Approved: 16.08.2006

Dawn Woolley

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Approved: 16.08.2006

My artistic practice encompasses photography, video, installation and performance. I use photographs of objects and people to question issues of artificiality and idealisation. My artwork forms an enquiry into the act of looking and being looked at. Referring to psychoanalysis, phenomenology and feminism I examine my own experience of becoming an object of sight. Voyeurism, exhibitionism and desire

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  • Location: Cardiff, Wales
  • Activities: Higher education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Private commissions, Critical writing
  • Categories: Film & Video, Installation, Performance, Photography, Research
  • Tags: body, performance, idealisation, illusion, feminism, consumerism, still life, tableau vivant, installation, desire
 
 

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    Biography

    My artistic practice encompasses photography, video, installation and performance. I use photographs of objects and people to question issues of artificiality and idealisation. My artwork forms an enquiry into the act of looking and being looked at. Referring to psychoanalysis, phenomenology and feminism I examine my own experience of becoming an object of sight. Voyeurism, exhibitionism and desire intertwine as I attempt to disrupt relationships of power in purposefully provocative scenes. There is a strong performative aspect to my work and it is often difficult to determine whether the photographs are the artworks or documents of performances that have already taken place. This ambiguousness allows me to play with the conventions of photography.

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training

    2008 - Photography, Royal College of Art, London

    2001 - Fine Art Print-making, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester

    Solo exhibitions

    2015 - Consumer, Various commercial advertising spaces, Cardiff

    2013 - Visual Pleasure, Hippolyte Photography Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

    2012 - Short Lived Pleasure, Bloc Projects, Sheffield

    2012 - Visual Pleasure, Vilniaus Fotografijos Galerija, Lithuania

    2011 - Visual Pleasure, Ffotogallery, Penarth, Cardiff

    2010 - Interloper, Oriel Davies, Newtown, Powys

    2010 - The Substitute, Newhall College, Cambridge University, Cambridge

    2008 - Interloper, South Square Gallery, Bradford

    2006 - The Other Woman, The Lighthouse Gallery, Wolverhampton

    2003 - Because I'm worth it, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, Blackburn

    2002 - Because I'm worth it, Open Artist's Studios, Manchester

    2002 - Contact Scheme, Community Venues, Lancaster

    Group exhibitions

    2014 - All Coherence Gone? BayArts, Cardiff

    2014 - Basically. Forever. Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

    2014 - Recollection, Ruimte Morguen, Antwerp, Belgium

    2014 - The Functionality of Thought, Paper Gallery at Affordable art Fair, London

    2014 - Supermarket 2014, Paper Gallery at Stockholm Independent Art Fair

    2013 - Diamond Geezar, Garage, Antwerp, Belguim

    2013 - Wild Oats, Milkwood Gallery, Cardiff

    2013 - Trajector, Bloom Hotel, Brussels, Belguim

    2013 - Wastelands, Greenlease Gallery, Kansas City, USA

    2012 - 100 Curators 100 Days, Selected by Matthias Harder, Chief curator, Helmut Newton Foundation, Saatchi Online

    2012 - All Your Women Things, Paper, Manchester

    2012 - Create, Observe, Perform, Alkovi Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

    2012 - Look Attractive, UMKC Gallery of Art, Kansas City

    2012 - Manchester Contemporary, Paper, Manchester

    2012 - Visual Pleasure, Photography and Performance, Wall Gallery, Newport Univeristy, Newport

    2011 - Worldwide @ Young Portfolio , Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato, Japan

    2011 - Artemisia, St David's Centre, Cardiff 2011 - Expo et Reflexions sur les Stereotypes Sexistes, College des Bourg Mestre et Echevins de Schaerbeek, Brussels

    2011 - Objects of Desire, Freud Museum, London

    2011 - Portmanteau, Halle 14, Spinnerei (curated by G39), Leipzig

    2011 - Time After 2011, Gallery Kortil, Rijeka, Croatia

    2011 - Virtually Real, The Audrey and Stanley Burton Gallery, Leeds

    2010 - Auxesis, Tactile Bosch, Cardiff

    2010 - New Media, Sex, and Culture in the 21st Century, Museum of New Art, Detroit

    2010 - Nude, Loudoun Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

    2010 - Virtually Real, Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, South Kensington

    2009 - Abandon Normal Devices Festival, FACT Centre , Liverpool

    2009 - Art V Film, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    2009 - Contemporary Art Projects, London Art Fair, London

    2009 - Cream International Festival for Arts and Media, Tokyo University of the Arts, Bashamichi Campus, Yokohama, Japan

    2009 - Cross Fire, Oriel Canfas, Cardiff

    2009 - Evolution Media Arts Festival, Burton Art Gallery and Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds

    2009 - Failure / Success, Tactile BOSCH studios, Cardiff

    2009 - Sensitive Material, NEU Gallery, London

    2009 - The Human Canvas, Centre for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado

    2009 - Transfixed Motion/Transitory Still, SIAD Gallery, Sheffield Hallam University

    2009 - Zero de Conduite, Elevator Gallery, London

    2008 - Collision 08, Area 10, London

    2008 - Crash Worship, Tactile Bosch, Cardiff

    2008 - Ending Feminist Futures, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

    2008 - Videophile, Phoenix Art gallery, Brighton

    2007 - House, Elastic Residence Gallery, London

    2007 - I'll Be Your Mirror, Primo Alonso Gallery, London

    2007 - Success / Failure, Photomonth Festival, Krakow, Poland

    2006 - I'll Be Your Mirror, Liverpool Biennial Independants, Liverpool

    2005 - Makeshift, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham

    2005 - We Didn't Mean to be Bad Kids, TV Made Us do it, Strathclyde University, Glasgow

    2005 - We Didn't Mean to be Bad Kids, TV Made Us do it, University of Hertford Galleries, Hertford

    2005 - Young Portfolio Acquisitions, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan

    2004 - We didn't mean to be bad kids, TV made us do it, Warrington Art Gallery, Warrington

    2003 - The Dog and Partridge, Castlefield Art Gallery, Manchester

    2002 - Art Take Away, Cornerhouse Art Centre, Manchester

    2002 - Family, (8 artists), De Montford Hall, Leicester City Art Gallery, Leicester

    2001 - Fresh Art Fair, Business Design Centre, London

    2001 - The Mancunian Candidate, Degree show, Holden Gallery, Manchester Metropolitan University Curated projects

    2006 - Another Product @ British Art Show, Cornerhouse Art Centre, Manchester

    2006 - Making Love to my Ego, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

    2004 - Peepshow, Warsaw Space, Manchester

    2004 - Processor, Warsaw Project Space, Manchester

    2003 - Show Home, Urban Splash, Manchester

    Live/Performance

    2010 - Cut to the Measure of Desire (Homo Bulla), G39 Gallery, Cardiff

    2010 - Cut to the Measure of Desire (Homo Bulla), Shop Window, Castle Arcade, Cardiff

    2010 - Cut to the Measure of Desire (vogelen), The Park Conservative Club, Cardiff

    Residencies

    2008 - Studio Residency, Cite Des Arts Internationale, Paris

    Projects

    2007 - Another Publication, Various, Utrecht

    Competitions, prizes and awards

    2010 - Man Group Photo Prize, Royal College of Art, London

    2010 - My World: Visions of 21st Century Feminism, European Women’s Lobby, Brussels

    2009 - The Human Canvas Juror's Selection, The Centre for Fine Art Photography, Fort collins, Colorado

    2008 - Art Source / Land Securities Award, MA Show, London