25 May 2020
Featured in Deptford X: 2017
What are you reading at the moment?
A book called Tentacle written by Dominican musician and author Rita Indiana, translated by Achy Obejas, and published by Sheffield based independent publisher And Other Stories. This book is set in a post-apocalyptic future in Dominica and includes time travel, rituals, contemporary art and many more. It’s brilliant and I must recommend it.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I have recently been furloughed so I am still working out what a typical day looks like now. I have found it difficult to adapt to a virtual art-world. In-person collaboration is very important to me and thus, so far I have decided to use this time as a break and not to produce any work. I am reading a lot most days.
Describe your studio/workspace
I have a studio full of wood and fabrics. I move things around depending on what I am about to make. Recently it’s been more of an office space.
Where do your best ideas come from?
Perhaps they are inspirations sifted through the long process of collaborations.
If Tate called you tomorrow and invited you to make work for the Turbine Hall, what would it be?
It would certainly be a collaboration of a sort. I would be intrigued to invite Czech and Slovak female artists who hadn’t yet had a chance to exhibit in a major show in London and develop a project with them to explore the Czech and Slovak art scene. Or I would create a living library that provides alternative ways to experience knowledge from myths and legends. Or a combination of both overlapping each other.
What is helping you the most during this time?/Plug your next show!
Most recently, I have curated an exhibition Working Progress at South London Gallery which will be on display when we reopen after the lockdown. The exhibition is a group show showcasing 26 artists from SLG’s front of house team and was possible to create with help of Adriana Kytkova, Samantha Lippett and Angelica Bollettinari. The postponed programme included performances, a screening at Deptford Cinema and zine-making workshops which I am most looking forward to reorganising when we are back to normal. The next step after the lockdown will be to unpause the year-long residency with the resina collective which I am part of. Resina is a cultural organisation and an artistic collective established in Ferrara, Italy in 2017. The members of the collective are spread across different cities and countries so we have had to postpone our meetings until travel is permitted again! On the other hand, we are using this new normality as an opportunity to find new ways of connecting.