Jamie Shovlin: Widows and Orphans

Jamie Shovlin: Widows and Orphans

In 2016 artist Jamie Shovlin spent time with the University of Lincoln’s School of Film and Media, Photography department and School of Social & Political Sciences as part of a residency run by Lincoln Voices. The result of this residency is a work called Widows and Orphans that retells history through fragmented chapters. From multiple versions and … Continue reading Jamie Shovlin: Widows and Orphans

24 October 2017  // 


In 2016 artist Jamie Shovlin spent time with the University of Lincoln’s School of Film and Media, Photography department and School of Social & Political Sciences as part of a residency run by Lincoln Voices. The result of this residency is a work called Widows and Orphans that retells history through fragmented chapters.

From multiple versions and revisions of the school textbook A History of the Modern World, Jamie took the underlinings and highlightings from generations of readers as the basis for the chapter scripts. He worked with a group of young people in Lincoln to record the narration. Months were spent editing the visual material of the films to create a multi-layered experience. 

The title Widows and Orphans refers to design and typesetting. Widows and orphans are lines at the beginning or end of a paragraph, which are left dangling at the top or bottom of a column, separated from the rest of the paragraph. 

Jamie has chosen chapters selectively, and has made 11 chapters so far. Between 21 – 31 October 2017 a new chapter will be uploaded everyday.

  • Jamie Shovlin: Widows and Orphans (Chapter 1)
    21 October 2017
    21 October 2017
  • Jamie Shovlin: Widows and Orphans (Chapter 5)
    22 October 2017
    22 October 2017
  • Widows and Orphans: Chapter 11
    Jamie Shovlin: Widows and Orphans (Chapter 11)
    23 October 2017
    23 October 2017
  • Widows and Orphans: Chapter 15
    Jamie Shovlin: Widows and Orphans (Chapter 15)
    24 October 2017
    24 October 2017
  • Widows and Orphans: Chapter 21
    Jamie Shovlin: Widows and Orphans (Chapter 21)
    25 October 2017
    25 October 2017
  • Widows and Orphans: Chapter 25
    Jamie Shovlin: Widows and Orphans (Chapter 25)
    26 October 2017
    26 October 2017
  • Widows and Orphans: Chapter 30
    Jamie Shovlin: Widows and Orphans (Chapter 30)
    27 October 2017
    27 October 2017
  • Widows and Orphans: Chapter 36
    Jamie Shovlin: Widows and Orphans (Chapter 36)
    28 October 2017
    28 October 2017
  • Widows and Orphans: Chapter 40
    Jamie Shovlin: Widows and Orphans (Chapter 40)
    28 October 2017
    28 October 2017
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