Lost in Translation – research and development

In 2013, Cultural Documents commissioned artist Danny Holcroft to make a new series of works which explore stories of migration of the people of central Italy from the 1860s to today. Danny used dialogue, drawings, video, sculptures and performance to develop his series entitled ‘Lost in Translation’.

The works reveal the historical provenance of some of the stories behind society’s cultural symbols, and how these have emerged from the travels and integration of people as they migrate around the world.

As research for the works, Danny undertook a series of residential visits in Cultural Documents’ artists’ house and workshop in the village of Filignano in central Italy where, for over one hundred years, people have traveled to work between rural and metropolitan locations, as far away as St. Petersburg, Philadelphia USA, Scotland and elsewhere in Europe.

Danny’s initial approach was to spend time each day getting to know the place by sitting, making a drawing of the view from each park-bench in the village. In doing so, Danny gradually started to feel the rhythm of everyday life, and to get to know some of the people who passed-by. Day by day, he developed a memory-archive informed by the stories of journey and encounters, and the visual characteristics of the place. He soon recognised the constant shared by both the stories and images: the need to address the legal and physical obstacles which determine the limits of authority, ownership and entitlement in every situation and territory.

From these first drawings, Danny experimented with the idea of the railing as a platform for the objects he would make to represent the stories, and the patterns used in many test-pieces and moquettes later became developed into completed works in the series ‘Lost in Translation’.

During the two-year period that he has so far worked on ‘Lost in Translation’ the stories became tempered by Danny’s limited understanding of the Italian language, and filtered through his memory and imagination. The resulting drawings, paintings, sculptures, performance and film reveal rich histories of translation, transition and change enabled as people integrate and assimilate into new environments, societies and cultures.

For more information, please follow links to…

Danny Holcroft’s bio

Exhibition at the Project Room, Glasgow, June 2016.

Exhibition talk, 14 June 2016

 

Lost in Translation is commissioned by Cultural Documents

and is kindly funded and sponsored by

Cultural Documents

Arts and Business Scotland, New Arts Sponsorship Grants

IFSWW

Scatolificio Stella

Regione Molise

Filignano Metropoli.

Lost in Translation and Cultural Documents were very pleased to be a part of the Refugee Festival Scotland, 14 – 26 June 2016

please find out more about the Exhibition Talk – Tuesday 14 June 2016 at the Project Room, Glasgow.

Connected Images

detail: Danny Holcroft ‘The Girovagho‘  pencil on paper 30 x 42cm 2015 © Cultural Documents

detail: Danny Holcroft ‘The Girovagho‘ pencil on paper 30 x 42cm 2015 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft.  'Filignano 001' pencil on paper 21 x 30cm A research drawing for 'Lost in Translation' 2015 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. 'Filignano 001' pencil on paper 21 x 30cm A research drawing for 'Lost in Translation' 2015 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft.  'Filignano 002' pencil on paper 21 x 30cm A research drawing for 'Lost in Translation' 2015 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. 'Filignano 002' pencil on paper 21 x 30cm A research drawing for 'Lost in Translation' 2015 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft.  'Filignano 003' pencil on paper 30 x 21cm A research drawing for 'Lost in Translation' 2015 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. 'Filignano 003' pencil on paper 30 x 21cm A research drawing for 'Lost in Translation' 2015 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft.  'Filignano 004' pencil on paper 30 x 21cm A research drawing for 'Lost in Translation' 2015 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. 'Filignano 004' pencil on paper 30 x 21cm A research drawing for 'Lost in Translation' 2015 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft.  'Filignano 005' pencil on paper 30 x 21cm A research drawing for 'Lost in Translation' 2015 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. 'Filignano 005' pencil on paper 30 x 21cm A research drawing for 'Lost in Translation' 2015 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft.  'Filignano 006' pencil on paper 21 x 30cm A research drawing for 'Lost in Translation' 2015 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. 'Filignano 006' pencil on paper 21 x 30cm A research drawing for 'Lost in Translation' 2015 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft.  'Filignano 007' pencil on paper 21 x 30cm A research drawing for 'Lost in Translation' 2015 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. 'Filignano 007' pencil on paper 21 x 30cm A research drawing for 'Lost in Translation' 2015 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft.  'Filignano 008' pencil on paper 21 x 30cm A research drawing for 'Lost in Translation' 2015 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. 'Filignano 008' pencil on paper 21 x 30cm A research drawing for 'Lost in Translation' 2015 © Cultural Documents

detail: Danny Holcroft. Work in progress for 'Lost in Translation', a new series of sculptures and drawings for exhibition in 2016  © Cultural Documents

detail: Danny Holcroft. Work in progress for 'Lost in Translation', a new series of sculptures and drawings for exhibition in 2016 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. Research photograph (Railing 002) for 'Lost in Translation', a new series of works for exhibition in 2016  © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. Research photograph (Railing 002) for 'Lost in Translation', a new series of works for exhibition in 2016 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. Research photograph (Railing 001) for 'Lost in Translation', a new series of works for exhibition in 2016  © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. Research photograph (Railing 001) for 'Lost in Translation', a new series of works for exhibition in 2016 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. 'Railing Maquette 001' for 'Lost in Translation', a new series of works for exhibition in 2016   © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. 'Railing Maquette 001' for 'Lost in Translation', a new series of works for exhibition in 2016 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. 'Railing Maquette 002' for 'Lost in Translation', a new series of works for exhibition in 2016   © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. 'Railing Maquette 002' for 'Lost in Translation', a new series of works for exhibition in 2016 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. 'Railing Maquette 003' for 'Lost in Translation', a new series of works for exhibition in 2016   © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. 'Railing Maquette 003' for 'Lost in Translation', a new series of works for exhibition in 2016 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. Maquette drawing for 'Lost in Translation', a new series of sculptures and drawings for exhibition in 2016  © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. Maquette drawing for 'Lost in Translation', a new series of sculptures and drawings for exhibition in 2016 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. Research source photograph (Bear 001) for 'Lost in Translation', a new series of works for exhibition in 2016  © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. Research source photograph (Bear 001) for 'Lost in Translation', a new series of works for exhibition in 2016 © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. Research source photograph (Bear 002) for 'Lost in Translation', a new series of works for exhibition in 2016  © Cultural Documents

Danny Holcroft. Research source photograph (Bear 002) for 'Lost in Translation', a new series of works for exhibition in 2016 © Cultural Documents