Kelcy Davenport

Doctoral Researcher

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Fine art , Photography , Media arts

Courses taught: Fine Art

Kelcy is a Doctoral Researcher in fine art, with particular interest in art and Iraq (post-invasion, 2003).

Background

Kelcy is a Cambridge-based artist and researcher who previously completed her MFA Fine Art (2011-2014) at Anglia Ruskin University and BA (Hons) Photography and Video Art at Luton University (2004-2007). Her artistic practice to date spans photography, video installation, expanded documentary, experimental film, internet art, performance and intervention. Her recent exhibitions include: 15th February 2003 (2016), a 40 hour drawing performance for the Sustainability Art Prize (Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge); What kind of society can emerge from terror induced change? (2016), a multi-screen video and painting installation for PSEUDIO (Basement Project Space, Cambridge); Displaced Monuments (2016), a multi-director film in collaboration with international artist collective SIX and James W Norton (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge) for Art Language Location; and I looked everywhere for you, painting and still image sequences for Periferica: Growth and Insulation (Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge) as part of the Cambridge Sustainability Residency 2016.

Research interests

Research synopsis:

Kelcy’s research explores selected artworks and exhibitions which relate to Iraq, post-invasion 2003. To date these include:

  • Virtual museum displays of Mesopotamian artefacts, in 2016,
  • Media representations of the global anti-war demonstration on 15th February 2003,
  • The film Son of Babylon, by Mohamed Al-Daradji,
  • The Iraq Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale,
  • The new Basrah Museum, 2016. 

Through this enquiry, Kelcy seeks to confront the image and re-embody it through a physical process, which includes the presence of the hands, repetition, and re-making. In the process of trying to connect with the physicality of what these images represent, she reflects on her engagement with the subject matter.

Selected recent publications

Davenport, K, Feeling the Benefits: A Report (2016) for the RE:PRINT Symposium publication (forthcoming).

Davenport, K, Solidarity and Suffering, (2016) for the 2nd International Solidarity, Memory and Identity Conference publication by Gdansk University, Poland (forthcoming).

Recent presentations and conferences

15th February 2003 (2016), a 40 hour drawing performance for the Sustainability Art Prize 2016 (Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge)

What kind of society can emerge from terror induced change? (2016), a multi-screen video and painting installation for PSEUDIO (Basement Project Space, Cambridge)

Displaced Monuments (2016), a multi-director film in collaboration with international artist collective SIX and James W Norton for Art Language Location.