Atlantic Dialogues: Low Profile 30.10.17
Low profile is the result of a 15 year collaboration between Hannah Jones and Rachel Dobbs.
“LOW PROFILE’s practice spans a variety of performative interfaces with different audiences including small-scale live moments, gallery exhibitions, books, videos, durational task-led performances, sculpture, text works, sound works and large-scale participatory projects. Our work is informed by (and often make in response to) specific contexts and situations.” (website https://we-are-low-profile.com/~wearelow/about-2/)
Their work explores the themes of everyday survival and is often made with objects, text and media that is considered outmoded and/or everyday.
2011 Come to Ours project in plymouth celebrating and interrogating their relationship to plymouth used badges and small posters and flyers which were left and sold around plymouth.
In 2013 they had a pan exhibition at the Exeter Phoenix in which the focus of their work shifted from themselves to others.
2014 “picture in the paper” at the ICA. This involved noticing group photographs, teams and the like, that were in the paper. These images were very separated from the local community where people might be making strong sometimes life long friendships and connections. low Profile set up opportunities for stage photographs of group in Bath. Some of the groups were set up as new groups and others were from groups with continuing interests and even failures.
The project Loyal was run out of a pop up cafe (it was only open for 4 weeks) in which the customers were encouraged to come back to buy more so they were then able to make certain purchases of badges and prints
During this years Plymouth Art weekender they ran Local a project encouraging loyalty to plymouth and a pride in being local. Again people were able to buy badges to show their connection and support of the project and its ideals.
Their practice involves the selling of work as rewards either for loyalty or as was happening as the time of the Atlantic Dialogue talk, given for crowd funding support towards a current project.
Looking on Rachel and Hanna’s website it is obvious that their practice is prolific as well as inclusive. They launched Jamboree in 2017and will be running a similar but bigger event in 2018. This is an artist led weekend residential to encourage networking between artists and curators. There is a infectious, playful and joyful nature to their practice that encourages a desire to be part of it. They describe themselves on the website as quietly political. I couldn’t resist the crowd funding reward of a print from the Phoenix exhibition Never never never Give Up. Around the Uni you see their badges worn proudly... it is an exciting and engaging model of art practice.