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The Conch: April 2024
WED 10 APR 2024
Past event

A black and white photo of a person wearing a dramatic long black dress and lifting their hands above their heads.

Lina Geoushy, Self portrait as an Egyptian Dancer,2022

The Conch is a forum for artists to present work in progress and receive feedback from the audience.

This edition of The Conch is curated by curator, writer, researcher Hannah Geddes and brings together presentations by artists Lina Geoushy, Becky Warnock and Joshua Woolford.

This session will look at how artists are exploring resistance away from the protest space through methods including performance, sound and portraiture.



Lina Geoushy is a visual artist, activist, photographer, working across the spectrum of social documentary and portrait photography. She aims to tell stories that deconstruct and question the public’s perception of the prevailing power of patriarchy. Her practice is research-led and her projects are both self-initiated and commissioned. Her work largely explores social justice by focusing on gender socio-politics and women empowerment issues.

Lina completed her MA in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication and graduated with distinction. She has been a recipient of numerous awards including the BJP Female In Focus 2022. Lina was selected as one of the Foam Talents 2022, and she was awarded the Documentary Photographer of The Year 2019 by The Royal Photographic Society. Her work has been exhibited internationally.


Becky Warnock is an artist and educator based in London. Her work is collaborative and research-based, often including participatory workshops that use photography and other mediums to initiate dialogue. Working across photography, film and performance, her practice is developed through relationship-building and meaningful engagement. This building of relationships informs both the process and the form the work takes.

With a background in community engagement and support work, Becky’s practice is engaged with the ethics and structures of care and collective experience. Her work is often situated within mental health and trauma discourse, moving outwards from active grief using creative processes as tools to articulate complex and layered conversations. She is particularly interested in connection and inter-dependency, and the somatic processing that occurs when bodies come together in moments of reciprocity. Becky currently lectures in Collaboration and Contemporary Visual Practices at London College of Communication.


Joshua Woolford is a transdisciplinary artist working between performance, painting, sculpture, sound, video, and installation. Woolford’s work is rooted in extensive cultural research, drawing from literature, music, and art, as well as personal experiences of being a member of the queer Black Afro-Caribbean diaspora living in London. Alongside their artistic practice Woolford also takes on design commissions, lectures at London College of Communication (UAL) and is a mentor at the Royal College of Art through RCA BLK.

Through their practice, Woolford acknowledges and confronts experiences of violence, aggression, and misalignment through abstract forms and sounds, verbal language and the body. They embrace reflection, transition and movement as powerful and disruptive states that actively challenge prevailing narratives.


Hannah Geddes is a curator, writer and researcher working in contemporary art with a focus on photography, sound and social justice practice. She is carrying out PhD at the University of the Arts London titled ‘Documenting the self: slippage, performance and resistance in contemporary photography’. Her research explores artists who use the self, performance and memory as methods of resistance in social justice practice.

She is currently curator at Splash and Grab photography magazine and curator (research and interpretation) at Tate. She has written for a number of publications including British Journal of Photography, JAWS, Splash and Grab and Anticamera. Alongside her work, she gives talks and lectures at universities including Kings, LCC, University of Cambridge, Bath Spa, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague and Sotheby’s Institute.



  • Event is seated.
  • There is no break out space but participants are welcome to take breaks before and after presentations
  • Room may be dark at times to show presentations.
  • Wheelchair access and disabled toilets are available at this site.
  • Please contact with access requirements.