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Moyra Davey Exhibition

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What do you use When you Have no Paper to Scribble on?

To me, a pen and paper is like an extension of my arm so if I had no pieces of paper to scribble on I'd feel as though someone had ripped off an essential body part. I would have thought that an artist would feel the same way, but it appears that Moyra Davey thrives on the challenge.

The Canadian's latest exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre is called life without sheets of paper to be scribbled on is masterpiece. This obscure title is a paraphrase from Mad in Pursuit, a French novel by Violette Leduc, which is about obsession and infatuation. She takes the phrase as a way of objecting to the idea that a writer or artist has to perform in a certain kind of way, such as writing on paper.

Running until the 29th June, Davey's first piece is 'Subway Writers'. Davey took photographs of people on the subway, then stuck stamps to the pictures, and wrote the Camden Arts Centre's address on them. The photos were sent through the post to the gallery, and then hung up on the walls with all their stamps and scribblings in tact. Therefore, not only does it depict the journey of commuters, but also the artwork itself.

Alongside these is black and white photography of her sisters from the 1981, which she compares to Mary Wollstonecraft's daughters. She explores Wollstonecraft and other literary figures through four video works.

There are various events coinciding with the exhibition, including a reading group on the 14th May and 18th June. There will also be a discussion panel on the 14th June, and tour on the 29th June.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 29th June
Phone: 020 7472 5500
Where: Camden Arts Centre
Cost: Free
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