How is life as an artist in tension with conventional working hours and linear career paths? What power do artists hold to challenge ideas of productivity? Artists Emily Pope and Oreet Ashery will explore what constitutes achievement in the arts, alternative career models, and redefining traditional pathways.
Emily Pope is an artist based in London. She makes merchandise, audio, film and is currently working on a sitcom called The Sitcom Show. Recent exhibitions & projects include: Episode 4 - The Keyboard Lesson, Becky’s London; the White Pube online residency; ASP, ICA London; Episode 1 - The Court Summons, Ladette Space, London; Tarantellegra, Hester, New York; and together with Ruth Angel Edwards: Got 2 B, a radio show on Comet Radio. Emily has a Masters in Writing from the Royal College of Art, and studied fine art at the School of the Damned, a free postgraduate art course run by and for its students.
Oreet Ashery is a London based interdisciplinary visual artist and an educator, working with biopolitical-fiction, gender materiality and potential communities, in local and international contexts. Ashery’s established practice manifests through distinct multiplatform projects and spans live situations and performances, moving and still image, writing and assemblages. The work turns to areas such as commissioned music, costume, workshops and activism. Ashery’s current work for which she won the Film London Jarman Award 2017, is an artist web series titled Revisiting Genesis on digital death and sociopolitical loss. Revisiting Genesis solo exhibitions include: Bodies that Matter: Jo Spence and Oreet Ashery, Wellcome Collection 2019, Rennes Biennial 2018, Thessaloniki Biennale 2017, Stanley Picker Gallery 2016, Tyneside Cinema 2016, ICA fig-2 2015. The sonic performance Passing through Metal: Kettle’s Yard Cambridge, 2018, Donaufestival Festival, Krems 2018, LPS Malmo 2017. The World is Flooding, a Tate Modern Turbine Hall commissioned performance and zine, 2014 and Party for Freedom, an Artangel commission 2013. Ashery is an Associate Professor of Art at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, her work has been published in art, cultural and academic publications worldwide, and she is a regular contributor to panels, keynotes and talks.