IMPOSTER/HECKLER was a performative intervention which featured in FORMAT International Photography Festival 2019 conference at the University of Derby.

Tasked with presenting a research paper attributed to 'Seed Series', a body of playfully made photographs precariously positioned in-between the fictional and documentary exhibited within the festival, IMPOSTER/HECKLER also transposed other research concerns regarding the presentation of the artists [subversive] voice.

The paper was presented by a carefully rehearsed imposter version of my academic self. I became my own anonymous audience heckler, undermining the validity of the claims in the research, resulting in my/their dramatic removal from the premises.

This work sought to test the expectations of conference conventions, the shutting down of institutional challenge and debate, the imposter sensibilities of academics, and the inversion of authoritative roles.

The work was live-streamed along with other conference proceedings and documented through photographs.



Image credits: Hector Hand, Megan Crossland & Abi Wells