Bethan Hughes

Artist and researcher working with installation, animation, sculpture, print and text to explore transformation; from the biological and bodily to the technological, commercial and industrial.


Studio:
Gebaüde 60,
Wilhelminenhofstr. 83-85,
12459 Berlin


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03.02.2022/18:30, Bucharest
Zoom Talk
To accompany the group exhibition, Staycation

08. - 12.21, Berlin
Draußenstadt Funding
Film project about the High Deck Siedlung with Alina Schmuch

09. - 12.21, Berlin
Research Scholarship
To support research phase of Hevea Act 4/5 at the Topography of Terror Documentation Centre, Berlin, The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, and the Institute for Biology and Biotechnology of Plants, University of Münster

16. - 23.07.21, Bucharest
Staycation Residency
Hosted by Catinca Tabacaru Gallery and Sandwich Gallery alongside the artists Barbara Lüdde, Lera Kelemen, Catinca Malaimare, Yen Chun Lin, Isabella Fürnkäs, Lexia Hachtmann, Ioana Stanca, Ana Pascu and Ana-Maria Stefan

01. - 12.2021, Berlin
Goldrausch 2021 Scholarship
Programme for women artists with Mouna Abo Assali, Irma Blumstock, Veruschka Bohn, Ahu Dural, Dora Durkesac, Irene Fernández Arcas, Lexia Hachtmann, Heyon Han, Barbara Lüdde, Rachel Monosov, Ingrid Ogenstedt, Nnenna Onuoha, Anna Slobodnik, Hana Yoo

02. - 04.2021, Berlin
Workplace Scholarship
Space to work on the project Hevea at feldfünf e.V.

2019 - 20, Braunschweig
BS Projects Fellowship
With Sajan Mani, Ho Sanggeun, Alina Schmuch, FRAUD

Bethan Hughes

Artist and researcher working with installation, animation, sculpture, print and text to explore transformation, material and immaterial; from the biological and bodily to the technological, commercial and industrial.

Studio:
Gebaüde 60,
Wilhelminenhofstraße 83-85,
12459 Berlin.

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Hevea, 2021

Catalogue published as part of Goldrausch 2021. Design by Alina Schmuch. Essay by Kassandra Nakas:

“Hevea ist spekulativ, weil Bethan Hughes neben den Objekten auch die Bilder unserer Gegenwart in den Blick nimmt: computergenerierte Bildwelten, die in ihrer permanenren Verformbarkeit ein unerwartetes visuelles Echo der geschmeidigen Plastizität des allgegenärtigen Gummis sind.” 
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"Hevea is speculative because Bethan Hughes focuses not only on objects but also on the images of our present: computer-generated visual worlds whose permanent malleability is an unexpected visual echo of the supple plasticity of the ubiquitous material rubber."
Hevea Act 3: Before the Blight Hit, 2021

Latex, steel, hardware, mouth-blown coloured glass panes, screenprint on Kozo paper, each 58 x 84 cm.

In Hevea Act 3: Before the Blight Hit a reworked, archival panorama of Henry Ford’s failed neocolonial rubber plantation, Fordlândia, is presented alongside the resource Ford desired to extract from the Amazon, a latex curtain sculpture that partially obscures and partially reveals the image that lies behind it.

First presented as part of the exhibition Mutual Matters: Goldrausch 2021 at the Fahrbereitschaft / Haubrock Foundation, Berlin-Lichtenberg, November 2021.

Images: Linus Muellerschön
Hevea Act 3: Before the Blight Hit (Publication), 2021

1 colour risograph print, edition of 100. 

The publication which accompanies the installation Hevea Act 3: Before the Blight Hit. The front and back covers feature a digitally manipulated rendering of comic book images from Marsupilami Vol. 6: Fordlândia, first printed in 1991.

First presented as part of the exhibition Mutual Matters: Goldrausch 2021 at the Fahrbereitschaft / Haubrock Foundation, Berlin-Lichtenberg, November 2021.
Văcărești (Us) / Văcărești (You & I), 2021

Steel, mouthblown coloured glass, custom steel frames,  each 48 x 33 cm

“In the feverish yellow flush of summer the urban delta offers itself as a zone of protection, an unanticipated space of safety for not only plant bodies but human bodies too. Embraced by the ring of concrete and steel which marks the perimeter, thirteen women carefully pick a path through the dense vegetation. Arriving at the centre, one by one they climb a wooden watchtower before coming to rest on a platform high above the water, reeds, and mud below. Here they sit, silently, and listen; to the wind and to one another.” 

Developed out of the residency, Staycation, which took place in Bucharest in the summer of 2021; presented as part of the group exhibition Staycation organised and curated by Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, Sandwich Gallery and CTG Collective.
Hevea Act 2: Devil’s Milk, 2021

Latex, framed works, each 42 x 60 cm, animation 06:00. 

A site-specific installation at Centrum that interweaves research into the histories and plant-based origins of natural rubber with the manifold cultural roles it inhabits as a material of ritual and transformation. Temporary sculptures, animation and text are used to tell the story of how latex rubber and humanity are intimately intertwined, tapping into a broader narrative of how people manipulate, abstract and are ultimately tethered to the natural world.