2 Apr - 4 Jun

We are delighted to welcome back artist Maya Ramsay, winner of ‘EMERGENCY’ 2015, as she returns to Portsmouth with ‘Countless’, a solo show this April.

Ramsay makes work inspired by the subject of conflict. Using unique techniques, she lifts surfaces from sites of conflict, bringing the materiality of the subject closer to the viewer.

For ‘Countless’, Ramsay has made twenty-nine rubbings from the graves of migrants who died at sea whilst trying to reach Europe. The first recorded shipwreck of a migrant boat in Europe occurred twenty-nine years ago, in 1988.

The rubbings were taken from four cemeteries in Sicily. The majority of drowned migrants’ bodies remain unidentified and their graves are marked with a number instead of a name.

Ramsay said: “We are used to seeing images in the media of migrants’ bodies packed into boats and migrants’ bodies packed into body bags.

How many of us see those migrants as people, as individuals, rather than as bodies or as numbers? And what happens to the bodies of migrants who die at sea?”.

The exhibition includes photographic images and video footage from the cemeteries, as well as works from Ramsay’s ‘Wall Talk’ series. ‘Wall Talk’ is an ongoing project in which the artist has been using a unique process to lift surfaces from sites relating to conflict, for the past ten years. 

‘Wall Talk’ was awarded the London Group Solo Show Award (2013) and was shortlisted for the international Artraker Award (2014). Maya Ramsay completed her BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art & Design in 1998 and an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art in 2009.

The artist won ‘EMERGENCY’, our international open submission competition for artists, designers and makers in 2015. All submissions are viewed by a selection panel. Shortlisted artists work appears in a group show at Aspex and a winner is chosen to receive a monetary prize and a solo exhibition.

The open call for ‘EMERGENCY’ will launch soon. Details will be made available via our website.

You can see more of the artist's work here.

Related Events

Saturday 1 April, 4 - 6pm ‘Countless’ Preview

Join us to celebrate the opening of ‘Countless’ // (Free)

Thursday 20 April, 6pm #ThirdThursdays

Maya Ramsay will be discussing her exhibition ‘Countless’, the inspiration behind her work and her artistic process // (£3 per person)