Whitney McVeigh

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Fellow in Creative Practice

London College of Fashion

Biography

Whitney McVeigh’s work explores the psychological and physical aspects that underlie and define us as humans. She has travelled extensively to carry out her practice and has held residencies in Mexico, India and China and more recently at the Nirox Foundation in South Africa. She has exhibited and lectured internationally including a solo show at London’s A Foundation and presentation of her work at Louise Bourgeois' Salon in New York. 

Solo exhibitions include Language of Memory at Summerhall Arts in Edinburgh (2015-16),  Inventory: Invisible Companion at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2015) and Contours, Hazard Gallery, Johannesburg (2016). Participation to group exhibitions include moving image for the Extinction Marathon, Serpentine Gallery (2014), Glass Stress, White Light/White Heat, 55th Venice Biennale (2013) and Book of Knowledge, Metamatic-Taf, Athens (2016). In 2009 McVeigh worked in film on a trip to Syria where she recorded Sight of Memory, exhibited Icastica Biennale (2013) and in 2012 travelled to Kyrgyzstan with the BBC to research and direct two short films about artists for televsion. She has taken part in international exhibitions such as David Krut Projects, New York (2011), Archaeology of Memory at Smac Gallery (2011) and 'Birth': Origins at the end of life at Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts, Japan (2015).

Research interests

Film, installation, cultural practice, cultural belief systems, archival material, collective identity, found objects, memory, the body

Research statement

Whitney McVeigh is working under an interdisciplinary area of research entitled Human Fabric. Human Fabric looks at collective identity linking common threads through land, our clothes, our everyday belongings and our philosophies. The research looks at the human being as vessel, container and carrier of stories and memories and celebrates our universality as humans.

Selected research outputs

  • Contours

    McVeigh, Whitney, Hazard Gallery, Johannesburg (2016) Contours. [Art/Design Item]

  • Paradoxal Stranger

    McVeigh, Whitney, Gallery MOMO Cape Town (2016) Paradoxal Stranger. [Show/Exhibition]

  • Culturelines Sans Frontières

    McVeigh, Whitney (2016) Culturelines Sans Frontières. [Show/Exhibition]

  • Language of Memory

    McVeigh, Whitney, Summerhall, Edinburgh (2015) Language of Memory. [Show/Exhibition]

  • Rocking History

    McVeigh, Whitney (2015) Rocking History. [Performance]

  • ‘Birth’: Origins at the end of life

    McVeigh, Whitney, St. Christopher's Hospice, London, Royal Academy of Arts, London, Pulse Films, London (2015) ‘Birth’: Origins at the end of life. [Show/Exhibition]

  • Inventory: Invisible Companion

    McVeigh, Whitney (2015) Inventory: Invisible Companion. Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge. [Art/Design Item]