Online: ‘Autonomous Zone’ | Jo Dennis

Jo Dennis | ‘Autonomous Zone’, presented by Sid Motion Gallery off-site.

Launching online: 5th – 13th February 2021

Amp Studios
897a Old Kent Road
London SE15 1NL


For the launch of Jo Dennis’ first artist book ‘I touched this with my hand, I touched that with my eye Sid Motion Gallery invites audiences to experience ‘Autonomous Zone’, a site-specific installation in Jo Dennis’ studio on the Old Kent Road in South East London.


‘I touched this with my hand, I touched that with my eye
Artist book, self published by Jo Dennis, with an essay by David Campany.
First edition run of 100.
Numbers 1-30 are special editions which contain a limited edition print and hand made unique inserts.

Book price £30
Special Edition book £90
Pre-order copies here


Dennis’ book brings together images of building sites, derelict spaces, rubbish found on the street and other areas of urban ruin alongside artworks and installations she has made. The book acts as a kind of hand book to her ongoing research into new and urban ruins, looking at the discarded objects left on streets as a way of understanding notions of temporality and nostalgia whilst questioning the role that materiality, surface and paint play throughout these spaces. The book contains an essay written by David Campany in response to Dennis’ work.
Taking her lead from David Campany’s essay, Dennis has created an installation which zigzags across process, materials and finished object. From studio into artwork and personal into public space, an environment where her concerns with time, mortality and residue sit hand in hand with her new book.
“She makes work in different media, and each is itself understood as being thoroughly mixed. It is hard to look at some of the images here without thinking also about painting, or sculpture or performance, and it is hard to imagine the artist not being open to, and fascinated by this hybridity, this specific impurity. And I mention it because I suspect there is some deep connection between photography’s inevitable marginality and uncertainty as a medium, and the attraction that photographers have to marginal and uncertain spaces. The medium not being one thing or another finds itself well suited to spaces that are not one thing or another.”
David Campany

Jo Dennis (b. 1973, UK) is a British multi-disciplinary artist working and living in London. She studied Fine Art and Contemporary Critical Theory at Goldsmiths College London
and is currently at Royal College of Art London MA Painting graduating in 2022. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both in the UK and internationally including at The Royal Academy of Arts and at the ICA London. Recent exhibitions include, Hurry Up Please, It’s Time, at Seen Fifteen Gallery London, A Kind of Solid Liquid, a solo show at Sid Motion Gallery London, a solo presentation in the Discovery section at Photo London and at Sluice Exchange a group exhibition in Berlin. She has been featured in the Financial Times Magazine, British Journal of Photography, The Washington Post, Unseen Platform, The Art Newspaper, Port, Fad Magazine and AnOther.
She is the co-founder of Asylum and Maverick Projects an artist lead organisation running project spaces in London. From 2016 – 18 she founded and curated AMP Gallery a not for pro t exhibition space. She is the co- founder of Peckham 24 Photography Festival and as part of this was the recipient of a Grants for the Arts from Arts Council England.