Behind the Scenes Studio Visits
Chat with artists based at Spike Island, explore their studios and view works-in-progress during these informal encounters. Each artist gives a brief introduction to their practice followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion.
David Alesworth is a sculptor, photographer and researcher of garden histories, working between Lahore, Pakistan and Bristol. Over the past decade his work has been organised around expanded ideas of the garden: ‘the global forest’ of which we are all part. The garden is his key metaphor to question humanity’s culturally specific relationships with the natural world and to understand the notion of nature as a social problem. His own hybrid identity as a Pakistani National of White British ethnicity informs many aspects of his practice.
Alesworth’s recent exhibitions include: Taqseem, Koel Gallery, Karachi (2017); The Missing One, OCA, Oslo (2016) curated by Nada Raza; How We Mark the Land, Gandhara-art Space, Karachi (2016); Hopes of Paradise, Grosvenor Gallery, London (2016); The Architecture of Life, BAMPFA, Berkeley University, California (2016); Dhaka Art Summit (2016); Jameel Prize Shortlist, V&A at Pera Museum, Istanbul (2016); 8th Berlin Biennale, Dahlem Museum Complex, Berlin (2014).
He was the Head of Foundation Studies and an Associate Professor at SVA, BNU, Lahore from 2005–2015 and is currently a Visiting Artist at several UK art schools.