This in conversation will explore Mary Evans’ installation-based practice which uses symbolism and pictogram to reflect on the historical frameworks of diaspora and migration. Having worked with Iniva early in her career, the discussion will also reflect the role Iniva plays in supporting artists, like Mary, through commissioning, publishing and archiving work at different stages in their development.
“I am interested in understanding how the social, cultural and political dynamics of modern Britain are in many respects the legacy of Britain’s imperial past and am fascinated by the circuitous route via which people arrive and settle somewhere through emigration and Diaspora, what affects people on those journeys; what they are forced to learn, and relearn, what they choose to remember and forget and how they are irrevocably changed. This cross-cultural discourse is paralleled by a secondary discourse that links methods of production, ‘fine art’ and ‘craft’, decoration and ornament.” (Mary Evans)
Image Above: Mary Evans, Held (2013) Installation View