at home: Artists in Conversation | Anthea Hamilton
April 28, 2023
Anthea Hamilton in conversation with Sally Tallant, president and executive director, Queens Museum, Queens, NY
About Anthea Hamilton
Born in 1978 in London, Hamilton is a British artist known for creating large-scale installations and surreal artworks. She graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2000 and the Royal College of Art, London, in 2005. Her practice encompasses film, installation, performance, and sculpture, and her work is frequently site-specific. Hamilton’s approach combines archival study, popular culture, and scientific research with resonant images and objects in unusual and surreal ways. Her installations engage visitors with imagined narratives that incorporate references from art, cinema, design, and fashion. Conversation and collaboration are also key to the way she works. In 2016 Hamilton was short-listed for the Turner Prize for Project for Door (2015). In 2017 she became the first Black woman to be awarded a commission to create a work for Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries.
Recent solo exhibitions include Mash Up, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (2022); Primetime, a commission by Hayward Gallery, London, England (2022); Cold Cold Heart, kaufmann repetto, Milan (2022); The New Life, Secession, Vienna, Austria (2018); The Squash, Tate Britain, London, England (2018); Anthea Hamilton Reimagines Kettle’s Yard, Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, England (2017); Lichen! Libido! Chastity!, SculptureCenter, New York NY (2015); Kabuki, The Tanks, Tate Modern, London, England (2012); Gymnasium, Chisenhale Gallery, London, England (2008). Her work has been presented as part of the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019, the British Art Show 8 (touring), the 13th Lyon Biennale, and the 10th Gwangju Biennale.
Hamilton’s work has been exhibited in group exhibitions around the world and her work is in major collections including the British Council Collection; the Government Art Collection, London; the Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris; The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, England; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp. She lives and works in London.