Writer in Residence 2019
Rachel Pimm

Over the course of 2019, Rachel Pimm will publish a new series of texts on the Whitechapel Gallery website, alongside a curated series of live events. Always informed by scientific research, driving the new writing will be fieldwork in Ethiopia, specifically visiting the Danakil Depression. Framing their thinking are questions around how language and words define and control the environment, the relationship between neo-colonialism and ecology, and hierarchies of speaking-for and listening-to.

Read more about Rachel Pimm’s ideas and approach to the residency

Rachel Pimm (b. Harare, 1984, lives in London) works in sculpture, video and performance to explore environments and their materialities, histories and politics often from the point of view of non-human agents such as plants, minerals, worms, water, gravity or rubber. They are interested in the potential of surfaces and matter to transform. Their work has been included in recent programmes including Hales Gallery, Jerwood Space, ANDOR, Tenderpixel and Chisenhale Gallery, The Royal Academy and Serpentine Gallery (all London 2014-2019) as well as internationally in Europe and the USA. She has an MFA from Goldsmiths and lectures in Fine Art at Camberwell College.


Q&A with Rachel Pimm

Jane Scarth (Curator: Public Programmes) interviews Pimm to discuss her practice and ambitions for the residency.


pimm - small event image


Thu 7 Mar 2019, 7pm

For the first event as Writer in Residence, Rachel Pimm collaborates with media archaeologist Lori E Allen on a new sound and text based performance.

Rachel Pimm 2019 © Courtesy of the artist

Rachel Pimm: Tesselation

Thu 11 Jul 2019, 7pm

Drawing on research into Morphology, this performance lecture by Rachel Pimm investigates one of the most commonly recurring shapes in the natural world: the Hexagon.

Political Geologies

Political Geologies: Rachel Pimm and Amy Donovan

Thurs 20 Feb, 7pm
£9.50/£7.50 concs

The artist is joined in conversation by Geographer Amy Donovan on the politics embedded in geology and how new readings of the environment are essential to reframing our relationship to the earth.


Rachel Pimm: Aggregation

Thu 26 Mar, 7pm
£5/£3.50 concs

Rachel Pimm is joined by special guest reader Jennifer Boyd for a staged reading of collected texts on landscapes.




The first in a new series of posts as part of Rachel Pimm’s time as Whitechapel Gallery Writer in Residence, which showcases the collaboration with sound artist Lori E Allen of a new sound and text based performance.



As part of a year as Writer in Residence, Rachel Pimm presents this video as part of their ongoing project Morpho Chemical.



The final contribution from Rachel Pimm as part of their time as Whitechapel Gallery Writer in Residence takes the form of a tasting menu.