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Edition 22, December 2018

E L I Z A B E T H  K W A N T


I'm closing out the year with some highlights from 2018 and news of exciting projects coming up in 2019! Thank you to everyone who has supported me this year by encouraging me with your words/ advice, collecting a piece of work, or coming along to an exhibition opening. It's been a busy but fruitful year! There are some exciting projects in the pipeline for 2019... so read on for more details! 
(Image from top) 1. Still from In-Transit filmed early morning in Casablanca Morocco. I particularly loved returning to my old stomping ground to film this body of work! 2. Filming "In Transit" in the Old Medina Tangier 3. Installation of "In Transit" at Air Gallery Open 2018, Altrincham 4. In Transit - solo exhibition at Canada House supported by LJ Partnerships and Ministry to Business. Image: "Habeas Corpus" a series of screen printed flags installed in the co-working space within a former cotton packing warehouse in Manchester 5. Egyptian artist Mai Al Shazly rehearsing her performance "The Other side of the Giant Slab" at The Alexandria Library, Rusholme.
*NEW WORK* Over the past few months I've been completing a new body of printed work, which makes reference to the historic French fabric  "Toile de Jouy." 'Toile' as it came to be known, became very popular in the 18th century as a form of socio- poltiical documentation of working class society. Alongside the more popular 'chinoiserie' and 'pastoral' scenes, other designs quietly documented social injustices and key events of the times. Harnessing this form, I've produced a series of wallpaper and associated limited edition prints, which draw upon my previous investigation into the Mediterranean Migrant Crisis, whilst emboding the form of 18th century print. To view this body of work click here
Letter to Prince Abashy (an African Prince) from William Earle dated February 1761 concerning the capture (enslavement) of his two sons. The Earle family were one of the most prominent slave trading families in Liverpool. (Collection of National Museums Liverpool).

I'm thrilled to announce I've been awarded an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant for my upcoming research project in partnership with the International Slavery Museum (ISM) Liverpool. The project "Surveying the Land: Legacies of Slavery" will research into the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade with specific reference to key architectural sites related to colonial slavery in the North West. This research will inform a series of community based workshops in collaboration with female victims of modern day slavery, led by Choreographer and Producer Magdalen Bartlett. Toegther we will co-produce a contemporary response through performance and film, which will be exhibited at ISM later in 2019. The project will be complemented with artist professional development and mentoring by Mark Devereux Projects, film production mentoring by Armadillio Productions and a commissioned text by Tom Emery.

I'm already in the throws of research, spending time each week in the collections and archives at ISM. Curator Jean- Francois Manicom and assistant Lorna Hyland have been wonderful at introducing me to their team, and proving expert guidance about the collections, including how to decipher 17th century handwriting! (see Image!)

You can follow my research via instagram:

See you in 2019!
Useful links:
BBC announces "Why Slavery?" season read more

"Timed for International Anti-Slavery day on 18 October, and in collaboration with The Open University, the BBC has commissioned and produced six new films ... that will uncover aspects of the various forms of slavery that exist today. With an estimated 40.3 million people living in some form of slavery today, these films will provide a heart-breaking insight into human struggles, but also look at the systems that allow modern slavery to exist...."

Museum of London Docklands
"Slavery, culture & collecting"
15th Sept 2018- 15th Sept 2019

"A challenging display investigating the relationship between European culture and transatlantic slavery." find out more

Supported using National Lottery funding through Arts Council England.
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