Points of Rupture 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 artist Phoebe Davies explores the physicality and personal narratives of communal and competitive spaces.
The exhibition takes its points of departure from Davies’s ongoing recovery from a ligament rupture whilst playing basketball and her work with a group of teenage female wrestlers from a club on the outskirts of Oslo. It features a new moving image work documenting day-to-day routines at the club, alongside combative and compassionate exchanges. Accompanying the film are a multichannel soundscape and installation employing sports aesthetics, 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. For the last year, a key focus of her practice has been working within community sports settings, researching athletic methodologies, coaching, and rehabilitation.
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