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  • Cathays Park No 34, 2007
  • Cathays Park No 32, 2007
  • Mary Anne Street No 14, 2007
  • Fairoak Road No 13, 2007
  • Classroom, Laboral, Gijon Spain 2009
  • Hanging No 8 2008

Holly Davey

b. 1974, Thalwil, Switzerland
Lives and works in Cardiff, Wales

Cathays Park No 34, 2007
Cathays Park No 34, 2007

The performances of Holly Davey happen in her own home and very public spaces such as car parks, subways, cemeteries. These are presented to the viewer as photographs.

Often specific clothing is part of the performance, with Davey's pose and movement confined and built the shapes and structure of the landscape she finds herself in. Davey takes on mysterious personas, almost fairytale or child-like, struggling and frustrated within her character and location. The narrative in each image is incomplete and often surreal, the imagery a mix of careful composition and awkward pose. The viewfinder of the camera becomes a replacement for the dance studio mirror. Her impossible desire is to physically appear simultaneously on both sides of the camera, as rational image-maker recording a fictional version of her body embedded in reality.

Davey began as a dancer before training in Fine Art at Goldsmiths in 1998. Recent exhibitions include Lost From View at the Mission gallery, Swansea, A Third Is You at Theatre Mwldan and The Golden Record, curated by Mel Brimfield for The Collective gallery Edinburgh. She has recently completed a residency at Laboral, Gijon Spain which culminated in a seven day performance.

The artist was in the following exhibitions:
Innocence and despair
The Golden Record
Lost in Transit
This artist is featured in:
It Was Never Going To Be Straightforward

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