Statement

My work primarily explores issues of desire and power in relation to gender performativity and sexual politics. I do this through actions that combine anthropomorphised or euphemised everyday objects with the body in absurd ways.  I hope to reveal sinister elements within these 'collaborations', to simultaneously amuse and unsettle the viewer. Ordinary functions of tools are rejected and their fetishistic qualities unearthed in attempt to destabilise learned compartmentalism between the erotic and mundane.

I often appropriates gestures and poses from sources that present bodies as consumable spectacles, whether from the history of art, pornography, product demonstrations, stock photos or advertisements. This is partly in attempt to reclaim them, and partly to ridicule them.  I am also interested in cliché (and often outdated) symbols of femininity and use them in hope of navigating the historically taught methods which construct identity.

Fundamentally, I hope to communicate bafflement in the face of externally prescribed rules about how to behave, as a socialised human, sexualized women and consumer.

Most of my work so far has used my own body, but I have currently become interested in working with other people. I am excited by the way that meanings of gestures change when performed in multiple or by different bodies than my own. 

 

Contact

rosiegibbens1@gmail.com

Instagram: rosiegibbens

 

Education

2018 MA Contemporary Art Practice (Performance) | Royal College of Art (current)

2015 BA (Hons) Performance Design and Practice | First Class Honours | Central Saint Martins

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

Upcoming

23rd June - 1st July June: Royal College of Art Degree Show 2018 | Royal College of Art (SW11 4AN) | London

26th June: Low Entertainment | Hackney Wick (TBC) | London

 

2018

Beyond the Body | Asylum | London

Diffracta | Total Refreshment Centre | London

Bomb Factory Film Festival | Art Week Exeter | Exeter

5 Minutes of Your Time | TestBed/ Doodle bar | London 

REVOLVE Performance Festival | The Orangerie, Orbyhus Castle | Uppsala, Sweden 

False Efficiency | Toynbee Studios | London

CAPberet | Royal College of Art | London

Artists Film Festival VI | The Bomb Factory Art Foundation | London

The Cruising Garden | Vogue Fabrics | London

Queer and Feminist Porn | Royal College of Art | London 

Deep Trash Romance | Cuntemporary | Bethnal Green Workinmen’s Club | London

GRAIN | The Factory | Folkestone

 

2017

I Come In The End, The Best Is Over | Dyson Gallery | London

I’ll Be More Social Tomorrow | Charlton Gallery | London

Standing Block | Lincoln projects |Burlington Camden | London

(Ten)peramental | Toynbee Studios | London

F O L L O W | Lychee One | London

Archiving Fever no.2 | Square Gallery | London

Archiving Fever no.1 | Hundred Years Gallery | London

Intimaterial | Royal College of Art | London

REVOLVE Performance Festival | Uppsala Konst Museum |Uppsala, Sweden

Five minutes of your time | Testbed | London

MicroActs | Hotel Elephant | London

Work in Progress Show | Royal College of Art | London

 

2016

Handover | The Factory | Folkestone

Drunken Nights | St George Tavern | London

This was the Future | Barbican Conservatory | London

Mourning Milk | Freshly Scratched | Battersea Arts Centre | London

PowerHouse | Platform Theatre | London

 

Related Experience

 

2018 Member of the Artsadmin Youth Board

2018  Workshop facilitator for Families affected by the Grenfell Fire | Acava | London, UK

2018 Early Years and Families Learning Assistant | Tate | London, UK

2017 Workshop facilitator for college students | Royal College of Art | London, UK

2016 Performer for Simon Vincenzi | The Things We Do | Barbican | London, UK

2015 Performer for Shabnam Shabazi | Snail Portrait | Spill Festival | London, UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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