishmael Annobil © Linda Karshan, Ishmael Annobil

Extract from Money + Art Press release:

Starting in the Rosemary Murray Library, home to over 60,000 books and the scene of countless hours of reading, thinking and writing, Karshan will produce a different and complementary type of knowledge: one that uses the body and the senses to acquire a better understanding of the world.

Linda Karshan ‘Two feet walking’, with a jacket by designer T-Michael, Courtesy T-Michael, Cameraman: Gian Maria Urbinati, Soundman: Nikos Nikolalaios, Photo by Filmaker Ishmael Annobil © Linda Karshan, Ishmael Annobil

Karshan’s art evolves in a creative zone similar to the ‘transitional space’, described by British psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott as being located between internal and external reality. She accesses it by following an internal rhythm 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 (turn) to draw lines that are either walked in steps or made on paper. Sometimes she stops “to embellish a particular point with a few steps of dancelike footwork.” (Ishmael Annobil, filmmaker and collaborator).

Linda Karshan ‘Two feet walking’, with a jacket by designer T-Michael, Courtesy T-Michael, Cameraman: Gian Maria Urbinati, Soundman: Nikos Nikolalaios, Photo by Filmaker Ishmael Annobil © Linda Karshan, Ishmael Annobil
Linda Karshan ‘Two feet walking’, with a jacket by designer T-Michael, Courtesy T-Michael, Cameraman: Gian Maria Urbinati, Soundman: Nikos Nikolalaios, Photo by Filmaker Ishmael Annobil © Linda Karshan, Ishmael Annobil

Filmmaker and poet, Ishmael Annobil is the collaborator with Linda Karshan on all her walked drawings. Of “Two Feet Walking” he says,

“After reviewing our first recce in October, I realised we were missing a crucial element: Books. Linda’s practice dwells within classical and contemporary bibliography. The obvious solution was to co-opt the Rosemary Edwards Library. It gave me the opportunity to develop a dichotomous scheme for the walk, reflecting the anthropological logic of “pantomime after high formality”. Interestingly, this new scheme also presented two different acoustic environments, one soft and the other hard and resonant, which I decided to link with a poetic gesture: a chair for Linda to sit and change into her waiting tap shoes. Cinematography, too, will reflect the spatial contrast by juxtaposing angular shots with flowing shots – formal and informal. For extra fluidity, I decided to wedge open all doors, as opposed to an original idea of Linda opening doors herself to suggest questing.”

Filmaker Ishmael Annobil © Photo by Gian Maria Urbinati
Bénédicte Delay, Director at JSVCprojects, symposium following the performance © Photo by Ishmael Annobil

Biography:

Linda Karshan, American, b. 1947 was educated at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (1965- 67); the Sorbonne, Paris (1967-68); and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (1969). In 1983, she earned a Masters in Humanistic Psychology from Antioch Centre for British Studies, London. Her MA thesis, entitled Play, Creativity and the Birth of the Self, focused on D.W. Winnicott’s theories of transitional space and creativity, which are central to Karshan’s artistic practice.

Solo museum exhibitions include: Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Germany (2013); Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK (2003); Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, UK (2002); Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain (2002).

Group exhibitions include: The Courtauld, London, UK (2014, 2012), Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK (2013, 2010), Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, Germany (2013), British Museum, London, UK (2010), Graphische Sammlung, Munich, Germany (2009), and Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany (2008).

She regularly exhibits with several galleries in Europe, and with ART 3 in Brooklyn, NY.

Linda Karshan’s drawings, prints and artist’s books are held in public and private collections, including, in the UK: The British Library, The British Museum, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Sir
John Soane’s Museum, Tate Modern, The Arts Council Collection, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), Middlesbrough, England; in the US: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY. A suite of thirteen prints have been recently acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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