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Phoebe Boswell Artist Talk and Q&A
1 Jan, 1970 at 12:00 am - 8 Jul, 2021 at 12:00 am
Born in Nairobi but brought up in the Arabian Gulf, Phoebe Boswell reveals that she felt “amputated from Kenya”. The fragility of her Kenyan identity, and the rootless aspect of her being, ignites her work with a delicate search for belonging, her art becomes a vehicle that drives her on her search for ‘home’.
During event, Phoebe Boswell will talk us through how her art enables her to channel this yearning, traversing her practice as an expansive visual essay relating to personal history, language, memory, race, freedom, the body and her artmaking.
After the talk Phoebe Boswell will be in conversation with Cindy Sissokho, NAE’s Curator & Special Projects Producer, and there will also be an opportunity for Phoebe to answer questions from the audience.
Free | Online via Youtube | BSL Interpreted | All are welcome
Watch the event live via the following link,’ https://youtu.be/CtvX-VBBKgc
Phoebe Boswell (b. 1982, Kenya), born in Nairobi to a Kikuyu mother and British Kenyan father, brought up in the Arabian Gulf, and now living and working in London, makes work anchored to a restless state of diasporic consciousness. Combining draftswomanship and digital technology, she creates immersive installations and bodies of work which layer drawing, animation, sound, video, and interactivity in an effort to find new languages robust yet open and multifaceted enough to house, centre, and amplify voices and histories which, like her own, are often systemically marginalised or sidelined as ‘other’.
Boswell studied at the Slade School of Art and Central St Martins. She is currently the Bridget Riley Drawing Fellow at the British School at Rome, a Ford Foundation Fellow, and is represented in the United States by Sapar Contemporary, New York. Her work has been widely exhibited: with galleries including Kristin Hjellegjerde, Carroll / Fletcher, and Tiwani Contemporary; art fairs Art15, 1:54, and Expo Chicago; and has screened at Sundance, the London Film Festival, LA Film Festival, Blackstar, Underwire, British Animation Awards, and CinemAfrica amongst others. She participated in the Gothenburg International Biennial of Contemporary Art 2015, the Biennial of Moving Images 2016 at the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva, and received the Future Generation Art Prize’s Special Prize in 2017, consequently exhibiting as part of the Collateral Events programme at the 57th Venice Biennale.
Image – Emile Holba