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Uncertain States at Peckham 24


Peckham 24 Gallery

Peckham 24 Facebook Page

Exhibition title: Elsewhere

Artists: Mark Aitken, David George, Jonty Sale and Fiona Yaron-Field
Venue: Safehouse 1, 139 Copeland Rd, London SE15 3SN

‘Elsewhere’ has been especially curated for Peckham 24 by four artist from the Uncertain States project. Drawing on landscape, portraiture and still life,the work looks awry at the theme of refuge. The venue is called ‘safe house’. A term used to describe a refuge from danger, a secret sanctuary, somewhere transient that can offer protection. It implies that home is elsewhere. We didn’t imagine the past lives who had called it home, we marveled with delight at this inhospitable and beautiful space, with its coloured surfaces and remnants of paint and tiles. Home is elsewhere not in the bricks and mortar, for the artists in UCS home is imbued into nature, objects and ideas. Their work mirrors the inhospitable beauty of the space they inhabit.

Private View: Friday 19th May 2017 – 6pm-Midnight
Opening Times: Saturday 20th May 10am-9pm, Sunday 12am-6pm

Artist Talks: Saturday 20th May
12pm Jonty Sale and Mark Aitken
2pm- David George and Fiona  Yaron-Field

Entry to the exhibition is free.

About Artists

Mark Aitken

Mark’s practice includes film, photography and writing. He has hosted and programmed film festivals, sat on international juries in Berlin, Poland and the UK. Mark has published fiction, edited and hosts a radio show on photography.

Sanctum Ephemeral

Mark will be showing a new series of photographs called Sanctum Ephemeral about the lives of Londoners before being displaced by property development.

David George is a London based artist working in photography and one of the founding members of the Uncertain States collective. His work mainly concerns man altered landscape and its socio/ geopolitical impacts and meanings.

Nine square kilometers

David has made a new series for Peckham 24 2017. Working at night he has re-represented key geographical and historical area of Peckham to create a personal view of this vibrant south London Borough.

Jonty Sale

Jonty Sale treats landscape as the starting point rather than the destination.

Elsewhere is everywhere. It’s not where we’re at, it’s not even where we are headed – it’s the ‘other’ place that persists beyond our knowledge and experience. 

Fiona Yaron-Field is an artist and psychotherapist. She is one of the founders and co-editors of ‘Uncertain States’. She has participated in symposiums, publications and international exhibitions.


‘Belongings’ refers to the surviving mementos from women who have been trafficked to the U.K. These are the objects that have made the journey with them, something they have held onto that has offered them sanctuary.

David George

Jonty Sale

Fiona Yaron-Field

Mark Aitken

Keepers of Culture – Considering Photographic Collections

format-festivalUncertain States bring together artists, collectors, curators and archivists in a day of discussion around the role and artistic importance of the collector and collections within the context of fine art photography. Collections – in any form, private or public play a unique and crucial part in the documentation of contemporary visual culture. In open discussion, speakers and audience will consider the artistic influence of these collections. Who is collecting, where are the collections being held and what and why work is preserved.

The day aims to encourage the audience that collecting can be a creative experience open to all and a superb entry level for anyone with the aspiration to start their own art collection.

‘Keepers of Culture – Considering Photographic Collections  is  part of the FORMAT International Photography Festival  off year programme, for full listings of events  including portfolio reviews, symposiums, talks and more  visit: ‘

Buy tickets here

Speakers include: 

  • Zelda Cheatle: Curator,Editor, Lecturer, Consultant
  • Simon Tyszko: A Fine Art Practice, Stefan Tyszko Collection
  • Pete James: Curator, Archivist
  • Camilla Brown:  Art historian, Curator,  Writer and Lecturer
  • Richard Sawdon Smith: Artist and Collector

Date: Friday 10th June 2016
Time: 10-4pm
Venue: QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby. DE1 3AS.

Ticket price:

  • Early Bird Concession: £8
  • Early Bird Standard: £15
  • Concession: £10
  • Standard: £22

*Please note prices include tea/coffee in breaks but do not include lunch

Traveling from London? Why not make a day of it?!

Coach trip – guest lectures TBC!
£39.50 / £29.50 (Standard/Concession)
Early bird price £30.50 / £25.50
Price includes transport to and from venue, entry charge and light refreshments. Also en-route talk
from artist TBC and free copy of our Ucs. Special edition. Tickets are limited

Uncertain States are on a bus trip with Tom Hunter

Life on the Road was Tom Hunter’s famous photographic document of life on a double-decker bus, ‘Le Crowbar’ as it travelled across Europe in the ’90s.

Well, he’s back on a bus!

Tom Hunter is on the road again…. Friday 10th June – this time as Uncertain States travelling companion on our trip to The Format Derby. We are thrilled and eternally grateful that Tom has agreed to talk to us on our journey.

So why don’t you join Tom and Ucs. on a jaunt to cosmopolitan Derby on June 10th for a day of talks about collecting photography entitled, Keepers of Culture.


Uncertain States has got a bus trip

Come and join us on a jaunt to cosmopolitan Derby on June 10th for a day of talks about collecting photography

Everything you ever wanted to know about collecting photographs but were afraid to ask. Free squash and wagon wheel book here

Earlybird Coach Ticket and Entry
Earlybird Coach Ticket and Entry
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Coach Ticket and Entry (Concession)
Coach Ticket and Entry (Concession)
Earlybird Concession Coach Ticket and Entry

Earlybird tickets available until the 30th May

Film Night – Friday 13th November

Uncertain States and Roast Beef Productions brings award winning film  ‘The Russian  Woodpecker film by Chad Garcia and  ‘L’assenza‘ a short film starring Stephen Mangan

The Arts Pavilion Mile End
Clinton Road (off Grove Road) E3 4QY
Free Admission


A man becomes obsessed by the sight of his own double in an Italian film from the early 1960s.
L’Assenza, a short film backed by the BFI, written/directed by Jonathan Romney, produced by Carey Born of First Born Films in association with Lighthouse.

‘The Russian  Woodpecker’

Winner of the world cinema grand jury award Sundance 2015, offfical selection at Sheffield Doc/Fest.  While researching a secret Soviet antenna at Chernobyl, which interrupted global radio communications from 1976 – 1989, Fedor Alexandrovich uncovers a dark conspiracy. The scientists and military men dismiss his warnings that Russia is behind a massive cover-up and he descends into a nightmare where he battles the antenna on his own terms. When he is invited to address the crowds in Kiev’s Revolution Square during height of the protests, he fears that powerful men may kill him if he speaks out.


November 2013

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EVENING EVENT: Sue Steward, writer, broadcaster and the photography critic of the Evening Standard chairs an evening with Uncertain States, Kennard Phillips, Ania Dabrowski and the Lebanese Archive of Diab Alkarssifi.

They will be discussing the nature of collaboration within the context of photography.

Presented by Uncertain States

Fri 1 November 2013 18:30-21.00
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Seminar Room One, Sackler Centre