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Magda Stawarska-Beavan was born in Poland, she lives and works in the UK. She is a multi-disciplinary artist working predominantly with sound, moving image and print.  Her work examines the layering of a city’s unresolved present upon its past and the narratives that unfold within it. Her installations combine moving image, soundscape and, importantly, traditionally made screenprints and paintings on paper; work that draws on her desire to prompt us to remember what we thought, and perhaps hoped, we had forgotten. These projects reveal intimate glimpses of the singular urban soundscapes of places, interrogating their cultural complexities and probing physical and political, public and private borders. Through a retelling of encounters with other artists and writers in her audio collages, Stawarska-Beavan explores the process of inner listening. 

Recent exhibitions include: Spaces and Moments (2020) Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix London, The Blue Grid Test, Risquons Tout, Wiels, Brussels (2020); Reduce the Time Spent Holding – Commissioned 8 min sound piece for headphones for Lubaina Himid exhibition Work from Underneath New Museum, New York, (2019); Two venue solo show- Close Up/Long Shot Polish Institute and Cross Cut Projectroom MAG3 Vienna (2019);

Invisible Narratives, Newlyn Art Gallery, UK (2019); Tales from The Water Margins, 4th International Biennial of Casablanca, Morocco (2018); Sounds Like Her, New Art Exchange, Nottingham and UK touring (2017-2019); The International Print Triennial 2018 – Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, Poland; The Guanlan International Print Biennial in Shenzhen, China (2017)

 

Recent Exhibitions and Performances

Spaces and Moments, solo exhibition at Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix, London  (2020)
Risquons-Tout, (a collaborative work with Lubaina Himid) Wiels Contemporary Art Centre Brussels (2020)
Reduce the Time Spent Holding – Commission of 8 min sound piece for headphones. Plus soundtrack for Lubaina Himid exhibition ‘Work from Underneath’ New Museum, New York, USA (2019)
INVISIBLE NARRATIVES; New Conversations about Time and Place, 
Newlyn Art Gallery, UK (2019)
Tales from Water Margins, 4th International Biennial of Casablanca, Morocco (2018)
The International Print Triennial 2018 – Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, Poland (2018)
Sounds Like Her, New Art Exchange, Nottingham and UK touring (2017-2019)
TIES, Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium (2017)
Guanlan International Print Biennial in Shenzhen, China (2017, 2015)
10th International Biennial of Contemporary Print at Liege’s Museum of Fine Art, Belgium
Modern Histories vol. III, Bury Museum and Art Gallery, Manchester UK (2015)
International Print Triennial, Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, Poland (2015)
Project AfterBirth, White Moose, Barnstaple, UK (2015)
Circuit Bridges New York Concert (2015)
Kinokophonography Night at The New York Public Library for Performing Arts (2015, 2014)

Outdoor Public Installations

Her outdoor public installations were shown as part of the TONSPUR programme in MFRU, Foundation Son:DA,
Maribor Old Town Hall, Slovenia (2017)
Kapelica Gallery Ljubljana, Slovenia (2016)
28th Exposition of New Music Brno Festival (2015)
and in MQ21 TONSPUR_passage / Q21 MQ, Vienna (2013)
In 2011 she was commissioned to produce a sound installation in Preston City Centre, UK by In Certain Places (The Arcade).