Artworks by Daniel Baker, Tereza Buskova, Alicja Rogalska, Brendan Jackson and General Public.
The billboard will be appearing at exhibitions, events and popping up across Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Birmingham and the Black Country during 2016 and 2017.
Alicja Rogalska is an artist based in London and Warsaw. Her practice is interdisciplinary and encompasses both research and production with a focus on social structures and the political subtext of the everyday. She mostly works in context on projects that involve collaboration and creating situations. She graduated with an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London and an MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Warsaw. Recent exhibitions and projects include: Rehearsal, National Museum (Krakow, 2015), No Need For References, Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Vienna, 2015), Critical Juncture, Kochi Muziris Biennale (Kochi, 2014), Your City Is a Battleground, Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw, 2014), A Museum of Immortality, Ashkal Alwan (Beirut, 2014), Dreamed Revolution, Muzeum Sztuki (Lodz, 2014), Tear Dealer, Rewiry (Lublin, 2014), IMS, Flat Time House (London, 2013), Melancholy In Progress, Hong-Gah Museum (Taipei, 2012), To Look is to Labour, Laden Für Nichts (Leipzig, 2010) and No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern (London, 2010).
Brendan Jackson trained in visual communication, holding a Fellowship in Photography at the Photographic Gallery, Southampton University, and was part of the development of the John Hansard Gallery there. Since that time his interest has been in collaborative projects where his expertise intersects with photography and film, community arts and hidden histories, writing and mixed-media. He has undertaken significant projects in the museums and heritage sector, bringing together different voices, experiences and perspectives. For the past decade, much of his work has been in Eastern Europe, and he is currently developing projects in Georgia in the Caucasus.
Dr Daniel Baker is a Romani Gypsy. An artist, curator and theorist, he holds a PhD on the subject of Gypsy Aesthetics from the Royal College of Art, London. Baker acted as exhibitor and advisor to the first and second Roma Pavilions; Paradise Lost and Call the Witness at the 52nd and 54th Venice Biennales respectively. Baker’s art and writing examines the role of art in the enactment of social agency. Recent publications include We Roma: A Critical Reader in Contemporary art 2013 and Ex Libris 2009. Baker’s work is exhibited internationally. His work can be found in collections across Europe, America, and Asia. Former Chair of the Gypsy Council (2006-9), Baker currently lives and works in London, UK.
Tereza Buskova (born in Prague in 1978) is a Czech artist who lives in Birmingham with her young family. She celebrates and reinterprets long-established customs through performance, print and video. Her work is not built on existing facts of past folk practices alone – it is a personalised exploration of the feelings and fantasies bound up in our rich festive celebrations. Her performances depict an improvised portrait of rites of passage, which reflect not only the change of season, but also sexuality, fertility and the powers of rural mythology. She completed her Fine Art Printmaking MA at the Royal College of Art in 2007. Since her graduation from the RCA, Buskova has been exhibited by David Roberts (Rituals, 2008), Anita Zabludowicz (A Tradition I Do Not Mean To Break, 2009) and the Newlyn Art Gallery (Rituals Are Tellers Of Us, 2013). She has exhibited, performed and lectured in a broad range of different spaces including Lincoln’s Chambers Farm Wood (2010), Islington High Street (2012), Kunstnernes Hus Oslo (2014) and the Whitechapel Gallery in London (2015). Buskova is currently working towards her new work Clipping the Church (2016), supported by Arts Council England and the Czech Centre London.