Imogen Stidworthy (United Kingdom, 1963) uses the voice as her main preoccupation. In her work, she approaches the voice as something sculptural, a spatial material which we apply to locate ourselves physically and culturally. With her installations composed of video, audio, print and objects, she raises questions on how we experience and conceive 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.
Recent solo presentations include exhibitions at Imperial War Museum, London, 2015; AKINCI, Amsterdam, and Galerie Raum mit Licht, Vienna, 2013; Matt’s Gallery, London, 2011; Kunstpavillon, Innsbruck, and Arnolfini, Bristol, 2010. Major group exhibitions include, in 2017, ‘Acts of Voicing’ at Powerhouse, Sydney (also at The Wellcome Collection, London, 2016); BAS8 / British Art Show 8, at various UK venues (2016-17), Suzhou Documents Suzhou, China, and ‘States of Mind’ at The Wellcome Collection, both in 2016; 2015: British Art Show 8, Kiev Biennale and ‘Listening’, a Hayward Touring show at various UK venues; 2014: São Paulo Biennial 2014, ‘Itself Not So’, Lisa Cooley, New York, and ‘A Glass Darkly’ at STROOM, The Hague (NL); Bergen Triennale 2013; Busan Biennale 2012; October Salon, Belgrade, 2011; documenta 12, Kassel, 2007.
Curated exhibitions: BLACKOUT!, ERC (Exhibition Research Centre), Liverpool, 2013; ‘In the First Circle’, Fundació Antoni Tapies, Barcelona, 2011–12 (in collaboration with Paul Domela) ; and ‘Lucky Bush’ at M HKA, Antwerp, 2008.