I am an artist, writer and academic. I make work in film and video, photographic media and printmaking. My interests are in visualising gender, diasporic identities and queer identities. For some time my work has placed my own body at its centre in what has become a series of 'performances for the camera'. Recent concerns in moving image and photographic work have been with addressing themes of desire, memory and dislocation, and are a reflection on the experience of Irish migration. This theme is addressed in Kitchen Accounts (2016, book publication) and in the forthcoming work The Front Room Accounts for the Kitchen. Recently I have been involved in co-curating a large-scale research and exhibition project, SLIDE TAPE: Key Work in the UK since the 1970s, in collaboration with Vivid Projects, Birmingham. In Autumn 2013 the project staged exhibitions, a symposium, an artists' residency and talk events presenting a fresh appraisal of this abandoned form and is being followed in 2015 by a national touring programme and book publication. The overall aim of the project is to re-stage, reinstate and reappraise this work and its contribution towards the development of artists' moving image work in the UK. This project is related to the doctoral research programme I undertook which examined film theories that emerged in the 1970s and their effects on artists and art practices from the 1970s to the present and for which I was awarded a doctorate in 2007.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training 2007 - PhD, Fine Art (Critical and Historical Studies), Loughborough University, Leics 1992 - MA, Fine Art, BIAD, University of Central England, Birmingham 1981 - BA Hons, Fine Art, Stourbridge College of Art Solo exhibitions 1999 - More Than The Eye Can See, Lighthouse gallery, Wolverhampton Group exhibitions 2014 - Film, feminism, activism: Looking out from the CCCS, Vivid Projects, Birmingham 2013 - Queer: An exhibition of contemporary queer photography, Showcase Gallery, Birmingham 2013 - A3 Works, A3 Project Space, Birmingham 2012 - Frame: splendid art in places you already go, Waterhall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 2012 - Civil Partnerships, University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton 2010 - 0 & 1: Cyberspace and the Myth of Gender, 501 Contemporary Art Space, Chongqing, China 2008 - UltiMAte 08, School of Art and Design, University of Wolverhampton 2007 - Relay, Friese Greene Gallery, Brighton and Remote Transmitters 2006 - 2nd Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, Greece 2006 - Another Product, Cornerhouse, Manchester 2006 - Videonale 11, Cinema Union, Berlin 2005 - Printing Inc., Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham 2004 - Birmingham Printmakers, Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield 2004 - Otherside, Side Cinema, Newcastle 2002 - A lesbian arts festival, Trinity College, Dublin 2001 - Singularity, Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham 2000 - 0044: Irish Artists Working in Britain, Crawford Gallery, Cork 2000 - 0044: Irish Artists Working in Britain, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast 2000 - Vivid Now-Bursary Artists 1997-2000, Vivid, Birmingham 1999 - 0044: Irish Artists Working in Britain, PSI Gallery, New York 1999 - Video Invideous, Arthouse, Dublin 1997 - In(Visibilities), RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin Residencies 2007 - Artists Access to Art Colleges, School of Art and Design, University of Wolverhampton Educational experience - tertiary 2008 - Lecturer in Fine Art, Loughborough University, Leics 2000 - Part-time Lecturer, School of Art and Design, Loughborough University 1997 - Visiting Lecturer, School of Visual Arts, Nottingham Trent University 1996 - Associate Lecturer, Art and Design, South Birmingham College 1993 - Visiting Lecturer, School of Fine Art, Limerick College of Art and Design Publications 2016 - 'Kitchen Accounts' in Meskimmon, M and Arnold, M (eds), Home/land: Women Citizenship, Photographies, Liverpool University Press 2013 - 'How we live today...Florence Ayisi in dialogue with Mo White' in Meskimmon,M and Rowe,D (eds), Women,the arts and globalization: Eccentric experience, Manchester University Press 2007 - 'a round...', in Relay: an exhibition of sound and installation, catalogue, Brighton, Friese Greene Gallery