This September, LUX presents a solo exhibition by Kate Davis, featuring her recent Margaret Tait Award film, Charity, alongside related artworks and research materials. 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 us 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.
Working across a range of media, including film/video, drawing, printmaking, installation and bookworks, Kate Davis’ practice questions how historical narratives are produced and perpetuated. This has frequently involved probing the aesthetic and politics ambiguities of particular artworks, and specific historical moments, from a contemporary feminist perspective.
Davis has presented solo exhibitions at The Drawing Room, London; Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand; Temporary Gallery, Cologne; GoMA, Glasgow; Museo de la Ciudad and La Galeria de Comercio, Mexico; CCA, Glasgow (with Faith Wilding); Tate Britain, London and Kunsthalle Basel amongst others. Her current exhibition at Stills in Edinburgh, Nudes Never Wear Glasses, continues until 8 October.
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. Born in New Zealand, Davis lives and works in Glasgow.