Charity, LUX, London

Preview: Sunday 17 September, 2pm – 5pm

Exhibition Dates: 20 September – 28 October 2017

LUX presents a solo exhibition by Kate Davis featuring her new film, Charity (2017), commissioned as part of the Margaret Tait Award, Scotland’s most prestigious moving image prize for artists. This will be the first gallery presentation of Charity outwith Scotland and the first exhibition of Davis’ work in London since 2012.

Working across a range of media, including film and video, drawing, printmaking, installation and bookworks, Davis questions how historical narratives are produced and perpetuated. This has often involved probing the aesthetic and political ambiguities of particular artworks and specific historical moments from a contemporary feminist perspective.

Commissioned by LUX and Glasgow Film Festival in 2016, Charity was inspired by the ways in which the work of film-maker, poet and artist Margaret Tait, invites the viewer to contemplate fundamental emotions and everyday activities that are often overlooked. Taking artistic representations of breastfeeding as its focus, the film explores how the essential – but largely invisible and unpaid – processes we employ to care for others could be re-imagined.

Charity is shown alongside related artworks, bookworks, research materials and a selection of films and videos from the LUX and Cinenova collections.

A newly commissioned text by writer and lecturer Amy Tobin was published for the exhibition and is available here.

A limited edition print ‘Charity’ (pictured above) has been produced specially for LUX and published by Holding Page. Further information here.

The exhibition is presented with LUX Scotland and is curated by Nicole Yip, Director of LUX Scotland.

Kate Davis (b. 1977, New Zealand) lives and works in Glasgow. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand (2016); Temporary Gallery, Cologne (2013); The Drawing Room, London (2012); Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2011); Galerie Kamm, Berlin (2011/ 2007), Museo de la Ciudad and La Galeria de Comercio, Mexico (2010); CCA, Glasgow (with Faith Wilding) (2010); Tate Britain, London (2007), Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow (2008/ 2004) and Kunsthalle Basel (2007) amongst others. Her current exhibition at Stills in Edinburgh, Nudes Never Wear Glasses, continues until 8 October.

Davis’ work has also featured in major survey exhibitions and film festivals, including Cinenova Presents Now Showing, LUX Cornwall, St Ives (2015); International Film Festival Rotterdam (2015); GENERATION: 25 years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2014); For Each Gesture Another Character (curated by Kasia Redzisz), Art Stations Foundation, Poznan, Poland (2014); Art Under Attack, Tate Britain (2013); Olinka or Where Movement is Created (curated by Adam Szymczyk), Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City (2012); eva International (curated by Annie Fletcher), Limerick (2012) and Art Sheffield 10 (with Jimmy Robert and curated by Frederique Bergholtz) (2010). Davis was the 2016 recipient of the Margaret Tait Award and in 2014 took part in LUX Scotland and BBC Scotland’s Artists and Archive residency and commission programme.