Artist: Moyra Davey
Venue: Camden Arts Centre, London
Exhibition Title: life without sheets of paper to be scribbled on is masterpiece
Date: April 11 – June 29, 2014
Full gallery of video, images, press release and link available after the jump.
Moyra Davey, excerpt from My Saints, 2014. HD video with sound, 30 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Murray Guy, New York.
Video and images courtesy of the artist; Murray Guy, New York; and Camden Arts Centre, London.
Canadian artist Moyra Davey (b.1958) works across photography, film and writing to create intimate visual essays on time and matter in the everyday, and her filtered relationship to literature. Moyra Davey opens at Camden Arts Centre on 11 April and admission is free.
Davey’s camera often turns towards the unseen or the overlooked: dust, books, records and piles of newspapers, empty whiskey bottles and coffee cups – the ephemera and discards of daily life. Intuitive and inquisitive, she narrates stories and anecdotes from the books that she has accumulated, interweaving them with her daily life and reflecting on her relationships with her family, literary influences, psychoanalysis, travels and her environment.
The exhibition presents a major recent work exhibited here for the first time in its entirety: Subway Writers. This series of 75 photographs of commuters writing on the New York subway draws on the history of mail art. The photographs in the piece, described by Davey as ‘mailers’ will be folded and posted directly to Camden Arts Centre; creased, stamped and scuffed, they will retain a physical record of their journey.
Davey’s extensive body of work inspired by her fascination with Mary Wollstonecraft and the Shelleys, is brought together for the first time, and includes seven series of ‘mailers’ and her acclaimed film Les Goddesses. The film follows Davey in her apartment reciting an essay she wrote about the lives of Wollstonecraft and her daughters, entwining episodes from their untamed youth with recollections of her own sisters and a series of photographs she took of them in the early 1980s. Investigation into text is a central theme in the three other influential video works being shown: Fifty Minutes, My Necropolis and My Saints.