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My practice is conceptual, eclectic and often collaborative. The futility of effort is a key theme of my work, which is mainly digital and low tech. I play the role of the 'female Sisyphus' performing for the camera with an obstinate perseverance which veers into absurdity. I use language as a medium to explore the fallibility of communication and the unintentionally poetic. I lead a virtual residency focused on waiting rather than making.  

I use the body as a form of walking sculpture, responding to spaces and situations with contortions and disruptive actions, carving out a place for myself. The body is the site of struggle, physical failure and power relations.

I am interested in conceptual writing that uses text as a malleable, destabilising medium. Online language, the nonsensical, and any “over our heads” resources provide me with endless material to cut and paste or mix and match in a search for inadvertent meanings and poetry.

I am part of artist duo Berger & Berger, a long standing collaboration with Chinese artist Hanyue Tang. The characters of Jo and Dolly Berger offer a playful and feminine commentary on the business of being an artist, using a mix of performance, intervention and moving image. Tongue in cheek and self-assured, they seek to challenge art that takes itself too seriously, but are never far away from failure and absurdity.

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exhibitions and projects

2021

24h International Internet Live Performance, 9-10 January

Merge Gallery, Busan, South Korea

2020

Late at Tate Britain Online (15 December 2020 - 4 January 2021)

Art & Money: #CultureReset Stroud session 4 (screening and discussion of Potato Money)

 

There and Back Again III  Symposium, Centre for Circular Design, UAL (screening and discussion of Potato Money)

Founded The Waiting Residency

LiveLick (live Instagram performance)

Un-Comfort Zone (online group show)

 

How to isolate a water supply (online group show)

We need to talk about it - group exhibition Hanover Space Project, Peckham, London

2019

UN1T   (group exhibitionChelsea College of Art)

Language-Art Project  (language group show, CSM)

Simultensive (group show, Cookhouse Gallery)

The Berger & Berger Show (commissioned performance, Cookhouse Gallery

Culture Shock (group show, Cookhouse Gallery)

Bureau de Change (group show, Chelsea College of Art)

Open Mouth Film Festival (screening of Berger & Berger film in various London locations)

Summer Show (Chelsea College of Art)

For lack of words (solo show, Chelsea College of Art library)

Safe House (group show, Safehouse 1&2 Gallery, Peckham, London)

We,  (group show, Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art)

2018

&/then (group show, Menier Gallery, London)

education

2019 - 2020

2018 - 2019

2016 - 2018

MA Fine Art

Chelsea College of Art, University of the Arts London (UAL) 

Graduate Diploma Fine Art

Chelsea College of Art, UAL

Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

City Lit, London