The Department of Art Public Talks Programme Spring 2020 welcomes artist Marianna Simnett.
Marianna Simnett makes makes films, installations, drawings and sculptures about bodies and their potential for transformation. Simnett’s bodies are mutants and hybrids, playing dangerous games to deadly limits. They faint, they undergo medical procedures, they die and they come back to life. Unflinching and raw, Simnett uncovers the parts of ourselves that usually remain concealed.
Simnett disregards the oppositions that have been inscribed onto our perception of bodies: male versus female, sick versus healthy, animal versus human. Drawing on fairy tales, myths and through her own idiosyncratic storytelling, Simnett approaches conventions of gender, species, and our relationship to others, as not something given, but something to be found.
Marianna Simnett (b. 1986) completed her MA at the Slade School of Art in 2013. She won the Jerwood / FVU Award in 2014 and was shortlisted for the Jarman Award in 2017. Her work has shown in many museums and galleries internationally, solo exhibitions include Kunsthalle Zürich, 2019, Copenhagen Contemporary, 2019, FACT Liverpool, 2019, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, 2019, New Museum, New York, 2018, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, 2018, Zabludowicz Collection, London, 2018 and Matt's Gallery, London, 2017, Seventeen Gallery, London, 2017.
Image: Marianna Simnett, The Bird Game (film still), 2019. Courtesy the artist, FVU, the Rothschild Foundation and the Frans Hals Museum.
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