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Artist Reflections: leading British artists collaborate at RAMM

29 May 2015

As part of RAMM’s contemporary arts and creative programme, the museum has invited several artists to create their own responses to the collections. The latest Artist Reflection brings together two of the UK’s leading figures in contemporary art – Sonia Boyce and Serena Korda – who are collaborating on a sculptural piece to be installed inside the permanent displays later this summer. More information about the final artwork will be available as we near its arrival date in July.

Recently, Serena and Sonia visited RAMM to prepare their Artist Reflection.

Artist biographies

Sonia Boyce has exhibited extensively including Berlin, Moscow and Guangzhou. She is currently exhibiting in the Venice Art Biennale 2015 and other recent exhibitions include Rivington Place and Tate Britain. A former director of the African & Asian Visual Artists Archive, Sonia was awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for Science, Technology & the Arts (NESTA) and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC); and is a professor at both Middlesex University and the University of the Arts in London. In 2007 the Queen awarded Sonia an MBE for services to art. Collections holding her work include Tate, British Council and the Arts Council Collection on the Southbank. Donald MacLellan’s portrait of Sonia is in the National Portrait Gallery.

Serena Korda: Through large-scale ensemble performances, film and sculpture she examines the secret life of objects and our latent desire to find pleasure in fear. Underpinning her practice is a search to find and highlight ritual in the everyday developed through encounters, conversations and the researching of abandoned histories. Serena lives and works in London. She studied at Middlesex University and completed her MA in Printmaking at Royal College of Art in 2009. She is currently exhibiting in Shifting Sands at the Museum of Modern Art Oxford and had a solo exhibition Aping the Beast at Camden Arts Centre, London, and The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool (2013). In 2014 she undertook a residency at The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles and recently completed a commission with the Rhubaba Choir, Edinburgh (2015). www.serenakorda.com

Previous Artist Reflections

Polly Morgan created You Are Here as a reflection on RAMM’s natural history collections. ‘You Are Here’ was displayed August 2014- March 2015; and Polly generously donated the artwork to RAMM’s permanent collection.

Mark Anstee has created Anstee’s RAMMYRIORAMA, a poster painting which is a reflection on RAMM’s ethnography collections. It is currently on display in the World Cultures galleries until 6 September 2015.

Artist Reflections

During 2014-15 RAMM is inviting four different artists to each create a response to the four museum collection areas of antiquities, art, natural history and world cultures. The list of artists was drawn up by RAMM’s Contemporary Arts Panel in consultation with Arts Council England and the Arts Council Collection at Southbank Centre. Artist Reflections is funded by Arts Council England’s Major Partner Museum programme.

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