KWM artcenter x Whitechapel Gallery
Artists’ Film International Screening 3
Artist: Phoebe Boswell,Atefa Hesari
2019.06.25 – 2019.08.27
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KWM artcenter is pleased to present its third collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery, London from 25th June to 27th August 2019. Throughout 2019, KWM artcenter will be screening a series of moving image works as part of the Artists’ Film International (AFI) project based on the theme of gender. AFl celebrates moving image work and is selected by a global partnership of arts organisations including KWM artcenter. Each nominates an outstanding work from their region which is screened across each venue during the year.
The third 2 selected films are Kenyan Artist Phoebe Boswell ’s The words I do not have yet (2018) selected by the Whitechapel Gallery, UK; and Afghan artist Atefa Hesari’s Safed Sar (2019) selected by the Center for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan. Phoebe Boswell (b. 1982, Kenya) combines traditional draftswomanship and digital technology in The words I do not have yet (2018). The words of poet Audre Lorde and Kenyan activist Wambui Mwangi with other female voices are overlaid on drawings of women’s contested bodies.
Atefa Hesari’s film ‘Safed Sar’ (2019) weaves the psycho-geography of a child’s world and observes its transposition on everyday life. Eruptions lurk around the corner, the rhythm of life can be interrupted to make way for new time. Woman and their world, their situations and reactions toward the apprehensions of society are the sources of her inspiration. All performers in the film are the locals girls of her hometown Chehel Dukhtaran in Afghanistan.
Special Thanks: Exclusive audio equipment sponsor KEF
About the Artist
Phoebe Boswell (b. 1982, Kenya), born in Nairobi to a Kikuyu mother and British Kenyan father, brought up in the Arabian Gulf, and now living and working in London, makes work anchored to a restless state of diasporic consciousness. Boswell studied at the Slade School of Art and Central St Martins. She is currently the Bridget Riley Drawing Fellow at the British School at Rome, a Ford Foundation Fellow, and is represented in the United States by Sapar Contemporary, New York. Her work has been widely exhibited: with galleries including Kristin Hjellegjerde, Carroll / Fletcher, and Tiwani Contemporary; art fairs Art15, 1:54, and Expo Chicago; and has screened at Sundance, the London Film Festival, LA Film Festival, Blackstar, Underwire, British Animation Awards, and CinemAfrica amongst others. She participated in the Gothenburg International Biennial of Contemporary Art 2015, the Biennial of Moving Images 2016 at the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva, and received the Future Generation Art Prize’s Special Prize in 2017, consequently exhibiting as part of the Collateral Events programme at the 57th Venice Biennale.
Atefa Hesari was born at Tehran, Iran in 14th January of 1995. In 2006 she return to her home land Afghanistan and finished high school. In her childhoods she was impulsively involved in arts. For instance, she used to give character to her toys and herself and play with them. After a while she found out that she can express herself with arts. Finally, in 2018 she took Kankore examination and chose arts as her professional career and started studying it in academic manner. She started her artistic activities in 2018 by playing role in theater such as The “Scheems of Qaseem” based on Scoundrel Scapin by Moliere and “Where is My Favorite Planet” based on The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exuprey. She started working in Studio of Contemporary Arts in 2019 and learned a thing or two about modern arts. She has started her firs art collection “Safed Sar” a part of which is exhibited in the 2019 modern Arts collections.
The KWM artcenter opened on 20th October 2016. It is located on the second floor of the WFC centre CBD in Beijing. The Art center is supported by the law firm King & Wood Mallesons. The KWM artcenter presents and promotes artists both domestically and overseas as well as building up its own collection. In particular, it acts as a rare art institution at the heart of the economic central area in Beijing. It provides high-quality art educational activities and courses aimed to cultivate art lovers and collectors. It serves to improve the international influence of Chinese Art and become a powerful communicator of Chinese Contemporary Art.