Lucy Beech

Artist in Residence (May 2020-Oct 2021)

Lucy Beech is an artist working in the field of video and performance. Her work explores the agency of reproductive relations, techniques of bodily control and entangled human and non-human bodily processes connected to reproductive technologies. During her time at the MPIWG Beech will work closely with Tamar Novick to build on her interest in the historic and contemporary uses of urine and bodily waste. Responding to conversations that take place in the working group The Body of Animals, Beech will develop a new video work that focuses on the symbolic power of genitalia and hormones in order to consider how animals shape meanings and contexts related to gender, sexuality and health.

Beech’s forthcoming and recent presentations include; Extra City Kunsthalle, Antwerp; Video Art at Midnight, Babylon Cinema, Berlin; Thailand Biennial; Krabi; Kunstverein Braunschweig; Tramway Glasgow, UK; The De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill, UK; Lafayette Anticipations, Paris (all 2018/19) Tate Britain (2017) and the Liverpool Biennial (2016). Beech is a lecturer at the Royal College of Art London and was awarded the Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists 2016 with her collaborator Edward Thomasson. Together they have exhibited in theatre and exhibition spaces including Maureen Paley, Frieze Live, London, Camden Arts Centre, The South London Gallery, Oxford Modern Art and the Barbican Theatre London.