CURRENT ISSUE | FALL 2017: THE IDEA OF HISTORY
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Corin Sworn

Corin Sworn

Born in London, England, in 1976. Lives and works in Glasgow.

Corin Sworn’s installations, drawings and films, which intertwine history and fiction, often address the recent past and our difficulty in comprehending it. In one body of work, Sworn offered drawings of late-1960s children’s playgrounds, suggesting how ideas of childhood, play, sculptural aesthetics and utopian ideals might shift and connect through different eras. In another exhibition, Sworn reproduced the initials and select forms of overlooked Irish designer Eileen Grey, pointing to the ways that gender and nationality affect creative recognition. Born in London, England, in 1976, Sworn was raised in Toronto. She studied psychology at the University of British Columbia and integrated media at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, earning her master’s at the Glasgow School of Art. Sworn has exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Britain and the Centre Pompidou, and her work has been collected by the Whitney Museum and the National Gallery of Canada, among other institutions. She was one of three artists shown at the Scottish Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale.

Photo of Corin Sworn’s “Prologue: Endless Renovation” exhibition at Washington Garcia Glasgow in 2010 by Malcolm Cochrane