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About

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Aphra Shemza is a London based media artist working with abstraction, interactivity and light. Seeking to express herself through radical new technologies, Shemza’s work explores the way in which we might use these tools to imagine what the role of art could be in the future.

The way in which the viewer responds to the work is key to how it is produced and it is through their presence that the works come to life creating active participation. In using these interactive devices Shemza’s work is accessible to everyone, no matter what their age, education or background.

Since graduating in 2012, Shemza has exhibited widely in and around the capital, often showing work with Lights of Soho and Kinetica Museum. Her work has been featured in a number of publications and press, most notably Tate Etc and Time Out. In 2016 she completed two public commissions: one for the Canary Wharf Group in One Canada Square, Canary Wharf and another Champagne Louis Roederer, which was exhibited in the Shangri’La Hotel, in the Shard, London until January 2017.

Selected CV

Exhibitions:

2017

Winter Lights, Canary Wharf, London, UK

Light Bites, Off Quay, London UK

2016

Seeing the Unseen, Four Corners Gallery, London, UK
Cannes Film Festival, premier of Neon Demon with Lights of Soho, Cannes, France
Lights of Soho at The Other Art Fair, London, UK
Chroma Red Edition, Safehouse 1, London, UK
Zealous X, Rich Mix, London, UK

2015

Gravity, Kinetica Museum at the Hospital Club, London, UK
Signs that Say What You Want Them to Say, Lights of Soho, London, UK
Art of Burning Man, Lights of Soho, London, UK
City Lights, Lights of Soho, London, UK
PHI, Squat the Sun, London, UK

2014

Cosmophilia, Print House, London, UK

2013

‘The Doors of Perception: The Thin Veil, Kinetica Art Fair 2013: Kinetica Museum, Feature Show, London, UK
Transition, Red Gallery, London, UK

2012

Kinetica Auction Exhibition, Mother, London, UK
RAW MMXII: Art and Design Degree Show 2012, The Truman Brewery, London, UK
The Final Broadcast, The Russet Gallery, London, UK

2011

The Laws of Nature, Subway Gallery, London, UK
New Matter, Red Gate Gallery, London, UK

2007

NADFAS exhibition, Thebes Gallery, Lewes, UK

Public Commissions:

2016
Heart Beats of Cristal, Louis Roederer, Shangri’La Hotel, The Shard, London, UK
Composition XV, Canary Wharf Group, Level 39, One Canada Square, London, UK

Awards:

2016
Shortlisted for the Blooom Award by Warsteiner
Finalist in the Zealous X Competition
Finalist in the Chroma Red Edition open Call

2015
Finalist in the Lights of Soho ‘Signs that Say What you Want Them to Say’ open call

2009
Student of the year at Chesterfield College

2007
Shortlisted for the NADFAS award

Publications:

2015
Published in Tate Etc Magazine, Autumn Edition
Composition XI, featured in GQ Magazine, October edition
Composition X featured in Time Out, October edition

Education

2009 – 2012
BA Hons Fine Art, Middlesex University, London, UK

2008 – 2009
Foundation Art, Chesterfield College, Chesterfield, UK