Liz Orton is a visual artist working with photography, text and film to explore the relationship between images, knowledge and authorship. Her work engages widely with archives, both real and imagined, to explore the tensions between personal and scientific forms of knowledge.
Liz works as an Associate Lecturer on BA Photography at the London College of Communication, and also teaches at Kings College London. She is an Associate Artist with Performing Medicine, teaching a photography course to medical students. She has been the recipient of a number of awards including recently the MEAD Fellowship, a Wellcome Trust Arts grant and a UCL Grand Challenges award. She is editor of Becoming Image: Medicine and the Algorithmic Gaze, and in 2019 self-published Every Body is an Archive, an artist book about the body as a medical image.
Liz has extensive experience as a participatory practitioner, having devised, led and managed projects with a wide range of communities, working with PhotoVoice, the Photographers Gallery and Performing Medicine. From 2003 to 2012 she ran a series of projects with unaccompanied young refugees in East Ham for PhotoVoice including Moving Lives and New Londoners.
Liz exhibits widely and recent shows include Under the Skin at Royal College of Physicians, Strata (Dust, Rocks and Stars) at York Museum, the New Observatory at FACT in Liverpool and a performed lecture at Bloomsbury Theatre in June 2019.
The New Observatory
June 2017 – October 2017 at FACT, Liverpool