Taking up residence in the Drawing Studio, artist Oriana Fox will lead Family Takeover, our weekly drop-in programme for families, leading creative activities inspired by the exhibitions Sadie Benning: Sleep Rock and Ian White: Any frame is a thrown voice.
Oriana’s workshops will draw out key themes from the exhibitions, including ideas of transformation, framing and identity. Join us for sessions where we will work with a range of materials in order to make sets and props, stage performances and create new alter-egos.
Oriana Fox is an American artist based in London who works primarily with video and performance to explore the connections between self-disclosure, non-conformity, creativity, belonging and well-being. Fox made her first piece of video art as part of a larger quest to find the perfect feminist role model. Searching through the ubiquitous portrayals of women in mainstream culture to no avail, Fox turned to feminism and queer representations to find what was missing, that is, individuals who question the status quo and are shameless in revealing their own imperfections and fallibility.
In her performances and films, Fox has taken on a whole host of roles from housewives and exercise goddesses to self-help gurus and Viennese actionists. Unable to decide between the privileges of the mainstream and the liberation of the avant-garde, Fox has begun filming her own chat show to put this conundrum to guest performers, artists and intellectuals with the hope that one day she herself will become as influential as Oprah.
With a BFA from Washington University in St Louis and an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London, Oriana Fox has shown her work in renowned art venues such as the ICA, Tate Modern and Britain, Orchard Gallery in New York and Kunsthalle Wein, Vienna. Fox is also currently pursuing a practice-based PhD and lecturing in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths. Read more
Supported by The Cecil and Hilda Lewis Charitable Trust, The Heathside Charitable Trust and Waitrose Community Matters