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Contemporary Artists and Schneemann

A panel discussion

An image of Carolee lying on the floor with her arms tied up in some rope

Join us for an evening hosted by art critic Hettie Judah, in conversation with contemporary artists Phoebe Boswell, Celia Hempton and Tai Shani.

Radical artist Carolee Schneemann’s legacy is far-reaching, permeating contemporary performance, painting, filmmaking and more. The concerns she addressed in her work still resonate today – touching upon women’s bodily autonomy, themes of pleasure and desire, and the precarity of both humans and animals.

This evening will shed new light on three contemporary artists’ practices, reflecting on the dialogue between their own work and that of Schneemann.

Please note: this event has now moved from 13 December 22 to 18 January 23.


Tai Shani

Tai Shani's multidisciplinary practice, comprising performance, film, photography and installation, revolves around experimental narrative texts. Shani creates violent, erotic and fantastical images told in a dense, floral language, her practice draws on diverse references ranging from feminist science fiction, queer feminist theory, post-modern architecture, psychoanalysis and popular culture, she reimagines histories and mythologies to reclaim forgotten narratives and explore speculative realities that interrogate white supremacist, capitalist, patriarchal structures, and proposes excess and the affects of the epic as the ground for a post-patriarchal realism. 

Tai Shani is an artist living and working in London. She is the joint 2019 Turner Prize winner. Her work has been shown at British Art Show 09, Touring (2021), CentroCentro, Madrid (2019-20), Turner Contemporary, UK (2019); Grazer Kunstverein, Austria (2019); Nottingham Contemporary, U.K. (2019); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Italy (2019); Tenstakonsthall, Sweden (2017); Serpentine Galleries, London (2016); Tate, London (2016); and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2016).

Phoebe Boswell

Phoebe Boswell's figurative and interdisciplinary practice denotes a commitment of care for how we see ourselves and each other. Her work explores notions of freedom, protest, grief, intimacy, migration, love, the body and its world-making, using auto/biographical stories as interpersonal catalysts to contest histories and imagine futures. Working intuitively across media, she creates immersive installations which affect and are affected by the environments they occupy, by time, the serendipity of loops, and the presence of the audience. Boswell's drawings, installations and film & video works have been exhibited and held in collections widely internationally. She received the Lumière Award from the Royal Photographic Society in 2021, is currently writer-in-residence at Whitechapel Gallery in London and is participating in the Biennale de Lyon.

Hettie Judah

Hettie Judah is chief art critic on the British daily paper The i, a regular contributor to The Guardian, and a columnist for Apollo magazine. She writes for Frieze, Art Quarterly, Art Monthly, ArtReview, and is a contributing editor to The Plant magazine. Recent books include How Not To Exclude Artist Mothers (and other parents) (Lund Humphries, 2022) and Lapidarium: The Secret Lives of Stones (John Murray, 2022). She is currently working on a Hayward Touring exhibition and book on art and motherhood, among other things.

Celia Hempton

Celia Hempton's work explores concepts of voyeurism in the post-digital age. In her paintings, performances and installations, she investigates the blurred lines of comfort and consent; desire and subjugation, visibility and opacity; seeking to deconstruct the ways in which we engage with each other in a rapidly evolving age of hyper-mediation. Formally, Hempton's paintings, which range in scale from intimate to life-size, acknowledge the tropes of history painting and the often subjugated female body. Hempton's richly layered paintings directly play with and confront this historical dynamism, producing tactile celebrations of the body, alongside multiple perspectives on how the bodily gaze is constructed. 

Celia Hempton (born 1981, Stroud, UK) is currently included in British Art Show 9, (touring), and My Life in the Metaverse, curated by Dr. Omar Kholeif, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi.  A monograph has been published this year by Phillida Reid with accompanying text by Amia Srinivasan.  Her work has been included in many institutional shows, including ICA Boston, Whitechapel Gallery and Serpentine London, as well as Performance Space New York, Gwangju Biennale, Art Night with ICA London, amongst others. It is held in the collections of the Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin, Colombia, The British Council and the Government Art Collection, UK.

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