Artists’ Talk: on Precarious


6:00 - 7:15 pm

Art Exchange

admission free

6–7.15pm at Art Exchange

We are excited to be joined in-person by artists Elsa James, Rebecca Moss and Josh C Wright who will offer personal insights into their work on show in Precarious. Each artist will talk about their own artworks, before we open up for questions from the audience.

Chaired by Dr Matthew Bowman, with Q&A followed by a drinks reception.

Admission Free – no need to book

Artists’ Biographies

Elsa James

Elsa James is a British African-Caribbean artist and activist whose practice intervenes in the overlapping discourses of race, gender, diaspora, and belonging.

Her Black British identity ignites her collaborative, research based practice. Since 2018, she has established a body of work focused on disrupting the Essex identity and cultural stereotypes, as she demarcates a ‘Black space’ that shifts the pejorative nationwide perception held about the county of Essex and its people. For Precarious, we have dedicated our Project Space to the Black Interior, a series of prints which document the accounts of every day microaggressions experienced by four black men who share details of their lives in Essex.

Elsa James lives and works in Essex. She has exhibited widely, including Othered in a Region that has been historically Othered at Focal Point Gallery, Southend (2022), New Contemporaries, touring (2021) and in Superblack at Firstsite, Colchester (2019), an exhibition which she co-curated.

Rebecca Moss

Rebecca Moss’ practice explores an embodied and feminist relationship with landscape.

She draws on the idea of slapstick performance as subjectivity, transforming the way we relate to landscape as she emphasises a sense of reciprocity, that the landscape can act back upon us. We are not always in control. Rebecca’s work takes the form of site-responsive absurdist interventions that are documented as short videos. These can be thought of as precarious scenarios where an idea is earnestly played out to a point of futility, chaos or crisis.

Rebecca Moss lives and works in Essex. She has exhibited widely, including The Beano, Somerset House, London (2021) Survey II (Jerwood Space touring 2021-2021) and will be showcasing her work at Fruitmarket, Edinburgh in 2023. She is also working towards a solo show at Focal Point Gallery this summer.

Josh C Wright

Josh C Wright’s work explores the relationship between art and anxiety. He investigates urban issues seemingly beyond our control, such as high rents, debt and the changing role of the home, while recognising the mental and physical burden these external forces put upon us.

Josh C. Wright lives and works in London. He has exhibited widely including Hypha Presents at Hypha Studios Mayfair, London (2022) and Groundwork at Studio West, London (2022). He recently curated a group exhibition titled Lost in a Just-in-Time Supply Chain at Hypha Studios, London (2022).

Images of artists: courtesy of the artists