In Conversation: Silvia Rosi and Zak Ové

Artist Silvia Rosi discusses her commission for Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2020 with artist Zak Ové.

This In Conversation event series was developed in collaboration with the artists featured in the exhibition. This intimate series of conversations gives you a chance to meet the artists and guest speakers, providing an insight into the ideas and processes behind the works in the exhibition.

About the artist

Silvia Rosi (b.1992, Scandiano, Italy) is an Italian/Togolaise London based artist, working with photography and video to explore ideas of memory, migration and diaspora. She graduated from London College of Communication in 2016 with a BA (Hons) in Photography. Recent exhibitions include Presenting Cultural Connections,1:54 Art Fair, Somerset House (2019); Emergence, The Art Pavilion, Mile End (2016); Beyond the Camera, Pingyao International Photography Festival (2016); Black Blossom Exhibition – Highlighting the Voices of Black Women (2016). Silvia Rosi recently undertook a Thread residency in Senegal, which she spoke about at a talk for 1:54 A Contemporary African Art Fair. silviarosi.co.uk

About the artist’s guest

Zak Ové (b. 1966, London) lives and works in London and Gran Canaria and is a British/Caribbean artist with a multi-disciplinary practice across sculpture, film and photography. His work is informed in part through the history and lore carried through the African diaspora to the Caribbean, Britain and beyond with particular focus on traditions of masking and masquerade. He curated the major exhibition GET UP STAND UP NOW: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House, London, 2019. In November 2019 he presented a major installation of 40 sculptures The Invisible Man and The Masque of Blackness in the B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Garden at LACMA, Los Angeles, CA.