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Magda Stawarska-Beavan was born in Poland, she lives and works in the UK. She is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice is primarily concerned with the evocative and immersive qualities of sound. She is interested in how a soundscape orients us and subconsciously embeds itself in our memories of place, enabling us to construct personal recollections and offering the possibility of conveying narrative to listeners who have never experienced a location. She works predominantly with sound, moving image and print, often connecting traditional printmaking processes with digital audio.

Amongst Stawarska-Beavan’s recent projects exploring the shifting sonic and visual identities of cities are Translating the City (2019) Resonating Silence (2019),  East {hyphen} West; Sound Impressions of Istanbul (2015), Seas Apart – Bosphorus (2018), Who/Wer (2017), and Kraków to Venice in 12 Hours (2013). They not only reveal intimate glimpses of the singular urban soundscapes of places but also interrogate their cultural complexities, exploring the blurred boundaries between public and private and probing the notion of physical and political borders as points of connection and signifiers of separation. Through her collaborations with other artists and writers and their “retelling” of her audio collages, her work explores the process of ‘inner listening’.  

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).

Recent Exhibitions and Performances

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)