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)