I am an artist and (occasional) curator. Throughout my practice, I combine geographically and temporally distant points of reference to produce images, objects, films and events. Whether deploying disco music in opposition to fascism, recording a rhythm ‘n’ blues album about tax avoidance, or crafting banners that prefigure the future, my work addresses the interconnected nature of prevailing social, political, economic and environmental conditions. I use humour, radical joy and speculative fiction to disrupt our lived reality and imagine the world otherwise. In doing so, I hope to bring this seemingly distant ‘otherwise’ closer to hand.

In 2012 I founded English Disco Lovers (EDL), a protest group that looked to reclaim the 'EDL' acronym of the English Defence League. The project involved; online occupations, street-level protests, club nights, talks and exhibitions. Other recent projects include Under the Shade I Flourish (2015-16), in which a mid-1960s rhythm 'n' blues band became a vehicle to discuss the interconnected nature of Britain's colonial history, tax avoidance and soft power. The band in question had formerly been managed by Michael Ashcroft, a notorious business man and political figure. In 2017 I curated You're Surrounded by Me at Turf Projects, Croydon, a group exhibition which commented “on the political importance of love, humour, non-violence, collaboration and speculative futures.” (Hatty Nestor, Studio International, Sept 2017)

I’m currently a participant in Syllabus III, an alternative peer-led learning programme. Commissions include; The Billboard, Spit & Sawdust, Cardiff, 2018; Adam Speaks, The National Trust, Croome, Worcestershire, 2017; and Keeley Round, Turf Projects, Croydon, 2016. Exhibitions include; more of an avalanche, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, 2018 (group); You're Surrounded by Me, Turf Projects, Croydon, 2017 (group); the man who moved too far, too fast, Lewisham Arthouse, London, 2016 (solo); Of the Sea, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, 2016 (group); Under the Shade I Flourish, xero, kline & coma, London, 2016 (solo); and Outdancing Formations, Edith-Russ-Haus, Oldenburg, 2015 (dual, with Marta Popivoda). Awards, bursaries and publications include; Fenton Arts Trust Bursary 2017; Light Eye Mind Graduate Award 2016; A.P.T Graduate Studio Award 2016; Edith-Russ-Haus Award for Emerging Media Artists of the Sparda Bank 2015; Lewisham Arthouse Graduate Studio Award 2015; Catlin Guide 2015; and Collyer Bristow Graduate Award 2014.

b. 1991, Croydon, UK
Based between London & Folkestone

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