While we belong to ourselves, a little bit of us belongs to everyone
15 February - 14 April 2018
Following a period of research with a diverse group of experts, including a clairvoyant, a writer, an impressionist, a cognitive anthropologist, a community psychologist, a neuroscientist and a tulpamancer, artist Caitlin Griffiths presents her new exhibition: While we belong to ourselves, a little bit of us belongs to everyone. Drawing from their knowledge and experience this exhibition investigates how we build our identities, navigate our wellbeing and relate to other people. A number of key themes are threaded throughout the work, as the artist explores the areas of romantic love, connection and healing.
Using performance, installation, photography and film, as well as text-based media, the artist exposes how our identity formation comes into being through a complex arrangement of social, emotional, cultural and political formations and asks if an increased understanding of how we build our identities can have a positive impact our well-being.
The artist would like to thank Andrew Lightheart, Andrew Lancaster, Carrie Kirkpatrick, Dr Daniel Fulton, Firiro, Grant Gillespie, Dr Nina Browne and Dr Samuel Veissière.
Watch the interview with the artist! -led by Quiet Down There
Artist Caitlin Griffiths talks to Quiet Down There about her 2018 Swiss Cottage Gallery exhibition 'While we belong to ourselves, a part of us belongs to everyone'.
Watch Caitlin's work 'Love Letters' here!
A woman opens a letter and reads it silently to herself. Then she stands and reads the letter to the camera. She is reading a love letter, written for her by the artist.
Watch Caitlin's work 'Love in Red & Blue' here!
Using the '36 questions to fall in love to’* as a starting point, the artist sought out someone with opposing political beliefs with which to try them out.
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About the artist
"I want something from you. I want to know where you are, how you got there, who you think you are and who you’d like to be. I collect pieces of people and build myself among them.”
Caitlin Griffiths is an artist working in video, text and performance. She gained her BA (Hons) in Fine Art from The University of Reading in 2001 and MPhil from The University of Birmingham in 2006. She is currently a lecturer for the BA (Hons) Photography and BA (Hons) Photography with Industry Placement at Salford University.
Born 1977, Birmingham. Lives and works in Birmingham and Manchester.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.