New Art Exchange

UPDATE : Due to the ongoing COIVID-19 pandemic this exhibition is postponed until further notice.

Phoebe Boswell's expansive practice merges draftsmanship with digital technology to create layered, open works to house and celebrate stories like her own, stories often marginalised or othered by the (art) world's dominant voice. Born in Kenya to a Kikuyu mother and British Kenyan father, brought up in the Arabian Gulf and now living and working in London, her work is anchored to what she refers to as a "restless state of diasporic consciousness".

Here, curated by NAE in dialogue with Boswell's 2018 solo exhibition at Göteborgs Konsthall in Sweden, brings together new work and pieces never previously exhibited in the UK. Such as her award-winning immersive, interactive moving image and sound installation Mutumia (2016), which salutes women who have used their bodies in protest when not permitted to use their voices. As a new commission for NAE, Boswell will present a special version of her performance The Lighthouse, this time using Mutumia as a site of departure. Here includes Transit Terminal (2014—2020), a sculptural drawing installation addressing global migration and notions of freedom and uprootedness. Amongst other works, we also present I Dream of a Home I Cannot Know (2019), a video installation depicting a stretch of East African coastline — a place of deep emotional connection for Boswell. This mirage-like film creates a sense of place that, while by no means imagined, regardless cannot ever truly be reached.

Through her work, Boswell reminds us that existing truthfully in this world is a struggle, and a constant search for liberating space. She points out something fundamental and often forgotten: that our very existence is a triumph and, despite the structural and systemic injustices that surround us, we are all, nonetheless, still here.

Postponed until further notice

The Lighthouse x Mutumia postponed until further notice

Phoebe Boswell, Artist Talk postponed until further notice


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