Artist talk - Kelcy Davenport

Published: 22 March 2017 at 11:14

Seashells under a microscope lens

Kelcy Davenport is a visual and performance artist currently pursuing a PhD in Fine Art, at Cambridge School of Art.

2pm Wednesday 22 March, Coslett 117

Kelcy's practice explores what it means to ‘struggle against war’ (Alliez and Negri, 2002) as an artist (and non-artist), set against the contemporary backdrop of a global politics of war.

Taking an archaeological approach, with selected artefacts providing a departure point for explorations of alternative histories, the research is staged across six zones: museum without walls, the regime of images and the digitisation of war reportage, distance and implication, re-embodiment, landscapes and boundaries, and heteronomy and autonomy.

Her recent performances/exhibitions/symposia include:

  • Recitativo (Fragments after Lucretius and Negri) by David Ryan, the British School at Rome, Italy (2017)
  • Manifesting Monuments: al-Hadr, with James W Norton, in collaboration with SIX Collective, for Art Language Location, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (2016)
  • From Basrah to Cambridge and Back, with Nawrast Sabah Abd Alwahab, Iraq (2016)
  • Solidarity and Suffering, University of Gdansk, Poland (2016), 15 February 2003 for the Sustainability Art Prize, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge (2016).