Stenness beach 2016 (photo: J. Kerr)
Confusing shadow with substance is a collaborative project by artists Jo Millett and Janette Kerr investigating a historic form of fishing in Shetland. Concentrating on a particular fishing station at Stenness in Northmavine, they worked with local residents, archives and museums, investigating the traces of a once thriving industry. Interested in the journey from the fishing station beach to the far haaf, they have used video, film and sound to re-imagine events and activities on shore and sea. The three screen video and sound installation was shown in Shetland Museum and Archives in July and August 2017.
Map of Stenness, Northmavine, Shetland 1878
Stenness beach Shetland Museum and Archives Photo Library
Read a further description of the project: http://www.landscaperesearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Poised-between-land-and-far-haaf_Janette-Kerr.pdf
A longer article: Poised between land and far haaf, can be read in New Shetlander No 281 2017, Voluntary Action, Shetland
The project was supported with a grant from Creative Scotland, by the Shetland Museum and Archives, and in-kind support from Shetland Arts. We are very grateful to all who volunteered to help us and especially to Rob Gawthrop who recorded and edited the audio for us.