ARTIST'S STATEMENT ~ ANNIE ZAMERO
Annie Zamero is interested in conflict between Self and Other and how this leads to personal power.
Since 2013, Zamero has been developing the Warrior series, which is about conflict with Other and at the same time conflict with Self. Different aspects of being a warrior are considered, that is being defeated, wounded or victorious and the drama of conflict features regularly. Earlier works used hot colours to express the violence and heat of battle and are more suggestive of conflict with others. These developed into the use of cooler colours to express a more meditative, contemplative state where battles are more personal and spiritual. Further developments have involved the depiction of dance- like movement, some of which are suggestive of shamanic rituals where the individual enters a trance state to restore balance and mend the soul. The presence of a sword or weapon are a recurring feature, and are archaic symbols representing knowledge.
Zamero researches images of theatrical performers such as mime artists , Kabuki and Indian dancers. She also attends some live performances. Zamero then distorts the images and combines them with distortions of warrior images from tribes across the globe. Layers of textured paint are combined with pouring of liquefied paint to create accidental effects.
The imagery is abstracted as Zamero believes we engage with reality more sharply when confronted with distortions. She gets strength from these works to continue her own life struggle and it is as if the paintings become her personal allies.
From 2008 onwards, Zamero has developed the Satirical series which involves the idea of the political cartoon as a piece of fine art. Each painting is set in an art historical context depicting a politician or member of Royalty as a cartoon, posing as a figure from an Old Master painting, itself chosen to create humour about the person. This creates irony as Zamero likes to invest opposite values to those the Self believes it owns. The figures are selected because of their personal power and are often iconic.
Zamero believes a painting can be both challenging and comedic and asks us to consider how absurd a painting can be and yet still be 'serious'. She enjoys a sense of the ridiculous and strives for a convergence of gravitas and the cartoon. It was the desire to work on more archetypal figures rather than specific individuals that led Zamero to begin the Warrior series described below.
The Holocaust series was the earliest work Zamero created. It is about conflict between Other which in turn creates conflict within Self and within the family unit. Images of intimate family photos are imbued with tokens of horror. Since the concentration camps produced so many dead bodies, many were burnt, and hence Zamero has used photos, muslin etc which she has burnt in the oven or grill, as well as chemical affects suggesting burning. In contrast to working on the experience of total disempowerment via persecution and extermination, Zamero turned to investigating ways of representing public figures with personal power and this led to the Satirical series.
CURRICULUM VITAE ~ ANNIE ZAMERO
2017: 'I Think Therefore I Feel', The Magma Group, Arthouse1 Gallery, London SE1
Selected by Director Rebecca Fairman
2017: 'Spectrum', The Magma Group, TML Gallery, Holborn, London, WC1
Selected by Director Harry Triggs and curation team
2017: 'Remember Her', Tower Gallery, London E13
Selected by Rebecca Feiner, curator
2017: 'Cass Art Show', Cass Art Gallery, London N1
Selected by Charles Thomson, co-founder of The Stuckists
2016: Independent Liverpool Biennial, View Two Gallery, Liverpool.
Selected by Ken Martin, Director View Two Gallery and Charles Thomson
2016: 'Here Comes The Flood', Euroart Studios, London N15
Selected by Dr Daniel Barnes, philosopher and curator
2016: 'Sixty Open Call', Lubomirov Angus-Hughes, London E5
Selected by Directors Lubomirov Angus-Hughes Gallery
2016: Art Society Soho, 'Revolution Show', 'Black and White Show', 'HM90' Show'
The Black and White Building, London EC2
Selected by Martin Vintner-Jackson / selection committee Art Society Soho and Creative Debuts
2016: 'WeWork Space Launch', Medius House, Soho, London, W1
Selected by Natalia Tarson, Creative Director, WeWork Space
2015: 'Remodernising the Mainstream', University of Kent at Canterbury
Selected by Dr Ben Thomas, Senior Lecturer, History of Art and Charles Thomson
2014: 'The Instability of Being', The Magma Group, The Griffin Gallery, London W11
Group selected by Becca Pelly-Fry, Director and advisory panel of Griffin Gallery
2014: 'Speaker's Corner- New Voices in Hackney Art', BL-NK Space, London N1,
Selected by the Mayor of Hackney and Pete Bennett, artist/curator.(With Billy Childish, Sweet Toof,
Aly Helyer and David Smith)
2013: 'The Magma Group 2013 Show', The Vibe Gallery London SE16
Group selected by Mark Bean, Director Vibe Gallery
2012: The Other Art Fair, Ambika P3, Marylebone Road, London NW1.
Selected by Ian Rosenfeld, Director Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery; Francesca Gavin,
visual arts editor, Dazed and Confused; Edward Lucie-Smith, James Hopkins
2012: 'Elizabethan Avant-Garde' Bermondsey Project, London SE1,
Selected by Edward Lucie-Smith, art critic, and Charles Thomson.
2012: Affordable Art Exhibition Vol 4, The Vibe Gallery, London, SE16.
Selected by Mark Bean, Director Vibe Gallery.
2011: 'Connection Point London' Bermondsey Project, London SE1
Selected by Edward Lucie Smith and Max Presneill of the Torrence Art Museum,
2011: 'Enemies of Art', Lauderdale House, London N6
Selected by Charles Thomson and Edward Lucie-Smith
2010: Independent Liverpool Biennale, View Two Gallery, Liverpool
Selected by Ken Martin, Director View Two Gallery and Charles Thomson
2008: European Capital of Culture Festival, View Two Gallery, Liverpool.
Selected by Ken Martin, Director View Two Gallery
2013: 'Warriors and Allies' Burgh House Gallery, London NW3
2011: 'Politics and Royals' Lauderdale House, London N6
2009: 'Laughing States', Levitski Gallery, London E5
2007: 'Burning', The Salon des Arts, London, SW7
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017: Open Studios, Euroart, London N15
2016: 'Paperwork', Euroart Project Space, London
2016: 'Tribe 16' Festival, The Ugly Duck, 47-49 Tanner Street, London SE1
2016: 'Stuckist Astrology Show', Camden Square, London NW1
2016: 'Magma Unseen',The Montage Gallery, London SE23
2015: 'The Magma Group 2015 Show'
2014: 'Explorers and Inventors', The Trunk Space, Phoenix Arizona, USA
2012: Bow Arts Open, Bow Arts Trust, Bow Road London E3
2011: International Artspace, Adzac House Museum, PARIS
2010: 'Stuckist Remodernist Show' Lauderdale House, London N6
2010: Artspace Galleries, Maddox Street, London W1
2010: 'Under the Cover of Romantic Anonymity' Ash-In-Art Gallery, ATHENS
CURATOR FOR EXHIBITIONS
2017: 'I think therefore I feel', The Magma Group, Arthouse1 Gallery, London SE1
2015: 'The Magma Group Show 2015', Espacio Gallery, London E2
2014: 'The Instability of Being,' The Magma Group, The Griffin Gallery, London W11
2013: 'The Magma Group', Southwark Studios Project Space London SE1
2013: 'The Magma Group Show 2013' The Vibe Gallery, London SE16
2012: 'Fusion' The Magma Group, Apricot Gallery, The Rag Factory, London E1
2009: 'Stuck on Painting', West-Eleven Gallery, London W11
INTERVIEWS, TALKS, PERFORMANCES ETC
2017: Organised symposium 'I Think Therefore I Feel' at Arthouse1 Gallery, with Professor Michael Archer,
Dr Daniel Barnes and Anna McNay
2017: Invited as guest speaker 'Making Art from Images of Theatre and the Unconscious', Cass Art Gallery
2015: Initiated and organised guest curator and guided tours at Euroart Open Studios, London N15
2015: Invited as member Open Studio Team, Euroart, London N15
2015: Invited as artist member of Art Society Soho, London W1
2015: Interviewed by Jo Hodges, Creative Practice Director, School of Media, London
College Communication, UAL for PhD research 'Saatchi Artefacts and Stuckism'
2015: Interviewed by by Kala Bennu for Chrom-Art, London SE1
2014: Chairperson for Panel Discussion on 'The Role of Expression in Contemporary Art'
at the Griffin Gallery, with Ian Rosenfeld, Paul Carey-Kent and Nick Malone
2014: Talk 'From Politicians to Warriors', videoed by Charles Thomson
2013: Joint Organiser, Bermondsey Arts Festival
2012: Director/ performer in The Magma Group's Public Performance at The Other Art Fair
2012: Interviewed by Edward Lucie-Smith at Bermondsey Project, London SE1
2012: Talk at Parallax Art Fair:- "Forming an Artists' Collective", Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road, London SW3
2012: Director and performer in The Magma Group's Public Performance at Tate Modern (Video on YouTube)
2011: Founded The Magma Group (www.themagmagroup.co.uk)
Cameron Kerr, Art Agent, West Sussex, UK
Charles Thomson, co-founder of the Stuckist Art Movement
Dean Hall, Impasto Art Management, Clerkenwell, London
Elizabeth Layfield, Land Agents, Mayfair, London
Elsa Dax-Kerr, Paris
Robin Coates, London
Steve Abrahams, London
Tim Clarke, Morgan Stanley Bank, Hong Kong
AWARDS / PRIZES
1994: Bursary Award Byam Shaw School of Art for BA Fine Art
2014: Prizewinner 'Best Contemporary Artist'
'Master of Art International', Margarita Feaks Gallery, Norfolk
Anna McNay, 'I Think Therefore I Feel', Exhibition Catalogue, 2017
Rebecca Feiner, 'Remember Her', Exhibition Catalogue, 2017
Guy Pewsey, Robbie Griffiths, 'There Will Be No Revolution in East London', Evening Standard, Londoner's
Diary, November 14, 2016
Editor's Blog, 'Happy Birthday to HM Queen Elizabeth', Fuck Yeah Black Pens, May 3, 2016Bevis Hillier, Edward Lucie-Smith, Dr Grant Pooke, 'Remodernising the Mainstream', Exhibition Catalogue, 2015
Paul Carey-Kent, 'Magmatism, Quine and the Instability of Being', Exhibition Catalogue, 2014
Francis Lamb, 'A Restless Imagination', Exhibition Catalogue, 2014
'Billy Childish and Sweet Toof to exhibit at New Voices in Hackney Exhibition', East End Review, May 7, 2014
Anna McNay, 'A Heaven of Hell, A Hell of Heaven', The Espacio Gallery Catalogue, 2014
Anna Maria Pinaka, 'Expressing the Inexpressible of Selves and Others Through Conceptual Romanticism',
The Magma Group Exhibition Catalogue 2013
Anna Maria Pinaka, 'The Magma Group' Vibe Press Magazine 2013
Editor's Blog, 'Prepare to be Shocked.-The Stuckism Show at Bermondsey Project', Giddy Limits, October 7, 2012
Dr Chris Barlow, 'Proem:1819: Diatogue' Exhibition Catalogue, 2012
Dr Chris Barlow, Gayana Umerova, Parallax Art Fair Catalogue,2011
Cristina Pedreira, 'Connection Point London'
Dr Robert Janas, Edward Lucie-Smith, Charles Thomson, 'Enemies of Art' Victoria Press, 2011
Odysseus Yakoumakis, Exhibition Catalogue, published by Ash-in Art, May 2010
Charles Thomson, 'An Antidote to the Ghastly Turner Prize' Victoria Press, 2010
Dr Robert Janas, 'Stuckism International' Victoria Press, 2009
'Gallery 5 Exhibitions' Art in London Magazine, Spring 2009
Simon Wroe: 'You Can Go Stick It!' Islington Tribune, February 27, 2009