FBA Futures 2020 reveals a significant interest in the body especially from female artists including Amy Steer, Miranda Forrester, Rosanna Dean and Iyesha Walker. Mapping new practices and ideas of representation and draughtsmanship, the artists explore body politics, gender identity, the physicality of the body, and the body in society; present feminist perspectives on their own bodies, and challenge the male gaze in the history of painting.
Themes of personal and collective cultural memory feature in other works including Eleanor Watson’s small oil paintings on natural woods of domestic objects from stately homes built on the wealth of the Empire, are reminders that some histories require active unforgetting; and in Da Hyoung Choi’s The Same Area 19 Days Later, Mercue Hotel in Aden, Yemen the artist archives images of buildings lost in the conflict and applies the Renaissance perspective to create a new image in paint.
FBA Futures 2020 is online from 15 November, and on 1st December several awards and prizes are announced, including the new Minerva Prize, the Hottinger Prize for Excellence and the Be Smart About Art Award.
FBA Futures 2020, participating artists: Sara Anstis, Lydia Blakeley, Mark Blecther, Lena Brazin, Jason Broad, Joseph Buhat, Da Hyoung Choi, Alex Clayton, Mikey Croft, Rosanna Dean, Manon Dowse, Marila Drobot, Andrew Eadington, Tobi Falade, Miranda Forrester, Chris Gilvan-Cartwright, Max Gimson, Madelynn Green, Katie Harman, Florence Hutchings, Helen Ireland, George Spencer Jackson, Kathryn Johnson, Chloe Johnson, Yanu Jung, Seungwon Jung, Ewan Keenan, Claire Kidd, Alice Linsell, Oliver Mulvihill, Josh Newsome, Charlotte Osborne, Susan Rocklin, Danny Romeril, Paolo Salvador, Konstantinos Sklaventitis, M E Smit-Dicks, Amy Steel, Shinuk Suh, Jack Sutherland, Izzy Treyvaud, Osaretin Ugiagbe, Marijke Vasey, Ella Walker, Iyesha Walker and Eleanor Watson.