Dear productivity, my life is more in doing less.

I have long-covid, which still continues since spring 2020, or the first wave.

Having ME/CFS already made me susceptible and, in the same (difficult) breath, made me already aware of the socio-politics of disability and chronic illness, particularly of the socio-medical abuse of post-viral conditions like this.

I already knew in advanced when long-covid came, that there is no stopping to recover, though for sure I know rest, because recovery to some kind of idealist ‘normal’ neither exists and neither comes. There is only new rhythms to sound out, finding new strategies of working and life, slowly carried in time in new ways. I develop my practice again differently, we evolve, and I have been re-shaping my ongoing phd thesis in this time, as a praxis part-time, and as an ongoing response.

A life with fatigue is in opposition to neoliberal capitalism. In failure there is woke. Fuck the omnipresent demand of productivity, it is ableist from its core.

The gaps on my cv since 2020 or so, are not holes but a language making a claim on contemporary art as the place that should be challenging the order that seeps all over, in brag culture and fomo-ing social media, the unsaid logic of visibility and presence, that which must be perpetually renewed, ever fresh, considered wilted as soon as a project has emerged. It is a life held under endless scroll. There are #millionsmissing. 

I want more in less.

2017 – current. AHRC funded PhD candidate, Art Dept, Goldsmith’s College, London UK
2008 – 2010 MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London, UK
2005 – 2008  BA (hons) Fine Art, University College Falmouth, UK

Awards / residencies
2021 Residency, virtual, SPACE, London
2021 DYCP Arts Council England
2020  Residency, Rupert, LT
2018  Shortlisted for Tenderflix moving image prize
2017  CHASE research funding, practice-based PhD
2014 – 2015 Sainsbury’s Scholarship, (1 year residency) British School at Rome, IT
2013  Atelier Salzamt Residency, Linz, AT
2010  New Contemporaries

Solo exhibitions
2018  Thinking-Feeling, Feeling-Thinking, Las Palmas Project, Lisbon, PT
2017  Soft Boundaries, The Gallery Apart, Rome, IT
2015  The Third Hand Prosthesis, Object A, Manchester, UK
          Being both on and within, as I said, The Gallery Apart, Rome, IT
2013  P.A.R.T.S, Coleman Project Space, London, UK
2011  Believing in Things, Van Horbourg Gallery, Basel, CH
         Sculptures. Schwartz Gallery Project Space, London, UK

Reading groups / Workshops / Lectures / Artist Talks
2020  (reading session) When the sick rule the post-covid world, Rupert, LT
2020 (workshop) rotating worlds by 90 degrees, thinking horizontal futures, Rupert, LT
2019 (artist talk) New York University, US (visiting London, UK)
2013 (artist talk) Emily Carr University, CA (visiting London, UK)

2020 Critical Studies Tutor, MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College
2017 – 2019. Critical Studies Tutor, BA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College
2015 – 2020 Visiting Tutor, BA Fine Art, Art University Bournemouth
2018 Visiting tutor / respondent, Central St Martin’s, London, UK
2013 – 2017. Visiting Tutor, BA Photography, University of Hertfordshire
2013 MFA respondent, Camberwell College of Art, London, UK

Selected group exhibitions
2021  Dimore (Dwelling), The Gallery Apart, Rome, IT
2020  Apophenia, curated by Las Palmas, Culturegest Lisbon & (2021) Fidelidade Art Porto, PT
2019  Collezione Valentini, Galleria D’Arte Contemporanea, Osvaldo Licini, Ascoli Piceno, IT
          Emergence, film screening program, Lewisham Art House, London, UK
          Some people believe the sun used to be yellow, Trafó, Budapest, HU
2018  Tenderflix, screening at The BFI, London, UK
          Soft House, ANGL collective, London, UK
          On Reflections, Agnes Varis Centre, New York, UK
          Dreamworks, curated by IKO, Limbo, Margate, UK
          British Summer Time (BST), Copperfield, London, UK
2017  Super Human Corporation, Space In Between – Online Project, London, UK
          Tropical Hangover, Tenderpixel, London, UK
          Public View, The Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK
2016  A Symptom of Objects, Supercollider, Blackpool, UK
          Film Screening, as part of Persistent States, Saarländische Galerie, Berlin, DE
         Say What? ASC Gallery, London, UK
         Left Hand to Back of Head, Object Held Against Right Thigh, The Blue Coat, Liverpool, UK
2015  The Place of the Scene, Bloc Projects, Sheffield
         Artissima, with The Gallery Apart, Turin, IT
         Mostra, The British School at Rome, IT
         Conversation Piece, Part 1, Fondazione Memmo, Rome, IT
         Artist Screenings, KARST, Plymouth, UK
2014  Image Object, Artuner.com (online) C(h)roma, Indiranagar, Bangalore, IN
         Digitalsmigital, Tenderbooks, London, UK
         Chronoviser: Archive, South Kiosk, London, UK
         Synchronise. Accelerate. Disperse. II, MJ Gallery, Geneva, CH
2013  The Starseed Transmission, Enclave Projects, London, UK
         Believing (in) Objects, 134 Middleton Road, London, UK
         Hack the Barbican, The Barbican, London, UK
         Systems Failure, The Contemporary, London, UK
         The Open Cube, The White Cube, London, UK
         Up the Trees, Vanhorbourg Gallery, Zurich, CH
         MC Live, Enclave Projects, London, UK & Vanhorbourg Gallery, Zurich, CH
2012  MC Launch, X Marks the Bokship, London, UK
         Cold Compress, Drei Gallery, Cologne, DE
         Fustration. 4 Minits / Flat Time House, London, UK
         Today the Collection is, Bethnal Green Library, London, UK
         Punctuating (duo show with Vera Kox), La Scatola Gallery, London, UK
         No More Icons, Rod Barton Gallery, London, UK
         Syndicate 1, Food Face projects, London, UK
2011  Powerless Structures, Schwartz Gallery, London, UK
         P 9, Null and Void, London, UK
         I Pity Inanimate Objects, Goldstein Galleries, London, UK
         In Search of Alchemic Times, (site specific exhibition curated by Cecilia Wee), London, UK
         Know How, Campbell Works, London, UK
         SAGS. The Woodmill, London, UK
         Site of Flesh and Stone, Çağdaş Galeri, Istanbul, TR
         On The Brink, SW1 Gallery, London, UK
2010  New Contemporaries, The ICA & The A Foundation, London & Liverpool, UK
         To Look is to Labour, Laden Fuer Nichts, Leipzig, Germany
         Say What, What Way, Shop@34, London, UK
         Pause and Eject, Shoreditch Town Hall & Rag Factory, London, UK
2009  Off Modern, Corsica Studios, London, UK

2016  Misery Connoisseur Magazine (MC) – founder & editor (curatorial project/artist group)
2014  Tenderbooks – founder, curator, manager (venue for artist publications, research & events)

2018  On Field Review, (Article) Thinking Football, published by Limbo, Limbo, London, UK
2015  Being both on and within, as I said – artist book published by The Gallery Apart, Rome, IT
2014  Digitalsmigital: The fluidity of formats between publications and the screen,
          – Interviewer and essay contribution, published by Tenderbooks, London, UK
2014  Sci-Fi Paganism – creative text contribution, published by Enclave Projects, London, UK
2013  Misery Connoisseur Issue 2, London, UK (editor)
2012  Misery Connoisseur Issue 1, London, UK (editor)

Selected press

ATP – atpdiary.com/rowena-harris-the-gallery-apart-rome/
Cura Magazine online – curamagazine.com/?p=21300
AQNB – aqnb.com/2015/09/24/rowena-harris-being-both-on-and-within-2015-exhibition-photos/
Nuclear Art Zine online – nucleoartzine.com/rowena-harris/
Interview. In conversation with Kirsty Ogg – artuner.com/insight/rowena-harris-conversation-kirsty-ogg/