Byzantia Harlow's work investigates the intersection between true experience, constructed encounter and embellished recollection. Harlow’s long-term interest in alternative societies, groups exploring the spiritual or supernatural, and alternative healing practices inform her current work. For Harlow, every determination of an event is the balance between cynicism, or acceptance of the mystical. Recent projects have focused on re-enactments of a genuine encounters laced with fictitious elements. Centering on interchanges between true experience and embellished recollection, Harlow is interested in the gap between source and sample, re-assembling these fissures to create veneers of truth – where the effigies may have become more meaningful than the originals.
Byzantia Harlow (b. 1986) lives and works in London. Harlow received her MA Painting from The Royal College of Art, London and her BA (Hons) Fine Art from Central Saint Martins. Recent solo presentation of her work include: From the same source I have not taken, Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix, London (2018); From the same source I have not taken, The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich (2018); Duplicate (No one will drink the water of your well if you yourself do not drink it), Chalton Gallery, London (2017); and Polyester Breeze, The Telfer Gallery, Glasgow (2017). Recent group exhibitions include: Visions in the Nunnery (Melanie Manchot Programme), Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts, London (2018); Showcase, SPACE, London (2018); and Hummadruz, Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall (2018). Harlow also runs a monthly show on Soho Radio, ‘The Monthly Howl’.