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About

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Artist Statement

Aphra Shemza is a London based new media artist working with abstraction, interactivity and light. Exploring New Modernism in the 21st Century, Shemza’s work is multidisciplinary making reference to Modernism with a renewed optimism.

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.

Selected CV

Exhibitions:

2017

Illusions, Menier Gallery, London, UK

It’s Art Call 2017, D Contemporary, London, UK

Xi’an Maker Faire, Xi’an, China (with support from the British Council and Maker Faire Xi’an)

EVA, British Computer Society, London, UK

Love Scenes, Lights of Soho, London, UK

The Engine Room: International Sound Art Exhibition, Morley College Gallery, London, UK

Illuminating Geometry, Gallery 286, London, UK

The Other Art Fair, Victoria House, London UK

Light Bites, Off Quay, London UK

Winter Lights, Canary Wharf, London, UK

2016

Heart Beats of Cristal, Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard, London, UK

Seeing the Unseen, Four Corners Gallery, London, UK
Cannes Film Festival, premier of Neon Demon with Lights of Soho, Cannes, France

Selected Works, Level 39, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, UK
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

Awards:

2017
Finalist for the Artists’ Pool Illusions open call

Finalist in the Its Art Call 2017 open call

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

Public Commissions:

2017

Post Truth and Beauty, in collaboration with Tim Murray-Browne, commissioned on the occasion of The Engine Room: International Sound Art Exhibition, Morley College, London, UK.

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

Talks:

2017

Artist Talk, ARUP, London, UK, 27th July

Artist Talk, Anwar Jalal Shemza and I, Courtuald Institute, London, UK, 20th July

Talk, Public Interactive Art: Environmental Challenges, EVA Research Workshop, British Computer Society, 11th July

Artist Panel, Zealous X Meetup, Waterstones, London, UK, 1st June

Artist Talk and Host, Public Media Art, FLUX event, Lights of Soho, London, UK, 31st May

Artist Talk, WITCiH Salon, The Bargehouse, London, UK, 10th May

Artist Talk, Illuminating Geometry, Be Smart About Art, Gallery 286, London, UK, 28th April

2016

Artist Talk and Host, Light, FLUX event, Lights of Soho, London, UK, 21st November

Speech at the Louis Roederer launch of Cristal 2009 and revealing of the commission Heart Beats of Cristal, Shangri-La Hotel, London, UK, 11th October

Panel Discussion, Anwar Shemza, Tate Modern, London, UK, 11th March

2015

Artist Talk, ‘Graduates in Art’ talk with Aphra Shemza and Sarah Barnes, No-one Artist, Lights of Soho, London, UK, 13th July

Academic Papers:

2017

Shemza, A., ‘Public Interactive Art: Environmental Challenges,’ in P.Bowen, J, Diprose, G & Lambert, N (eds), EVA London 2017, British Computer Society, London, 2017, pp. 91-93. (Link)

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