After repeated and prolonged periods of closure due to lockdown measures in England, Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix has reopens on 14 April, resuming the first London solo show of Magda Stawarska-Beavan.
‘Spaces and Moments’ takes the gallery visitor through a process of listening to first-hand accounts of Polish Jewish women’s lives and the streets of Lodz, the artist’s native Poland. Exploring street plans, maps and architectural drawings in the archive, Stawarska-Beavan has embarked upon a project which allows us to glimpse the traces of lives obliterated, songs unheard, clothes un-made and fabulous buildings replaced by busy parking lots and scruffy children’s parks.
Stawarska-Beavan is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice is primarily concerned with the evocative and immersive qualities of sound. She is interested in how a soundscape orients us and subconsciously embeds itself in our memories of place, enabling us to construct personal recollections and offering the possibility of conveying narrative to listeners who have never experienced a location. She works predominantly with sound, moving image and print, often connecting traditional printmaking processes with digital audio.
Stawarska-Beavan has taken part in numerous group exhibitions including, ‘INVISIBLE NARRATIVES; New Conversations about Time and Place’, Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance, UK (2019), 4th International Biennale of Casablanca, Morocco (2018), ‘Sounds Like Her’, an exhibition which toured in the UK starting at New Art Exchange, Nottingham, then on to York Art Gallery, York, and finally at Gallery Oldham, Oldham (2017-2020).
Her work is in several public collections including: Arts Council Collection and British Library Sound & Vision collection, London, UK; Printmaking Museum in Shenzhen, China; Association of the Museums of Painting and Sculpture, Istanbul, Turkey; Kraków International Print Triennial Collection, Kraków, Poland; TONSPUR Kunstverein Vienna, Austria.
Magda Stawarska-Beavan: Spaces and Moments is on until 15 May 2021.
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