Uncertain States (Ucs.) is an artists led project that publishes and engages with the public by distributing a free quarterly broadsheet, available at V&A, Baltic, Ikon , Turner Contemporary and other national Galleries. We organise monthly talks and have an annual exhibition that focuses on the concerns of contemporary photographic practices. We work in partnership with other organisations developing an extensive community and opportunities for our contributors.
Founded in 2009, by three practicing artists, Spencer Rowell, Fiona Yaron-Field and David George, it has proved a highly valued and critically acclaimed resource, offering exposure to emerging and established practitioners and writers alike. Ucs. recognises that contemporary British photography is at last a vital art form and have a clear commitment to championing the socially and critically engaged contemporary developments of the medium.
Collective by nature, Ucs. clearly possesses a considerable capital of experience of the photography sector and as a group have successfully set up and steered the Uncertain States platform over the past four years, developing respective areas of technical specialism in the delivery of their shared vision. Our aim is to increase the relevance of this shared vision and engage audiences beyond London. Recent Arts Council England funding has enabled us to distribute our paper more widely and allow us to celebrate the best of lens-based art further afield.
As curators, the work that is of most interest to Ucs. reflects key social and political concerns, challenging how perceptions are formed in a society like ours; issues as diverse as politics, religion, ethnicity, gender and personal identity encouraging debate and critical analysis amongst our peers.