Dave Lewis, Fieldwork, ArtSway, 6 February - 28 March 2010
Dave Lewis is a photographer and film-maker interested in identity and the ways in which people feel they belong to a particular place. Field Work is a new body of work generated through Lewis’ innovative combination of the role of the artist as a 'stranger', and that of the anthropologist as someone concerned with understanding cultural identity. In the process of gathering first-hand evidence in two particular locations, Sway in the New Forest in Hampshire, and Newtown in mid-Wales, Lewis draws productive parallels between these two roles, suggesting the way they pursue similar methods of investigation and share some common aims. Sway and Newtown are linked through this process of interviewing local residents and documenting events such as festivals and carnivals.