This will be the first gallery presentation of Charity outwith Scotland and the first exhibition of Davis’ work in London since 2012.
Working across a range of media, including film and video, drawing, printmaking, installation and bookworks, Davis questions how historical narratives are produced and perpetuated. This has often involved probing the aesthetic and political ambiguities of particular artworks and specific historical moments from a contemporary feminist perspective.
Commissioned by LUX and Glasgow Film Festival in 2016, Charitywas inspired by the ways in which the work of film-maker, poet and artist Margaret Tait invites the viewer to contemplate fundamental emotions and everyday activities that are often overlooked. Taking artistic representations of breastfeeding as its focus, the film explores how the essential – but largely invisible and unpaid – processes we employ to care for others could be re-imagined.
Charity is shown alongside related artworks, bookworks, research materials and a selection of films and videos from the LUX and Cinenova collections. A newly commissioned text by writer and lecturer Amy Tobin will be published on the occasion of the exhibition.
The exhibition is curated by Nicole Yip, Director of LUX Scotland, and presented with LUX Scotland.