Selected work

 

The Other Side of the Hedge (2021)

A printed dummy of an unpublished artist’s book is reappropriated and reinvented as a short film. virtual floating collages meet gritty layered ones, the beauty of nature contrasting with a harsh reality.

www.rbakker.com/hedge

 

Eavesdropping – with Dr Jane Wildgoose (2021)

A video and a series of cyanotype prints comment on the dynamic relationship between muse and photographer, while exploring the potential of the cyanotype process to create unique impressions from the same negative.

www.rbakker.com/eavesdropping

 

What Colour My Lungs? (2021)

A video combining footage of illegal disposal of toxic waste with a selfie video record of an asthma attack set to a coughing soundtrack. A narrator asks, ‘What is it I breathe in everyday?’

www.rbakker.com/lungs

 

Unprocessed (2020) and A Boy’s Own Trauma (2020)

An artist’s book responds visually to research for Bakker’s article ‘A Boy’s Own Trauma: Revisiting a Photograph Recorded in a Nazi Concentration Camp First Encountered as a Child’ (European Journal of Life Writing).

www.rbakker.com/unprocessed

 

These Pleasures A Wayward Distraction (2020)

Monoprints showing abstract shapes and photographic self-portraits accompanied by a single word emphasising an emotional state like Lonely, comment on the mental health impact of the lockdown, while also evoking memories of an adolescence spent in the closet afraid of a blossoming homosexuality.

www.rbakker.com/pleasures



Fragile (2020)

An artist’s book/postcard links the impact of viruses across space and time – the 1980s AIDS crisis with the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, while also exploring ideas around photography, books and marks left by the interaction of others.

www.rbakker.com/fragile

 

The Spots That Never Went
Artist’s book (2018) and exhibition (2020)

An acclaimed artist’s book and subsequent exhibition confront the devastation of AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s and comment on how the AIDS crisis continues to impact on a generation of gay men and their friends and families.

www.rbakker.com/spots

 

After the Fall (2019)

A multi-layered body of work responds to two unconnected accidents both involving head injuries, the Ruskin Gallery exhibition (MA Fine Art 2019, Cambridge School of Art) was awarded the 2019 Cambridge Artworks Residency.

www.rbakker.com/fall

 

Curtains and Windows (2011-2018) — with David Rose and Dr Will Montgomery

A collaboration with author David Rose and sound artist Dr Will Montgomery responds in text and sound to video images recorded at the demolished Heygate Estate in Elephant and Castle, London SE1.

www.rbakker.com/curtains



Strong Room – with Dr Jane Wildgoose (2014)

An artist’s book of photographed traces of past human activity alongside writing about the loss of tangible experiences and the lack of physical presence in the digital world.

www.rbakker.com/strongroom



Wanderlust (London, UK, 2011) – US version by Christine Carr (Roanoke, US, 2013)

In a chronological log of video observations recorded during walks in London, the camera operates like a mobile CCTV, recording fragments of life unfolding. American photographer Christine Carr made a Roanoke-based film using the same approach in 2012.

www.rbakker.com/wanderlust


Still (2010-2012)

A site-specific body of work breathes life into a dormant vacated public building (Hornsey Town Hall, London), combining an artist’s residency, exhibitions, a video film, a collaborative print publication and a short story competition.

www.rbakker.com/still

 

In Silence (2011-2020)

An archive of photographs of Dennis Severs House, Spitalfields, London, where each room is a fiction, a ‘still life drama’, exploring life in Spitalfields from Huguenot to Victorian times.

www.rbakker.com/dennis