Points of Rupture, opens at Site Gallery, Sheffield on Friday 21 February 2020. The exhibition explores tactility, training and the recovery of athletes engaged in contact sports. Based on research with coaches, athletes and medics, this new body of work by Phoebe Davies looks at the physicality and personal narratives of occupying communal and competitive spaces.
The exhibition takes its points of departure from Davies’ ongoing recovery from a ligament rupture whilst playing basketball parallel to her work with a group of teenage female wrestlers, training in a local club on the outskirts of Oslo. A new moving image work documents day-to-day routines at the club, alongside combative and compassionate exchanges. Accompanying the film are a multichannel soundscape and installation employing sports aesthetics, agility drills, plays and structures. This expansive sound work considers the limits of stamina, rest and physical and mental exhaustion.
Phoebe Davies often finds herself referencing and exploring collaborative models of working across different social and cultural sectors, be that strategies from methods of organic farming, feminist organising or speculative fiction. For the last year, a key focus of her practice has been working within community sports settings, researching athletic methodologies, coaching and rehabilitation.
The exhibition will be accompanied by an expansive public programme of talks, workshops and screenings to introduce people to working with sound, advocate for and introduce women to the benefits of contact-based sports, host discussions around barriers to sports access and connect with live performance in the gallery.
- Group listening session with Synaptic Island, a DJ collective for female, non-binary and trans identifying people (Thursday 12 March, 6pm)
- Introductory wrestling workshops led by two-time Female Freestyle Wrestling World Champion Ine Barlie and Norwegian Champion Sofia Aak (Saturday 28 March)
- Movement workshop led by artist duo Bhebhe&Davies exploring physicality and performance for camera. (Saturday 2 May, 11am)
This body of work began during an international residency programme at Praksis and has been supported by The Arts Council, Jerwood Arts, PRS Foundation, OCA Norway, Dana Høegh and Gerflor.