How many Squirrels Has Iran Arrested on Suspicion of Spying? It’s a difficult one, but its a question I often ask (in my pub quizzes). At the heart of my practice is the question ‘How can I open up who and how people engage with varied explores varied global, social and political issues, in accessible ways?’ My answer is through play, humour and participation, making works which become entry points for dialogues. I use recognisable playful formats within contemporary popular culture, from quizzes, to mini golf, board games to auctions, so people can have fun experiences. Site, context and audience are integral to my work. A recent work, Putting A Hole In the Wall , epitomises my approach: it is a fully playable mini golf hole, originally commissioned for the 56th Venice Biennale as part of Doug Fishbones Leisure Land Golf in 2015. It is fun, participatory and political.
You can see a video of artist Naeem Mohaiemen speed about my current work at Manchester Art Gallery here, as part of the group exhibition Speech Acts, on unit April 2019.
In 2019 and 2020 I’m working with my collaborator Davina Drummond on our two most ambitious large scale public art works; Arrivals & Departures and Kick Off. We are also currently working on a permanent installation for Battersea Arts Centre, London.
Between 2014-2016 my first major solo show ‘The Current Situation’, commissioned by the New Art Exchange toured to Gallery Oldham and Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Nat Muller wrote an essay for my catalogue, which is available to read here: currentsitu
I am a British Council Artist Fellow
I’m represented by the gallery La Caja Blanca, Spain. I was an associate artist with Artsadmin between 2013-2016.
Here are two articles about my practise:
Harpers Bazaar Art Arabia.
Contemporary Practice Magazine
And you can hear my talk at Tate, as part of ‘Altermodern Manifesto: The Great Exhibition with Yara El Sherbini’.
I received her MA from the Slade, UCL. Recent commissions include Roadmap For Peace, and Operation Brexit, both for Now Play This, Somerset House, and Dear Deidre for Venice Agendas. Artist in Residences include Hayward Gallery, (London) and ZKM, Germany. Group shows include Modern Art Oxford, The David Roberts Art Foundation (London), The RCA (London) Lombard-Fried Projects (New York), Arnolfini (Bristol), National Portrait Gallery (London), Tate Britain (London), IKON gallery (Birmingham), CCCB Museum (Barcelona), South London Gallery, BALTIC (Gateshead), LWL-Industrial museum, (Germany), Mostyn Gallery (Wales), and Palazzo Papesse (Siena), National Maritime Museum, (London), Art Dubai (Dubai), Centre d’Art Contemporain (Geneva) and Palazzo Papesse (Siena) amongst many other international, national venues and festivals.