Max Mara Art Prize for Women: Corin Sworn

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    Installation view at Whitechapel Gallery, London, May 2015 Photo: Stephen White Courtesy Whitechapel Gallery

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    Installation view at Whitechapel Gallery, London, May 2015 Photo: Stephen White Courtesy Whitechapel Gallery

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    Installation view at Whitechapel Gallery, London, May 2015 Photo: Stephen White Courtesy Whitechapel Gallery

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Curator's Tour: Max Mara Art Prize for Women: Corin Sworn

Daniel Herrmann, Eisler Curator and Head of Curatorial Studies at the Whitechapel Gallery, introduces artist Corin Sworn, winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in collaboration with the Whitechapel Gallery.

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Corin Sworn: Silent Sticks catalogue

This publication coincides with her installation Silent Sticks, inspired by characters and tales of mistaken identity from the Italian Commedia dell’Arte.

Corin Sworn, winner of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2013- 2015, creates a new large-scale installation Silent Sticks (2015), for the fifth edition of the Prize. The work, a result of Sworn’s 4 month Italian residency, is inspired by the characters and tales of mistaken identity from the Italian Commedia dell’Arte theatre.  These improvised plays, performed by touring troupes, originated in Italy from the 16th century and influenced Shakespeare and artists from Goya to Picasso.  The installation features a dramatic stage set with props, costumes, sound and film: performative and theatrical devices, which retell an infamous story of deception and imposture.

Corin Sworn (b. 1976) lives and works in Glasgow. She studied a BA in Psychology at University of British Columbia, Vancouver; a BFA at the Institute of Art & Design, Vancouver and an MFA at The Glasgow School of Art.  Sworn creates films and installations deeply rooted in research, weaving together history with memories and fragments of true and imagined stories. Recent exhibitions include: a solo exhibition at Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2014), 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014),  The Rag Papers at Chisenhale Gallery (2013), Art Now: Corin Sworn at Tate Britain (2011)and The Foxes (2012) was exhibited at the 55th Venice Biennale.

The Max Mara Art Prize for Women, is a biannual award established in 2005 to promote and support women artists in the UK. Previous winners include Turner Prize winner Laure Prouvost (2011-2013). For this, the fifth edition of the Prize, the judging panel included: Whitechapel Gallery Director Iwona Blazwick, artist Runa Islam, gallerist Pilar Corrias, collector Candida Gertler and curator Lisa Le Feuvre.

The exhibition continues to Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia on 3 October 2015

Supported by Max Mara and Collezione Maramotti


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For further information about the Max Mara Art Prize for Women, please contact Bryony Harris, Assistant Curator: Special Projects.

Read the exhibition Press Release here.

Large print labels and interpretation available here.


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