Stevie MacKinnon-Smith

Stevie MacKinnon-Smith

I have just completed a BA studying History of Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. My primary practice is writing which often centres around the phenomenological relationships between body and space. I am most interested in the ways that objects and spaces contain meaning and impress onto the bodies that inhabit them, and how this affects the kinds of relations between bodies that are able to occur here. I am interested in collective and communal responses to the ways of being that these spaces encourage, both on a political and personal level, and as such am most concerned with art that attempts to apprehend and alter these structures through processes of interruption and radical imagination. This kind of practice seems to have become increasingly relevant on a global level, and especially on a local level in the context of Wales and Welsh art. It has been interesting to consider these relationships as I have moved back and forth between London and my home town of Swansea, and this runs as a consistent theme throughout my work. 

Latest Posts

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Thinking about Théo Massoulier and Margaret Atwood. 

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Thinking about walking, through Koki Tanaka's Of Walking in Unknown. 

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Project

Considering the platform of the Venice Biennale and its significance for the international art world, I am interested in being able to take part in the processes of exchange that occur. As both Wales and Venice are such culturally and historically unique locations, I am excited to experience the ways in which relations between bodies, artists and communities happen. In my writing I hope to explore the ways in which these relations shape these spaces and how these spaces in turn shape such relations. With a distinct focus on lived experience, I hope to consider the histories already written into the landscape of Venice and the new narratives being created by bodies as they move through them. In my writing I often employ theory interwoven with fiction and para-fiction, and hope that this historically saturated site in Venice will provide a perfect environment for developing this method of practice further.