A little bit about us...
Abel Shah is an artist duo consisting of Alex Bell and Giulia Shah, both currently based in London.
Collaborating since 2016, we share similar interests in “authorship”, the (re)presentation of “things”, generation of knowledge and structures of power. We have been developing a dialogical approach to art making, and found that alternative ways of communicating, language, meaning and translation are the core subjects within our practice.
Our work manifests itself into multi-media installations and series of works. By collecting and constructing objects, texts, image and sound, we try to obstruct notions of substance and confuse signs of hierarchy. The relationships between image/object, real/fake, virtual/physical, visible/hidden, written/oral are all important dualisms in our practice reflecting our approach to the ongoing exchange and opposition that exists when making art as a non-singular artist.
Continually questioning our entity as a duo and the need to shift the definitions of authorship and “the artist”, collaboration and disruption of a singular perspective is at the core of our approach. As a duo we are interested in the creation of alternative points of view and forms of communication, which we believe make up for more diversity and ways of understanding the world we live in.
Not only in our “studio” practice are we are extremely interested in finding forms of exchange; Since mid 2018 we have been running Residency 11:11 from our home in London which we see as a parallel to our practice and a direct reflection of our artistic ambitions to find alternative forms of “collaboration” and community.
You can find our cv here.