April 2018 – December 2019
Artist and writer Every Ocean Hughes has been Camden Art Centre’s ‘Artist-at-large’ digital residency artist throughout 2018 and 2019. During this time Hughes has been developing a new body of research which they have been working over the last three year exploring the idea of ‘queer death’. Questioning notions of self-determination, mutual aid, the fantasy of continuity, finitude, accountability and end-of-life aesthetics, Hughes is using the histories of kinship and care within LGBTQ communities to explore what it means to survive and die on our planet in our current times.
With this residency, Hughes has produced a digital publication of an interview they conducted with filmmaker Barbara Hammer prior to their death earlier this year. This publication has been edited by Corrine Fitzpatrick and designed by Bryce Wilner and Matthew Wolff.
Every Ocean Hughes (formally known as Emily Roysdon) (b.1977) is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. Their recent projects take the form of performance, photography, installations, printmaking, text, video, and curating. Hughes was editor and co-founder of the queer feminist journal and artist collective, LTTR. Her many collaborations include lyric writing for The Knife, Colin Self, and JD Samson & MEN, and costume design for choreographers Levi Gonzalez, Vanessa Anspaugh, Faye Driscoll and the band Le Tigre. Recent performances and solo exhibitions include: Help the Dead (2019) at KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin and V-o-l-t, Bergen. Scenic, say, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon (2019), If Only a Wave, PARTICIPANT INC, New York (2015). She has been included in group shows at Museo Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2017); 11th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2016), the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014), Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden (2014), Biennale of Sydney (2014), Future Generation Art Prize at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013), and Whitney Biennial 2010, New York. Hughes is a 2019 – 2020 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.