Approved: 09.02.2018

Saskia Takens-Milne

Artist

Approved: 09.02.2018

“I wanted 1 hour with oral without + kissing and a bit of sex at the end... Unfortunately Saskia did not kiss at all and the oral was very stop/start whilst she dried her tongue and my old man every minute (I had showered beforehand) she obviously did not like oral without. I could tell she didn't really want to be there and by 20mins was pretty frustrated.” 
Cummin, Punternet

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  • Location: London
  • Contexts: Exhibition, Project, Studio practice
  • Artforms: Book works, Digital, Drawing, Film & video, Installation, Live art, Mixed media, Performance, Photography, Sculpture, Sound, Text, Textiles
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Artist Statement

“I wanted 1 hour with oral without + kissing and a bit of sex at the end... Unfortunately Saskia did not kiss at all and the oral was very stop/start whilst she dried her tongue and my old man every minute (I had showered beforehand) she obviously did not like oral without. I could tell she didn't really want to be there and by 20mins was pretty frustrated.” 
Cummin, Punternet

“Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their own point of view, which they confuse with absolute truth” 
Simone de Beauvoir

Deliberately misunderstanding convention or creating new and unnecessary artifice, Saskia presents us with interstitial glitches where we see glimpses of the ideological underlay. With risible melodrama, akin to John Carpenter’s ‘They Live’, Takens-Milne upends familiar domestic cultural products - jigsaws, cross-stitch samplers, holiday snaps - exploring their role as conduits for dominant ideologies such as patriarchy and neo-liberalism. 
Saskia Takens-Milne’s work is the grit in the vaseline.

"The first act of violence that patriarchy demands of males is not violence toward women. Instead patriarchy demands of all males that they engage in acts of psychic self-mutilation, that they kill off the emotional parts of themselves."
bell hooks

Ultimately the pieces are tragic, doomed interventions. Steeped in bathos, they say a big ‘fuck you’ to ‘the system’ whilst simultaneously accepting their impotence. Counter-cultural resistance is especially fragile/precarious because of the ease with which it will be reabsorbed into the dominant cultural narrative, leaving no trace of its critical intention eg a woman screaming at a sexual violation titillates the very men it intends to shame.

CV & Education

 

Saskia Takens-Milne

Born 1977, London, UK

 

EDUCATION

2006 Chelsea College of Art, London. PG Dip Fine Art.

2000 Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. BA(Hons) Fine Art – Photography.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2006    

Catherine, Miniature Mobile Gallery, London. (A portable gallery exhibiting art to  passengers on the London Underground. Conceived and curated by Soheila Sokhanvari)

2005

Absent, Stairwell Gallery, Angel, London.

2004    

Absent, Kingsgate Gallery, West Hampstead, London. Supported by Grants for the Arts (The Arts Council England) and London Borough of Camden.         

2003

Blue Elephant Theatre, Southwark, London. Supported by Grants for the Arts (The Arts Council England)

Start Gallery, Fulham, London.

2001

Retreat from Bouguereau, Quaker Gallery, Soho, London. Sponsored by Gordon’s Gin

2000

‘I Want a Twenty-Four-Hour Truce During Which There Is No Rape’, Quaker Gallery, Soho, London.

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS/SCREENINGS

2019          

35th Annual Open Exhibition. Southwark Park Galleries, London

2018          

Direct Input. Muddy Yard Space, London

Whitechapel Open - Digital Exhibit, Whitechapel Gallery, Whitechapel, London

2010

Fundada Artists’ Film Festival (FAFF), Square Chapel, Halifax, UK.

Brixton’s Smallest Cinema, Art in a Van, Brixton, London.

2009

Antimatter Film Festival, Victoria, BC, Canada. www.agit-prop.com

Vision in the Nunnery, The Nunnery, Bow, London

I To The Telescope, Deleadus, Clerkenwell, London.

2008    

First London International Creative Competition (LICC).

2006   

Growbag, The Art Pavilion, Mile End, London.

I’ll Show You Mine, Cheslea College of Art and Design, London.

2005    

The Figure and the Face, Orleans House Gallery, Richmond.

2004  

Art, Age and Gender (on tour) Usher Gallery, Lincoln, The Corn Exchange and New      Greenham Gallery, Newbury.

2003  

fEAST, Field Gallery, Brick Lane, London. Organised by Inside Arts.

2002   

Art, Age and Gender, Orleans House Gallery, Richmond.

Bread and Roses, London Road Gallery, Northwich.

1999   

Kilter, Disused Factory, Glasgow.

1998   

Newberry Gallery, Glasgow.

 

 

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2017   

Art Angel Everywhere. Long-listed Artist.

2009  

Artist in Residence. Artspace, Galway, Ireland.

2004   

Beck's Futures Nominee.

Artist in Residence, Greenbanks Elderly Care Facility.

2003   

Jerwood Platform. Nominee.

2000   

Jock McPhee prize for excellence in photography, Glasgow.