Residency: Every Ocean Hughes

Artist and writer Every Ocean Hughes (EOH) was Camden Art Centre’s ‘artist-at-large’ digital residency artist throughout 2018 and 2019.  During this time EOH has been developed a new body of research exploring the idea of ‘queer death’.  Questioning notions of self-determination, mutual aid, the fantasy of continuity, finitude, accountability and end-of-life aesthetics, EOH is using the histories of kinship and care within LGBTQ communities to explore what it means to survive and die on our planet in our current times.D

During the residency, Hughes produced a digital publication of an interview they conducted with filmmaker Barbara Hammer prior to their death in 2019.  This publication was edited by Corrine Fitzpatrick and designed by Bryce Wilner and Matt Wolff.



Every Ocean Hughes (formally known as Emily Roysdon) (b.1977) is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. Her recent projects take the form of performance, photography, installations, printmaking, text, video, and curating. Hughes was editor and co-founder of the queer feminist journal and artist collective, LTTR. Her many collaborations include lyric writing for The Knife, Colin Self, and JD Samson & MEN, and costume design for choreographers Levi Gonzalez, Vanessa Anspaugh, Faye Driscoll and the band Le Tigre. Recent performances and solo exhibitions include: Help the Dead (2019) at KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin and V-o-l-t, Bergen. Scenic, say, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon (2019), If Only a Wave, PARTICIPANT INC, New York (2015). She has been included in group shows at Museo Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2017); 11th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2016), the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014), Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden (2014), Biennale of Sydney (2014), Future Generation Art Prize at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013), and Whitney Biennial 2010, New York. Hughes is a 2019 – 2020 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Barbara Hammer (b. 1939, d. 2019, California) was a pioneering experimental filmmaker.  They had solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally including at Jeu de Paume, Paris, Museum of Modern Art, New York and Tate Modern, London.  In October 2018 they performed the third iteration of their lecture The Art of Dying or (Palliative Art Making in the Age of Anxiety) at the Whitney Museum in New York. Hammer’s work is in international collections including Museum of Modern Art, New York and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.  The Barbara Hammer Papers which span their work from 1920 – 2018 is held by Yale University, Connecticut.