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P. Staff

b. 1987, Bognor Regis, U.K.; lives and works in Los Angeles, U.S.

P. Staff is a filmmaker, installation artist, and poet, who draws from a wide-ranging assortment of inspirations, materials, and settings, such as Achille Mbembe’s theory of necropolitics, affect theory, the transpoetics of writers such as Che Gossett and Eva Hayward, as well as their own studies in modern dance, astrology, and end of life care. In Staff’s interdisciplinary practice, these varying threads serve to emphasize the processes by which bodies – especially those of people who are queer, trans, or disabled – are interpreted, regulated, and disciplined in a rigorously controlled society. Staff interrogates notions of discipline, dissent, labour, and queer identity through a varied and interdisciplinary body of work. Drawing on a wide range of sources, Staff examines the ways in which history, technology, capitalism and the law have fundamentally transformed how we define and identify bodies today, with a particular focus on gender, debility and bio-politics.

P. Staff's recent exhibitions include In Ekstase, Kunsthalle Basel (2023); Impact Play, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (2023); The Milk of Dreams, Venice Biennale, Venice (2022); Recent Poems, yaby, Madrid (2021); HEVN, LUX, London (2021); Bodies of Water: 13th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai (2021); Stressed Herms Sweat and Period Gas, ICA Shanghai (2020); On Venus, Serpentine Galleries, London (2019); The Foundation, LUMA Westbau, Zürich; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee (2019); The Body Electric, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2019); i, i, i, i, i, i, i Kathy Acker, Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2019); Hatefull to the Stomach, Harmefull to the Braine, Commonwealth and Council, LA (2018); Weed Killer, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2017); Chewing Gum for the Social Body, The Tanks, Tate Modern, London (2012).

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