PHOEBE BOSWELL: HERE
New Art Exchange
19 October - 13 December 2020
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. 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.
Boswell's first public artwork PLATFORM (2020), commissioned and produced by the Fonds cantonal d'art contemporain, Geneva, for the Mire Program, was recently unveiled at Lancy-Bachet Railway Station in Geneva. A Gallery version of this monumental work will be shared at New Art Exchange. The stop-motion portrait project asked the global public to send in self-authored photographs and to complete the sentence "I am...". Boswell then endeavoured, through drawing, to see each person as they are, until they slowly began to come to life.
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.
The dates of this exhibition are subject to change, we will closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and act accordingly.