Abel Shah is an artist duo consisting of Alex Bell and Giulia Shah, both currently based in London.
Collaborating since 2016, we share similar interests in “authorship”, the (re)presentation of “things”, generation of knowledge and structures of power. We have been developing a dialogical approach to art making, and found that alternative ways of communicating, language, meaning and translation have since become a core subject within our practice.
Our work manifests itself into multi-media installations and series of works. By collecting and constructing objects, texts, image and sound, we try to obstruct notions of substance and confuse signs of hierarchy. The relationships between image/object, real/fake, virtual/physical, visible/hidden, written/oral are all important dualisms in our practice reflecting our approach to the ongoing exchange and opposition that exists when making art as a non-singular artist.
Continually questioning our entity as a duo and the need to shift the definitions of authorship and “the artist”, collaboration and disruption of a singular perspective is at the core of our approach. As a duo we are interested in the creation of alternative points of view and forms of communication, which we believe make up for more diversity and ways of understanding the world we live in.
Not only in our “studio” practice are we are extremely interested in finding forms of exchange; Since mid 2018 we have been running Residency 11:11 from our home in London which we see as a parallel to our practice and a direct reflection of our artistic ambitions to find alternative forms of “collaboration” and community.
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Inside Job, Tate Modern, London, September 2019
Pain after Pane, Art in Windows, Liverpool, August 2019
Speak Easy…, Florence Trust, London, July 2019
RUNG Issue #2, East Bristol Contemporary, Bristol, June 2019
Speak Easy… (Stretch), Horse Shed, www.horseshed.co.uk, May 2019
Winter Open, Florence Trust, London, February 2019
SCIENCE FACTION, Playground London, London, August 2018
Open Studios, HANGAR, Lisbon, April 2018,
De Fotokopie 6, Galerie Eenwerk, Amsterdam, December 2017
Faking Things, Cavalcanti, London, November 2017
Flavour Rainbow, Playground, London, May 2017
Raise All Spirits 2p…, Finsbury Park Conservative Members Club, London, April 2017
Apologia, Maverick Projects, London, March 2017
When Things Move, Chelsea College of Art, London, September 2016
Objects & Desire, Cookhouse Gallery, London, March 2016
Speak Easy... (On Paper), 2019, self-published
RUNG Issue #2, 2019, (group publication) published by East Bristol Contemporary
Science Faction 08.2018, 2018, self-published
The Real Deal, 2017, self-published
Residency 11:11, London, 2018 - ongoing
Talking With Your Mouth Full - performance and dinner series, various locations, 2018 - ongoing
Monthly open-call crit group for artists and writers, April - November 2018
Practice Makes Practice residency, The NewBridge Project, Newcastle, March 2020
Artist Studio Program 2018/19, Florence Trust, London, August 2018 - July 2019
Artist Residency, Palazzo Monti, Brescia, September 2018
International Residency Program, HANGAR, Lisbon, February - March 2018
⧉ 2012 - 2015 BA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL: University of the Arts, London, UK
⧉2015 - 2016 MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL: University of the Arts, London, UK
⧉2010 - 2014 BA Photography Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL