Marvin Gaye Chetwynd

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (b. 1973, London, England) lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.

Chetwynd is a British artist whose practice intertwines performance, sculpture, painting, installation and video. Her performances and videos harness elements of folk plays, street spectacles, literature and multiple other genres. They generally employ troupes of performers – friends and relatives of the artist – and feature handmade costumes and props. Through improvisatory, irreverent and carnivalesque dramas, she has ranged across a panoramic range of subjects.

Chetwynd studied Social Anthropology at University College London, England, before studying art at the Slade and the RCA, London, England. She has performed and exhibited internationally, and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2012 for ‘Odd Man Out’ at Sadie Coles HQ (restaged at Tate Britain, London, England from October 2012 to January 2013).

Other major performances include The Green Room, Nottingham Contemporary, England (2014); Home Made Tasers, New Museum, New York, USA (2011-12); Free Energy Workshop, Hayward Gallery, London, England (2011, part of British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet); A Tax Haven Run By Women, Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London, England (2010); The Snail Race, Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milan, Italy (2008).

Solo shows include: Studio Voltaire, London, England (2014); CCA Glasgow, Scotland (2014); Cricoteka: Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor, Poland (2014); and Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milan, Italy (2014); Nottingham Contemporary, England (2014); Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany (2012); Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2008); and Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland (2007).

Group shows include:  the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Goteborg, Sweden (2013); Performance Now: The First Decade of the New Century, various venues, USA (2012-14); and British Art Show 7: In the Days of the Comet, various UK venues (2010).

In 2007 a book was published on her performances by Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst. In the spring, her solo exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ coincided with the publication of two artist’s books, Some Canterbury Tales (Four Corners Press), and Bat Opera (Koenig Books / Sadie Coles HQ).

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