Cécile B. Evans, Celia Hempton & Emily Whitebread
‘SOPHIA’ is a group exhibition of sculptures, paintings and animatronics by Cécile B. Evans, Celia Hempton and Emily Whitebread. A text composed from the artificial intelligence robot Sophia accompanied the show and informed the curation of works. Sophia was created by Hanson Robotics in collaboration with AI developers (including Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc and SingularityNET). The robot is a humanoid identifying as female and is the first robot to be granted citizenship in the world by Saudi Arabia. She has been video taped advocating the inevitable destruction of humanity.
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Cécile B. Evans (born 1983) is an American-Belgian artist living and working in London. Recent selected solo exhibitions include mumok Vienna (AT), Castello di Rivoli (IT), Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna (AT), Tate Liverpool (UK), Kunsthalle Aarhus (DK), M Museum Leuven (BE), and De Hallen Haarlem (NL). Her work has been included amongst others at Haus der Kunst (DE), Mito Art Tower (JP), Renaissance Society Chicago (US), the 7th International Moscow Biennale (RU), the 4th Ural Industrial Biennial (RU), Galerie Kamel Mennour (FR), and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen (DK), the 9th Berlin Biennale (DE), the 20th Sydney Biennale (AUS), Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (ES), and Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris (FR). Public collections include The Museum of Modern Art, New York (US), The Rubell Family Collection, Miami (US), Whitney Museum of American Art (US), De Haallen (NL), Castello di Rivoli, Turin (IT), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen (DK), and FRAC Auvergne (FR).
Celia Hempton (born Stroud UK) lives and works in London. Current and forthcoming exhibitions include Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, ICA Boston, USA, Kathy Acker: Who Wants to Be Human All the Time, Performance Space 122, New York, USA, Breach, Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Rome, Italy, LISTE Art Fair Basel with Southard Reid, London, UK, group show at Rupert, Vilnius, Lithuania, MADEMOISELLE, Centre Régional D’Art Contemporain Occitanie, Pyrénées-Méditerranée, France (2018). Selected solo exhibitions include Art Night with ICA, curated by Kathy Noble, London, UK, The Magazine Sessions in collaboration with Fiorucci Art Trust, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, UK, Celia Hempton, Michael Lett, Auckland, New Zealand (2016); Lupa, Galerie Sultana, Paris, France, FLY ASH, White Cubicle, The George & Dragon, London, UK (2015); Chat Random, Southard Reid, London, UK, Celia Hempton, Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Rome, Italy, performance and presentation of work made in Stromboli as part of Forget Amnesia curated by Milovan Farronato and Haroon Mirza, Fiorucci Trust, Stromboli, Italy (2014).
Emily Whitebread (born in London, UK) lives and works in London. Currently a researcher in residence at the Museo Leonora Carrington (San Luis Potosí, Mexico), and co-running Well Projects in Margate. Previous exhibitions include The Well, Open School East, Curated by Cédric Fauq (UK) 2017; Spelunking with Open School East, Turner Contemporary (UK) 2017; Margate Festival: Subterranean World, Open School East (UK) 2017; Open School East Takeover, William Morris Gallery (UK) 2017; Summer Exhibition, Florence Trust, Curated by Paul Bailey and Ashlee Conery (UK) 2017; Winter Open, Florence Trust, Curated by Paul Bailey (UK) 2016; unFOLD, Enclave, Curated by fourFOLD (UK) 2015; Artefact Expo: You Must Change Your Life, STUK, Curated by Hicham Khalidi (BE) 2015; The Royal Institute for Hydra Studies, GEMAK, Curated by Marie Jeanne (NL) 2014.