The script of “One Big Bag” is drawn from workshops, research and interviews Every Ocean Hughes conducted with several end-of-life doulas from different cultural backgrounds. The video uses the “mobile corpse kit – a bag filled with everyday objects doulas use to care for the newly dead – as both the visual structure and narrative driver of the video.
With a matter-of-fact-demeanour and intense physicality, the performer guides the viewer into the largely uncharted waters of corpse care – practical, political and spiritual. The form of the video creates a tension between the subject matter of dying and the forceful aliveness of the performance itself.
The screening is followed by a conversation between Every Ocean Hughes and the curator Mason Leaver-Yap, who through earlier collaborations is intimately familiar with the artist’s work.
Every Ocean Hughes
Every Ocean Hughes is a transdisciplinary artist and writer. Spanning photography, sculpture, installation, performance, film, as well as writing and publishing, her practice manifests from an ongoing inquiry into performativity and the spaces that hold queer life, and, most recently, queer death. Collaboration is at the core of her work, for instance through the rich history of collaboration with LTTR, in addition to lyric writing, costume design, and curatorial projects.
Her recent solo exhibitions include Alive Time at Moderna Museet (Stockholm, 2022), One Big Bag at Studio Voltaire (London, 2022), Kunsthalle Lissabon (Lisbon, 2017), Secession (Vienna 2015), and PARTICIPANT INC, New York (2015). Hughes has presented commissions of new work at Tate Modern (London, 2012, 2017), the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, 2014), Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (2014); and the Kitchen (New York 2010), among others.
She has also presented numerous projects in group exhibitions and festivals, including the Berlinale (2022), Witch Hunt at the Hammer Museum and ICA LA (Los Angeles, 2021), 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016); the Biennale of Sydney (2014); the Museum of Modern Art (New York, 2014); Future Generation Art Prize at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid, 2010); and the Whitney Biennial (New York, 2010). Hughes was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in 2019-2020. She is currently the Sachs Visiting Professor at University of Pennsylvania.
Every Ocean Hughes is based between Sweden and the United States. She is formerly known as Emily Roysdon.
Mason Leaver-Yap works with artists to produce texts, exhibitions, and events. They have recently been working with Ingrid Pollard, Renée Green and Free Agent Media, Renèe Helèna Browne, Onyeka Igwe, Lin+Lam, Uri Aran, Evan Ifekoya, Oreet Ashery, Laura Guy, Sunil Gupta and the Estate of Tessa Boffin, Sharon Hayes and Mathew Parkin, Lucy McKenzie, Iman Issa, Wendy Jacob, Alejandro Cesarco, Jimmy Robert, Rachel O’Reilly, Andrea Büttner, Kat Anderson, Jamie Crewe, and Beatrice Gibson. Mason Leaver-Yap is based between Berlin and Glasgow.
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Lena Essling, curator, Catrin Lundqvist, curator.
What has the Film Club shown before?
“One Big Bag” is organized on the occasion of the exhibition “Alive Time” (March 1 – April 17, 2022), a solo exhibition presenting the work of Every Ocean Hughes.