Imogen Stidworthy is interested in language and the voice, which she works with as physical and spatial material. An ongoing preoccupation in her work is with the borders of language. She asks how we experience and conceive of a space where words are unstable, run out, or fail, and what other forms of understanding might emerge in the face of unreadability—in context, for example, of neurological or emotional conditions, linguistic or cultural differences.
‘Balayer - A Map of Sweeping’ (English subtitles), installation (2014), Imogen Stidworthy
Artist's talk - viewing voices
The work of Imogen Stidworthy (1963, London, United Kingdom) has been exhibited in major exhibitions at a.o. Sozhou Biennale, CN (2016), Imperial War Museum, London, UK (2015), Sao Paulo Bienal (2014), Museum Leeuwarden, NL (2014), Bergen Triennale 2013: Monday Begins on Saturday (2013), Total Museum of Cont. Art, Seoul (2013), Busan Biennial (2012), 52nd October Salon, Belgrade (2011), Documenta 12, Kassel, DE (2007), and solo shows at AKINCI, Amsterdam (2013, 2009, 2005), Matts Gallery London; (2011, 2003), The Arnolfini, Bristol and Kunstpavillon, Innsbruck (2010‐11). She has curated two exhibitions addressing the borders of language through art works by many artists, which were shown alongside her own work and other materials such as musical notation and censored books: In the First Circle, in collaboration with Paul Domela, at Fundació Antoni Tapiès, Barcelona (2011‐12), and ‘Die Lucky Bush’ at MuKHA, Antwerp (2008). She has been shortlisted for several awards including the Jarman Award 2011, Becks Futures 2004 and The Northern Art Prize 2008; in 2008 she won the Liverpool Art Prize and in 1996, the Dutch Prix de Rome for Film and Video. Her work is in public and private collections, among others Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Dommering Collection, Amsterdam, FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, MuKHA, Antwerp and Fries Museum, Leeuwarden. Stidworthy is represented by Matts Gallery, London and AKINCI Amsterdam.
Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht (NL), postgraduate studies in fine art
WSCAD (West Surrey College of Art and Design, UK), BA Hons fine art, first class
Doctorate studies in Visual Arts with main supervisor Sarat Maharaj, Lund University, Sweden
Solo exhibitions and performances (from 2000 onwards)
The Work v5, IWM Contemporary, Imperial War Museum, London
Introduction to Bliss for Two Voices with Chorus part 2, Tate Liverpool Live performance commissioned by Liverpool Biennial for
‘Thinking City’ programme
The Voice and the Lens, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
Introduction to Bliss for Two Voices with Chorus part 1, Loughborough University. Live performance for ‘Talk Action’, RADAR
(Loughorough University Contemporary Arts Programme).
Volumes of Stone, Galerie Raum mit Licht, Vienna
Solo exhibition curated by Nav Haq (MuKHA, Antwerp) in the framework of Curated_by
Sacha, Galerie AKINCI, Amsterdam
(.), Matts Gallery London, UK
The Work, Kunstpavillon, Innsbruck, AT
Imogen Stidworthy, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK.
Barrabackslarrabang, AKINCI, Amsterdam, NL.
The Work, publicly-sited work commissioned by RADAR, Loughborough University, UK
(platform 1, Loughborough railway station)
Get Here Galerie Hohenlohe, Vienna, AT.
Dummy FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, FR.
Audio Cab temporary public art work, Luton, UK.
The Whisper Heard Matt’s Gallery, London, UK.
Netherlands Film Museum, Amsterdam, NL.
Substitutes, Gallery K&S, Berlin, DE.
o.T., Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, DE.
Closing/close by, in collaboration with Michael Curran, Spacex Gallery, Exeter, UK.
Etablissement d’en Face, Brussels, BE.