Hiding in Plain Sight

Hiding in Plain Sight

Peeking at you through two tiny holes in a hand paper towel, Hiding in Plain Sight is a publication that sensitively yet playfully explores questions of visibility.

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Inspired by the working environment of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College London, artists Becky Shaw, Rose Butler and curator Francis Williams played a game of hide and seek.  

Playing hide and seek Shaw, Butler and Williams investigated how looking, seeing, observing, witnessing and experiencing each affect and inform different fields of research from the visual arts to contemporary medicine. 

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Our design for the publication played with the notion of hiding and seeking out information. A series of folded pages necessitate the reader reveals, finds and unveils the printed text. Using bible paper the delicate and slightly transparent texture adds a suggestion of fragility to the document – something not quite visible.

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A disposable green paper towel acts as a cover for the content. The publication is wrapped in material synonymous with institutions from schools to doctors surgeries and hospitals. Yet the paper towel is also something used by everyone from staff to patients, students and professionals – from those visible within the public workings of a space to those hidden behind the scenes. It is a signifier of the institution and an everyday and intimate engagement with its different departments and services.


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