David Kendall’s photography and research explore how spatial, economic and design initiatives, as well as participatory practices, combine to encourage social and spatial interconnections or conflict in cities.
He is a graduate of LCC, University of the Arts London and Goldsmiths, University of London where he studied photography, urban studies, design and sociology. His photographs, spatial research and collaborative projects have featured in exhibitions, festivals, conferences and symposia at museums and academic institutions including Københavns Universitet, Denmark, Queens University Belfast, UK, Centro Cultural Manuel Gómez Morín, Santiago de Querétaro, Mexicó, Tate Britain, UK, the South Bank Centre London, UK, UCLA, USA, Queen Mary, University of London, UK, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK, Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Germany, 4th International Architecture Biennale, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, the Open University, UK, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, Museo De Arte Del Banco De La Republica, Bogotá, Colombia, the British Library, London, UK, University of Cambridge, UK and University of Oxford, UK.
Kendall has chaired panel discussions, co-curated exhibitions and symposia, including Photography and the Practice of Walking (with Lanis Levy, 2010) Urban Encounters/Goldsmiths, University of London, City to Sea(with Rebecca Locke, 2011) Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, Photography, Memory and Power (Chair, 2011) Visual Methods, the Open University, UK and Participation in Photography: Memory, Archives and Authorship (with Ingrid Guyon and Valentina Schivardi, 2012) Urban Photo Fest London, UK.
His photographic essays, spatial research, reviews and interviews are found in books, periodicals, catalogues, journals and on websites including ICON - 076 (2009), Street Signs (CUCR, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2007, 2009, 2012), Critical Cities Vol.1 (Myrdle Ct Press, 2009), Open City: Designing Coexistence(SUN Architecture, 2009), www.openvizor.com (2009, 2011, 2012), Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture 2 (1) (2011), Signs of the times – Monocle 24: The Urbanist (2012) and South Asian Diaspora 4 (1) (2012).
Kendall designs advocacy projects, conducts qualitative research, spatial engagement and consultation strategies and implements media campaigns. He facilitates workshops with NGOs, charities, architects, media and educational organisations including Goldsmiths, University of London, University of the Arts London, Age UK, Ojos que Sienten, PhotoVoice, Fotosynthesis, Groundswell, Tower Hamlets Drug Action Team, Lifeline, Thomson Reuters and ARCHIVE (Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments).
These projects consider how visual communication, digital storytelling and self-advocacy could be utilised to discover, create and question spatial and social awareness of homelessness, sensory disability, housing and health in cities. Collaborative projects combine photographic practice with other sensory techniques such as sound, touch and smell to 'map' urban and architectural environments. Since 2009, Kendall has worked with CUCR developing participatory research that considers links between arts practice, visual sociology and citizenship.
He continues to work on projects in Dubai, UAE that discover links between architectural development, migration, social relations and spatial mobility in the Emirate. Kendall is working on further projects with Openvizor exploring how visual and oral histories connect with daily life through acts of cooperation. New work considers how collective memories form and influence contemporary visual and spatial realities, legal procedures and pictorial archives. Urban research and practice utilises audio-visual participatory processes and architectural spaces to trigger collective or public memories, thus activating new discourse about migration, city planning and regeneration processes, social conflict/cohesion, spatial assimilation and integration in world cities.