Cecilie works in installation and film with an experimental documentary method; drawing on real events and dialogues, interpreting and unfolding them in space. She engages intimately with objects and the spirits that inhabit them (found, ritual, historical or commodities) and has built a body of work that playfully critiques the western heritage industry.
Cecilie works closely with community groups and heritage professionals in exploring how art can propel critical thinking, and has been longstanding Honorary Research Associate at UCL Institute of Archaeology. Exhibitions and screenings include David Roberts Art Foundation, Camden Arts Centre, Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Centre and Shanghai Power Station of Art.
Work in public collections include Crafts Council UK and Museum Stavanger. Artist residencies include Centre for Critical Heritage Studies and Nœstved Print Studio for Artists.
Alongside her art practice, Cecilie curates, writes and produces work for artist studios and commissioners (click here for productions).
Contact: c (at) ceciliegravesen.com
Image: Cecilie Gravesen with Robin Stein, Pattern Language/The Superstore Ladies, 2019. Installation view at Billboard Istanbul 2020, shot by @zuhalkocan. For the project, female till operators from Tesco Superstore in Bow (along with other local community groups) were invited by Cecilie to select and arrange historical industrial patterns from London’s House Mill in a photo shoot done in collaboration with US photographer Robin Stein, and later had a loan-box of the objects named after them.
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