BL CK B X: Kathryn Elkin, Queen

16 Jan 2019 – 16 Feb 2019

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Wednesday-Saturday, 12-4pm

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Travel Information

  • Buses: 143, 210, 271 (Waterlow Park Lauderdale House from Archway / Highgate Hill Hornsey Lane towards Archway) W5 (Cromwell Avenue) 214 (Ponds Square, then access Waterlow Park through Upper Swains Lane Gate) 4, C11 (Magdala Avenue, then walk up Dartmouth Park Hill)
  • Archway station (Northern Line) is a 10 minute walk away (via Highgate Hill)
  • Trains: Upper Holloway station is a 15 minute walk away
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In this “pregnancy and baby” video – as the artist describes it – Kathryn Elkin tackles, with her usual sense of humour and irreverence, issues around motherhood, labour and creation, personal biography, being an artist and the transforming pregnant body.


“I will have failed if the consensus is that I have simply made a video about having a baby. This is a video about time and labour (and identity/growth/momentum/rage/humour). It is also a video about names and biography.” (Kathryn Elkin)

Kathryn Elkin (Belfast, 1983) is an artist working with performance, video and writing. Her idiosyncratic, self-reflexive and at times hilariously absurd video works deal with roleplaying and improvising, often resembling simplified versions of music videos and TV talk shows. In her work, Elkin fuses biographical memory with shared cultural memory (popular music, television and cinema), offering a comparison of the way in which we experience art to the ways and means it is understood culturally.

Queen was first presented at BALTIC 39 and was produced in the context of the Warwick Stafford Fellowship. BL CK B X: Kathryn Elkin is Elkin’s first solo show in London.


Kathryn Elkin (born in Belfast, 1983) is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art (2005) and Goldsmiths College (2012) and former LUX Associate Artist (2013). She is currently based in Berwick Upon Tweed. Elkin’s performance and video works concern the live encounter and roleplay, framed by experiments with the outtake, the interview and humour. She has an ongoing interest in shared cultural memory (as produced by popular music, television and cinema) and the melding of this information to biographical anecdotes. She was a participant in the BBC project Artists in the Archive in 2014, and completed a solo exhibition at CCA Glasgow titled ‘Television’ in 2016. She has shown work throughout the UK, including ICA, Tate Modern, Collective Gallery, Transmission, S1 and CCA Derry as well as exhibiting in Montreal and Shanghai. She has screened works at festivals internationally, including Courtisane Festival, London Film Festival, Oberhausen festival, Seoul International New Media Festival and Union Docs, New York.

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