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 proposing art schools be built over golf courses, my work addresses the interconnected nature of prevailing social, political, economic and environmental conditions.

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 1960s rhythm 'n' blues band became a vehicle to discuss the interconnected nature of Britain's colonial history, tax avoidance and soft power. 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)

Commissions include; The Billboard, Spit & Sawdust, Cardiff, 2018; and Adam Speaks, The National Trust, Croome, Worcestershire, 2017. Exhibitions include; Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Liverpool John Moore University (2018) & South London Gallery (2018-19); more of an avalanche, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, 2018 (group); You're Surrounded by Me, Turf Projects, Croydon, 2017 (group); 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; A.P.T Graduate Studio Award 2016; Edith-Russ-Haus Award for Emerging Media Artists 2015; Lewisham Arthouse Graduate Studio Award 2015; Catlin Guide 2015; and Collyer Bristow Graduate Award 2014.
b. 1991, Croydon, UK

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