Bryan Giuseppi Rodriguez Cambana is Gasworks' Participation Artist in Residence and will be working to deliver a project with local communities through a series of workshops and events throughout 2022.
Gasworks Participatory Artists' Residency Programme is a ground-breaking programme funded by the City Bridge Trust, which aims to provide opportunities for artists and migrant communities in Lambeth and Southwark to work together on collaborative projects.
Through video installation, film and performance, Rodriguez Cambana explores the ‘theatre’ of interpreting, processing and tracing lived experience as a strategy to decipher Afro-diasporic histories. He proposes personal narratives that serve as a confessional language, which are then situated within actions or natural and fabricated environments.
His practice is centred on his communities’ dexterous recycling and occupation of places and territory, as a means to advance the formation of fugitive environments as stage-sets or scenes for scheming, demystifying and the possible development of something new. This generates a mystical play and performative gesture through which surroundings are in constant transition. His intention is to 'build worlds’ in which other worlds can be built, passages that embrace recurring/circular ends and push for continuation/praxis, reconciling an intimacy with death and a transient, cosmic existence.
Rodriguez Cambana's work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and festivals internationally, including the Festival of The New Latin American Cinema Havana, Cuba (2013); Performeando 2015 at Queens Museum, NYC; Encuentro XI, Hemispheric Institute at NYU, D.F, Mexico (2018), and 37th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel, Germany.
In 2018 Cambana was a recipient of the Engaging Artists Fellowship at More Art, NY, New York and presented Waiting for the Session to Begin, a Public Artwork, Coney Island, Brooklyn. He is currently the recipient of Goldsmiths ACME Studio Award. Cambana was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2021 exhibiting at First Site, Colchester and South London Gallery (2021).
Throughout Giuseppi's 8-month residency, he will be supported by Gasworks Participation Advisory Board.