Rachel Ara is a conceptual and data artist who explores the relationships between sex, gender, technology and systems of power. She graduated with a Fine Art degree from Goldsmiths College, London, where she won the prestigious Burston award. As a multi-disciplinary artist, she has a diverse skill set acquired from working 25 years in the tech industry to being a trained cabinet maker and combines them to make unique and often surprising installations and sculptures. The works are nonconformist with a socio-political edge that often incorporates humour and irony with feminist & queer concerns.
Selected groups exhibitions include: Vertiginous Data, MMCA (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art), Seoul, S.Korea (2019); London Design Festival, V&A, London (2019); Vienna Biennale, The MAK, Vienna (2019); London Open 2018 Triannual, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2018) . Solo presentations: “Dissent Module (Escape from Semiramis)”, UCL / Slade, London, UK (2020); “Transubstantiation of Knowledge”, V&A, London, UK (2018); “American Beauty (A Trump L’Oeil)”, Barbican Centre, London, UK (2018); . Recent prizes include: International Aesthetica Art Prize, First Prize (2016), the coLAB “Women Make Sculpture commission” and Awards from the Arts Council (2019 / 2020). Recent Publications: 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow, Thames & Hudson (2019), 50 Women Sculptors, Aurora, (2020).
Ara lives and works in London / Jersey.
This Much I’m Worth, Rachel Ara | Controlled Realities, Anise Gallery, 2017