CANAL is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Polish performance artist Justyna Scheuring, who lives and works in London.
For Translators , Scheuring brings together professional signers and language translators to communicate with her audience through a multitude of voices, and to explore the professional and functional interaction between her performers.
Using the device of ‘translators’, Scheuring questions issues of identity in a context of personal trauma, the rise of nationalism in Europe, global migration and the experience of otherness.
Scheuring’s practice combines performance and installation. Performative events challenge preconceptions of participation in social events, whilst her own performances play with the relationship between matter, body, environment and words. Translators combines performance and a stage design which functions as an art installation.
Scheuring offers an ambitious show, supported by the Arts Council, and partly resulting from a collaboration with Bepartofit.org.uk, a voluntary organisation for reducing social exclusion for deaf and disabled people, as well as the artist’s personal experience as a Pole living in the UK.
Educated at the University of Arts, Poznan (MFA) and an MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths (2010), recent performances include Kings College Arts and Humanities Festival, SPILL live art festival, and SWAB International Contemporary Art Fair Barcelona. Scheuring has participated in numerous performance events throughout Europe and the UK.
“When I create a performance I see it as a sculpture communed by a space, the objects and people; and composed like a music piece or a poem – with respect to the time and rhythm.”