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Limited edition books and prints from London-based artist Alexandra Davenport.
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Limited edition books and prints from London-based artist Alexandra Davenport.
Alexandra Davenport (b.1992) is an artist living and working in London. Signalling back to her history in dance, her practice uses performance, writing, moving image and the photographic as strategies to explore the ‘choreography’ of image-making. With a conflict between object and image — her work explores how these forms of making figure as sites of both theatre and violence.
She is a recent graduate of the MA Photography programme at The Royal College of Art, and also holds a BA (Hons) in Photography from London College of Communication.
Her work ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)' is currently on show at The Museum of London until 11 Nov 2018.

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Thanks everyone who came and celebrated the book on Thursday at @504arch ! If you were interested in purchasing a copy, it’s now up on my TicTail shop (link in bio). You’ll also receive a copy of the essay written by @melissafielding__ in response to the book, entitled: ‘The Unstable Image (The Unstable Woman).⠀
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“To be subversive, as a woman, is imbued with complexity. The word unstable denotes a mental condition; the silencing of women according to their over-emotional state has marred objectivity. Unstable, in etymological terms, means ‘liable to fall’. In Morphology of the Hit , Davenport begins with a personal story that seeks to explore how her embodied self is considered ‘unstable’ in both senses of the word. Her physicality is directly related to her ostensible instability. Her account is framed for her, in the grainy CCTV footage of an assault and the subsequent defence of her attacker. The dynamics of control are constantly in flux; controlling the narrative, in this context, is to control the perception of her body. It also calls into question who we choose to believe and how empathy functions when operating within the framework of social hierarchies. Body and behaviours are directly connected with who can be empathised with, and who is deemed credible.”
Tonight is the launch of my new book of essays @504arch 'To be confimed: exercises in self-doubt'. The book is an accumulation of 2 years work; writings on the body, (my body), image, gender, violence and empathy.
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My wonderful friend and incredible writer @melissafielding__ has written an essay in response to the book entitled 'The Unstable Image (The Unstable Woman): Notes on Alexandra Davenport’s To be confirmed: exercises in self-doubt.'
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Conclusively, Melissa writes: "Amid the present moment’s imperative but long overdue conversation, there is complexity in the way we choose to discuss these hierarchies of power. Davenport has too used the body as object, interrogating limbs and joints as tools in an unyielding desire of autonomy. But she seeks to take control by unpacking the structures that are always subtly present, reclaiming the body as object as a source of subversive power. What she offers, in this collection of essays, is a way of understanding that our own limitations are not definitive. Incoherence is not a flaw, hesitancy is not detrimental. Breaking down the ways in which we relate to one another in our movement and actions, she offers up her self, and her body, as medium."
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The full essay will be available this evening (it is really wonderful), and  if you’re lucky a cute envelope. .
Performance of 'Circuit Training (exercises in self-doubt) by myself and @ricecakeh at 8pm. 
See you x
My piece ‘Circuit Training (exercises in self-doubt)’ performed last night at @bowarts Frieze First Thursdays Performance Evening, as part of Visions in the Nunnery.
Thank you again @bowarts & @postcardwall x
📸 @eleonoraagostini & weird crops by yours truly.
#friezeweek

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