Artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd will present the première of her work Here She Comes as part of Southbank Centre’s WOW - Women of the World festival. This is the second of 8 new art commissions presented in different venues across the UK throughout 2016 in celebration of the Arts Council Collection’s 70th anniversary.
‘Here She Comes’ is part sculpture, part performance, and tells the stories of women from different moments in history, from Boudicca to Montessori, alongside narratives from seminal feminist texts, including Doris Lessing’s The Grass is Singing and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper.
Chetwynd is known for her performances, sculptures and paintings celebrating iconic moments in cultural history in spontaneous and anarchic ways. The works often incorporate handmade props, costumes and sets. She is influenced by performing traditions such as medieval plays, carnivals, communes, drag acts and political demonstrations. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2012 and has created performances and exhibitions across the world in contexts including Studio Voltaire, London; Nottingham Contemporary; CRICOTEKA, Kraków; the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art; and the New Museum, New York.