Shawanda Corbett

Hear what I’m saying

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Year 2020
Medium Acrylic on paper
Dimensions 30 x 21.1 cm
Nominated by Zoe Whitley
Top pick Russell Tovey, actor and Talk Art host

About the work

Hear what I’m saying depicts the first conversation between parent and child about blackness, when oral histories about the 60s and 70s in rural Mississippi are exchanged to further explain the importance of the body. The crucial need to listen, and how a young mind processes body politics are expressed through an interpretation of jazz.

About the artist:

Born 1989 New York, Shawanda Corbett lives and works in Oxford. Graduated from BFA at Rochester Institute of Technology (2016); MFA at The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford (2017); and is currently studying her doctorate at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford.

Visual and performance artist Shawanda Corbett battles otherness by building a branching world constructed by ceramics, visual art, dance, film, and performance. Whether she’s talking about traveling, communication, cyborg theory, or her own work, Corbett is “finding a thread we can all relate to.”

Her works are held in public and private collections including the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Harris Museum.

Selected solo exhibitions include Neighbourhood Garden, Corvi-Mora, London (2020); and The Complete Body, Wadham College, Oxford (2019). Selected group exhibitions include Friends and Friends of Friends, Schlossmuseum, Linz (2020); haar wese, (Performance), Supernormal, Oxford (2019); haar wese, Art of Noise III, (Performace), Modern Art Oxford (2019); and Southern Jazz, International Exhibition, Kastamonu University (2018). Selected live performances include breathe., NOW Gallery, London (2020); Blackbird in Mississippi, COS x Serpentine Park Nights, Serpentine Galleries, London (2019); haar wese, University of Oxford (2019); and Evocation of Buked, Deptford X, London (2018).

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