Enclosures - Camden Art Centre

Jesse Darling works across installation, film, text, sound and performance, and is the fourth recipient of the Camden Art Centre Freelands Lomax Fellowship.

This major new commission is a culmination of research developed over the past two years through their residency, and coincides with a solo exhibition of their work over the last ten years at Modern Art Oxford (5 March-1 May 2022). Darling’s work addresses the fallibility, adaptability and vulnerability of living beings, society and technologies. They have used their fellowship to explore the histories of extraction and exhumation, and to consider clay as a material formed from the architectural, ancestral, cultural, and corporeal bodies of our material world. This entanglement and the possibilities it offers for radically re-thinking our binaries of body and methodologies of living has enabled Darling to reflect on the condition of being human. It is an idea they continue to return to in their work as they consider our failures and inevitable decay and ask: what is allowed to live, what is allowed to die and what outlives us.

The Freelands Lomax Ceramics Fellowship supports emerging artists working with clay. Between 2017-22, the Fellowship offers artists part-time six-month residencies at Camden Art Centre with an exhibition in the following year.

Images Artist Film Virtual Tour The Artist Supporters

This film was produced by Jared Schiller for Camden Art Centre on the occasion of Jesse Darling's exhibition 'Enclosures', 13 May - 26 June 2022.

The Artist

Jesse Darling lives and works in Berlin. Recent solo shows include: Gravity Road, Kunsteverein Freiburg, Freiburg (2020); Selva Oscura, Galerie Sultana, Paris (2019); Cervé, La Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille (2019), The Ballad of Saint Jerome, ART NOW, Tate Britain, London (2018); Support Level, Chapter Gallery, New York (2018) and Armes Blanches, Galerie Sultana, Paris (2017). Recent group shows include: Crip Time, Museum MMK für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2021); Three, Four Trees, E.A. Shared Space, Tbilisi, (2020); A Fine Line, Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen (2020); Transcorporealities, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2019); May You Live in Interesting Times, 58th Venice Biennale, Venice (2019); POSTCENTRAL, Nome Gallery, Berlin (2019); Body Splits, SALTS, Basel (2019); more of an avalanche, Wysing Art Centre (2018) and An unpredictable expression of human potential, Beirut Art Centre for Sharjah Biennale, Beirut (2017).

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