Delfina Foundation

Talk: PRESENT - Our notion of present is subjective.

12/04/11 — 13/04/11

A collaboration with Visiting Arts as part of Artist to Artist International 2011.

In this series, artists usually separated by place, considered the impact of intense immersion in shared time / space on their relationships, connections, perspectives and practice.

ARTISTS IN CONVERSATION

Ines Jerray & Gayle Chong Kwan
Tuesday 12 April 2011. 18:30 - 20:00
Tunisian artist Ines Jerray visited Gayle Chong Kwan for a creative dialogue around ideas that cross-over and connect their work, focusing on animation as a way of exploring hybridization, the senses, cognition, memory, context, the body and landscapes of difference.

Khaled Hafez & Onya McCausland
Wednesday 13 April 2011. 18:30-20:00
Khaled Hafez travelled from Cairo to meet Onya McCausland in London. They worked on a joint project, stemming from their initial encounter 16 years ago when they met in the Siwa Oasis in the Egyptian desert, only to lose contact. The project explored the shifting identity of the self and its belonging; they explored the virtual universe of the Internet, capable of reconnecting the authors of the project while instigating a revolution in Egypt.

Artist to Artist provides a unique opportunity to bring together pairs of artists to initiate inter cultural dialogue across international borders. The structure of the programme is tailored by the artists themselves and puts the emphasis firmly on research and the exchange of ideas rather than production.

Artist to Artist is supported by Arts Council England and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and is co hosted by The Delfina Foundation, London and Visiting Arts.

BIOGRAPHIES

Gayle Chong Kwan (b. 1973) works with photography, video, sound, installation, performance and collaborative practice to create mise-en-scene landscapes and environments out of disturbing arrangements of waste, food, found materials and documentary sources. Her work highlights the ambiguous relationship between reality, appropriation, and the detoured implications of fictional contemporary mechanisms, collective histories and latter day myths. Gayle's work creates a dialectic universe, highlighting fictional contemporary mechanisms and the flowering of latter day myths.

Gayle Chong Kwan (b. 1973) works with photography, video, sound, installation, performance and collaborative practice to create mise-en-scene landscapes and environments out of disturbing arrangements of waste, food, found materials and documentary sources. Her work highlights the ambiguous relationship between reality, appropriation, and the detoured implications of fictional contemporary mechanisms, collective histories and latter day myths. Gayle's work creates a dialectic universe, highlighting fictional contemporary mechanisms and the flowering of latter day myths.

Gayle Chong Kwan holds a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art, a BA in Politics and Modern History from Manchester University and an MSc in Communications from Stirling University and is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD at the University of the Arts, London, UK and most recently has exhibited at the New Forest Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia 2011.

Khaled Hafez (b.1963) is a visual artist from Cairo, Egypt. His practice spans the mediums of painting, installation, photography and video. Having previously worked as a medical specialist, Khaled gave up medical practices in the early nineties for a career in the art and obtained an MFA in new media and digital arts from Transart Institute (New York, USA) and Danube University Krems (Austria). His works have been shown at the 12th Cairo Biennale, Egypt (December 2010), the Sharjah Biennale 2007, as well as at Saatchi Gallery and Tate Modern. Khaled Hafez is Fulbright Fellow (2005) and a Rockefeller Fellow (2009).

Ines Jerray (b. 1977) is an artist from Tunisia working in animation, photography and installation. She is currently conducting research towards her PhD in visual and performing arts at the Universities of Tunis (Tunisia) and Atois (France), focusing on "animation work as site of cognitive and sensory experiences", the presence of the body and its manifestation in both intimate and public spaces. Ines uses graphic figures, objects and sounds to question the physical and affective relations that are weaved between the animate and inanimate. Her work usually shows the premiere and primitive relation to objects and to the others as means of survival and self construction/destruction.

Ines's work has been exhibited in France (ENSAD, Paris) Tunisia (Cultural Center of Sousse) and Japan (Maejima Art center of Okinawa).

Onya McCausland is Honorary Research Assistant at the Slade School of Art, London, where she is developing knowledge in materials and methods where discussion, experiment and testing support new knowledge of material culture within painting. Her research attempts to locate the fluid transition of landscape as it is turned into pigment, assuming implications of impermanence, disruption and uncertainty.