Regularly evoking rural and agricultural settings, Sean Kemp’s practice aims to give insights into events, otherwise self-contained or unseen, by delivering objects which describe the indices of human activity.

In this presentation for RSA New Contemporaries, Kemp has produced a series of new works in sculpture and printmaking which find their starting point in the story of the 1951 Dyatlov expedition: an expedition undertaken by 9 university students through Russia’s Ural Mountains - a story which has gained infamy for the mysterious disappearance, and eventual death of its members.

Processes of transformation lead the material development of this work which sees data ‘churned’ and reconstituted, limiting its capacity to articulate meaning. The actors of this narrative are absent throughout the work, substituted by the objects left in their stead which describe a human attempt to overcome the challenges of ones environment.


Born in Angus, Scotland, Sean Kemp graduated in 2020 with a BA (Hons.) in Fine Art Photography from the Glasgow School of Art and is currently based in Paris, France. Kemp has previously exhibited works at The Garment Factory (Hopelessly Devoted, 2019) and Studio Pavilion (Motherlode, 2019). Pieces on show were developed, in part, during Hospitalfield’s Graduate Residency 2021.