Writer in Residence 2024
Daniella Valz Gen

Engaged with the realms of the symbolic, Daniella Valz Gen’s work channels poetic voice through an oracular practice, disrupting and queering forms of meaning making to challenge linear narratives. 

Throughout their residency, Daniella Valz Gen will be sharing iterations of their ongoing research project All tangled up with beasts through a series of expanded poetry, performances and texts.This project reclaims, reimagines and embodies mythological characters that have been othered, misunderstood or misrepresented.  

Process-led, Daniella Valz Gen’s work explores poetic experience through different forms of reading, writing, performing and making. They’re invested in a relational and responsive approach to land, place, and the other-than-human. Born in Peru and based in London, Valz Gen’s work highlights the interstices between languages, cultures and value systems as areas where potential new meanings can arise. 

(Be)longing (2019) realised site-specific landscape interventions examining migration and ecology in post Brexit Britain. In 2022 Valz Gen took part in the OrganizmoBloom residency, ‘Body, Weaving and Territory’ (British Council/European Alternatives) in an indigenous community in the Amazon, which gave space for an immersive process of evaluation of indigenous technologies, in relation to language, environment and craft. 

Valz Gen’s work has been shown at Glasgow International, SPILL Festival, Aichi Triennale, Gropius Bau among others. Subversive Economies, their first poetry collection, was published by PSS Press in 2018. Their writing has been featured in The Happy Hypocrite, Map Magazine, Salt, and others. 

Image: from (be)longing (2019) 35mm slide film. Photo: Rowan Powell

Daniella Valz Gen, Howl Sigh Sing, 2022

Q&A: Daniella Valz Gen

Curator: Public Programmes, Jane Scarth interviews Daniella Valz Gen about their work and plans for the residency.