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Samatha Sweeting by Jareh Das
interview for BOMB
published 29 Jan 2014

"London-based artist Samantha Sweeting talks about giant dollhouses, her childhood abroad, and the 'wild' within all of us."


HAIR: Material / Subject
An Imaginary Exhibition Curated by Stephanie Wagner


I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel: Red triptych
SX70 Polaroids exhibited as part of Original Face
group photography exhibition curated by Won ho Lee
Beom-eo art street Gallery
Daegu, South Korea
11 - 30 November 2013


About Those Songs We Used To Play
a special new performance in collaboration with Theatre Stap, featuring Jan Goris, Els Laenen, Cathérine Springuel and Rik Van Raak.
Part of Warande Wonderland
Turnout, Belgium
14 September 2013

photo: Els Laenen, 5 years old.


Between April - July 2013, Samantha is Artist in Residence at the Spitalfields City Farm in London. Please visit her Encounters With Animals blog for more information.


Review of Conteuses by Joanna Coleman
in the June/July 2013 newsletter for the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy


(click image to enlarge)

Conteuses: An Evening with Kate Bernheimer
curated by Catriona McAra
hosted by Danielle Arnaud
with contributions from Samantha Sweeting and Tessa Farmer.
7 June 2013

"Fairy stories were bedtime stories, but they were also flushed secrets I thought only I knew. Their images filled me with rapture." - Bernheimer

Due to limited capacity, this evening is stricly by invitation only. Documentation will be made available after the event.


A History of the World
solo exhibition
Herrick Gallery, London
16 May - 2 June 2013

A History of the World is a Lilliputian dialogue drawing together the presentational languages of natural history and the museological in a miniature world of the souvenir.

It is a categorised assembly of the treasures and trinkets of a lifetime. This most personal collection of objects is punctuated by dolls house furniture, which lends giant scale to these tokens of absent bodies and experiences, whilst the recurring presence of nests, eggs and houses draws the object assembly into a naturalist reading of animal gestation and birth.

Through the devices of its presentation, these objects that constitute the creation myth of a single life give way to a history of the world.

text by Luke Rodilosso


The Room Downstairs
performance installation via a long distance telephone line.
Queer City Cinema
Performatorium - Festival of Queer Performance. This year's theme is on orality, the mouth, speaking, singing, language and listening.
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
10 - 12 January 2013


The Hearing Trumpet, with Lynn Lu
video screening
Intercept 7:7, curated by David Sanchez
Multiplexer, I520 Fremont Street; Las Vegas, NV USA
1 Nov - 28 Dec 2012

List of artists: Austin Dickson, Shannon Eakins, Margot Herster, Yasmina Chavez, Lynn Lu and Samantha Sweeting, Benjamin Poynter, Heather Younger.


5 Favorites: Tombstones as Art, Halloween Edition
Miss Havisham, Vol. 6 Issue 44, Oct. 29 - Nov. 4, 2012


Selection of SX70 Polaroids
2012 International Young Photographer's Exhibition
Heaven to Earth
Daegu Photo Biennale

Bongsan Culture Centre
Daegu, South Korea
10 - 28 October 2012


The Whiteness of the Whale

The Moby-Dick Big Read
curated by Philip Hoare and Angela Cockayne

A chapter a day for 135 days from 16 September 2012.

‘I have written a blasphemous book’, said Melville when his novel was first published in 1851, ‘and I feel as spotless as the lamb’. Deeply subversive, in almost every way imaginable, Moby-Dick is a virtual, alternative bible – and as such, ripe for reinterpretation in this new world of new media. Out of Dominion was born its bastard child – or perhaps its immaculate conception – the Moby-Dick Big Read: an online version of Melville’s magisterial tome: each of its 135 chapters read out aloud, by a mixture of the celebrated and the unknown, to be broadcast online, one new chapter each day, in a sequence of 135 downloads, publicly and freely accessible.

With artwork and readings by: Tilda Swinton, David Attenborough, John Waters, Susan Hiller, Matthew Barney, Anish Kapoor, and many others.


Exhibition Review: Alice in Wonderland at the Tate Liverpool
by Amelia Gregory
Amelia's Magazine

posted 23 November 2011


Through the Looking Glass: Samantha Sweeting
Filler Magazine, Canada, Vol. 2 Issue 4, Winter 2011


I Wonder What Inspries Samantha Sweeting

interview questions by primary school children
Wondermind, Tate, 3 Nov 2011


Run Rabbit, Run Rabbit, Run Run Run
looped video

Alice in Wonderland
curated by Christoph Benjamin Schulz and Gavin Delahunty, with the assistance of Eleanor Clayton

Tate Liverpool
4 November 2011 - 29 January 2012

Museo d'Arte Moderne e Contemporanae di Trento e Rovereto, Italy
25 February - 3 June 2012

Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany
20 June - 30 September 2012

An exhibition looking at the creation of the novels and the enduring influence that they continue to have on artists to this day.
Artists include: Julia Margaret Cameron, Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Anna Gaskell, Yayoi Kusama, René Magritte, Pipilotti Rist, Kiki Smith, Jan Svankmajer, Dorothea Tanning, Francesca Woodman, and others.



Run Rabbit, Run Rabbit, Run Run Run, video stills as illustrations alongside Carol Mavor's essay, 'Between Eating and Loving: An Alicious Annotated Fairy Tale', in Alice in Wonderland: Through the Visual Arts catalogue, Gavin Delahunty and Benjamin Schulz, eds (Tate Publishing), 2011.


Selection of SX70 Polaroids
Untitled (Atrocity Exhibitions)
curated by Jack Sargeant and Linsey Gosper
Alaska Projects, Sydney, Australia
22 - 27 August 2012

Drawing on the exploration of the eruption of repressed desires and polymorphic perversions into the everyday hinted at in J G Ballard's experimental novel The Atrocity Exhibition, from where the colloquial title is drawn, this collection of images explores the emergence of new manifestations of the psychosexual unconscious. In these works libidinal outpourings become manifests through unusual fetishes, unleashed urges and images of polymorphic sexuality, all emerging from the collusion of urban zones and economics, amputated urges and personal explorations of seduction and desire.

List of artists:
Romain Slocombe, Lydia Lunch, Tyler Hubby, Samantha Sweeting, Monte Cazazza, Usama Alshaibi, Linsey Gosper


Juliana Putt, 1852, 49 years
Herrick Gallery
private view 28 June, 6-9pm
exhibition continues 29 June - 12 August 2012

Herrick Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of artists' plates in an exciting variety of shapes, sizes & media transformed into unique artworks especially for the gallery's inaugural show.

Artists include:
Frida Alvinzi, Angela Cockayne, Adam Dant, Tessa Farmer, Bob & Roberta Smith, Gavin Turk, Raisa Veikkola, and others.


The Sanctuary of Tears
performance and video installation
Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
7-15 June 2012

The Sanctuary of Tears is a performance installation in which visitors are invited to share earthly sorrows with Samantha in an oversized doll's house puppet theatre. She soothes them with the milky tears of her breasts, as the silhouette of their confessions are cast in shadow on the walls of the house. A mechanical pump plays on endless loop as a white lamb suckles and the milks continues to fall.