Inga Burrows utilises the filmmaker's tools to firstly document then to interpret narratives of everyday existence. Interested in how place, memory and community can shape a nuanced sense of self, her practice involves the imagination of others. She has undertaken a number of participatory productions, including collaborations with individuals attached to educational and care institutions in inner city Manchester, a theatre company and reading group in Pontypridd, and more recently a community of market stallholders in Cardiff.
Characteristic of this body of work is an aesthetic concern for how the conventions of documentary and drama production can be appropriated effectively within a gallery context. For example, for Times of our lives Inga populated a lecture theatre with TV monitors displaying talking heads, reversing the performance dynamics that operate in such a formal setting. More recently video works produced as the result of a residency in Cardiff's historic Market Hall were presented in an exhibition space close to the residency site. This created a dialogue between the actual location and the moving image artefacts produced in the Market Hall, and a playful interaction with the collaborating stall holders who were otherwise preoccupied with running their stalls.
Most recently, during her residency at the production studios of Pobol y Cwm Inga has been able to further develop methodologies for participatory practice, working with fictional characters, who are not afraid to react. The artist's intertwined thematic and aesthetic investigations are underpinned by a conscious commitment to eradicating the term 'ordinary people' from the English language.
Inga Burrows studied at the Royal College of Art (MA Printmaking) and the National Film and Television School (specialism: Directing). She has received several grants and awards for her practice and has been commissioned by The National Dance Company Wales, Cardiff Council, Whitworth Art Gallery and Amnesty International. Her writings on documentary filmmaking and artists’ films have been published widely and she has delivered several conference papers on topics ranging from memory to the Everyday. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Arts and Media, University of South Wales.