Davies, Phoebe

Bafazi Khulumane (Zulu Translation Women Speak Up) / Influences

Phoebe Davies travelled to South Africa in November and December 2015 to showcase her work, Influences, through the SA-UK British Council ZA Connect Programme. Alongside this project, the funding from WAI enabled Phoebe to travel with Melissa Hinkin (Cardiff-based curator and assistant curator at Artes Mundi) and Gill Lloyd (Artsadmin director based in Hay on Wye) to maximise the research and collaborative opportunities by developing a new project, Bafazi Khulumane. A new body of work was created and showcased in Johannesburg to coincide with 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.

"Receiving funding from WAI to work in Johannesburg enabled me to spend focussed working alongside South African artists and activists. This time, research and experience has been invaluable to my practice and personal development. It not only allowed me the space to consider the politics of social practice working across borders but enabled me time to forge rooted collaborations and learn with and from contemporary artists and curators working in diverse settings.

On returning from Johannesburg, my dialogue with South African artist and curators has continued and I am currently collaboration with Welsh curator Melissa Hinkin and Artsamdin director Gill Llloyd to cultivate the various projects strands that began to grow during the residency. I am also delighted to say that in recent months I have been invited to share these new strands of work at institutions across the UK and internationally. "

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