The Loose Joints and Mahler & LeWitt Studios Publishing Award is a yearly opportunity to develop an artist’s practice through an artist residency and book award, focused on a curated theme. In 2023 we partnered with innovative magazine Atmos for Publishing Ecology: an award inviting artists engaging with the anthropocene, climate change and the environment.
The winner of Publishing Ecology 2023 was Ngadi Smart (SL/UK), for her project Wata Na Life, an expressive series of photo-collages from her native Sierra Leone that takes the context of a water crisis, deepened by corruption and government complacency, and builds a vibrant and lucid foundation for empowerment and change through photo-collage works.
During the residency I experimented with the existing photo series in tactile ways: collaging with paper, creating new shapes and layers. I revisited the project in search of improvement and new creative visual ways to view the project in preparation for its publication as a book. read more