Joyce Treasure is a Birmingham-based multidisciplinary artist of English and Jamaican descent who draws on her mixed heritage to explore feelings of loss, absence, omission, presence, memory, recovery, and exchange. In 2012, she began to practice as a multidisciplinary artist working in layers and body forms to slice cultural and iconic imagery together using collage, print, acrylic, assemblage and film around the topic of identity. She employs notions of ‘the carnivalesque’, feminism and decolonial thought to question colonialism, which seeks to examine ideas of dominance and power and celebrate culture.
Her current work seeks to interrogate colonial histories of trauma, resistance and survival to analyse parallels between different sites and locations using decolonial reasoning. She is interested in the intergenerational transmission of trauma as a site for healing and well-being.
Screening and exhibitions include ICA, Portobello Film Festival, Himalaya Palace, The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Kijkruimte, Bishopsgate institution, Tate Liverpool, Selfridges, Eastside Projects and Grand Union. One of five winners of BBC Bollywood Shorts, funded by BFI and BBC and residencies with Kijkruimte Gallery, Netherland, Grand Union and Bruntwood, Birmingham.
Joyce Treasure was part of our Screening Room Programme (2021) and of Deptford Film Club on February 12, 2022.