Naseem Darbey: We are Saved by Loss

Pucker 2 (detail), Naseem Darbey: We Are Saved by Loss, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe


3 February to 21 April 2018

The universal human concepts of life, loss, and hope are explored in Naseem Darbey‘s exhibition, We Are Saved By Loss.

Darbey engages with challenging topics through references to science, art and philosophy, and highlights the profound connection between the cosmos and the human body and the body’s ability to undergo constant change. The exhibition offers the viewer the opportunity to consider what it means to be human in the wider context of the universe through Darbey’s signature “hollow drawings,” that combine traditional textile techniques with lighting technology to interpret physical morphology and pathology. Although the exhibition explores serious, sometimes sombre themes, it also ponders and expands on the wonder of life and what is gained and created through loss.

Naseem Darbey: We Are Saved By Loss features the artist’s trademark 3D textile hollow drawing sculptural ‘specimens’ created by ‘drawing’ freehand on a sewing machine. Darbey focuses on the universal truth of pathological change and morphology in the human body. The concepts she explores provoke a conversation around disease and renewal as inescapable functions of the human form. These concepts in turn inspire audiences to think about biological processes and how each human is part of and in scale with the cosmic universe.

“We are descendants of the stars. Cosmic dust is an eternal element of the body’s cyclical decay and renewal. We are constant process, not complete products. We are Tertullian’s Apologeticus where ‘dead stars come to life’ and ‘everything is refashioned out of death’.” – Naseem Darbey

Naseem Darbey: We Are Saved By Loss is supported by Arts Council England. 

Supporting Activities

Exhibition Talk by Naseem Darbey
Saturday 3 February 2018
11:00am to 12:00pm
20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe

Join the artist as she shares the ideas, research and techniques behind her exhibition Naseem Darbey: We Are Saved By Loss.

Free – no need to book!

Hollow Drawing Masterclass with Naseem Darbey
Saturday 3 March 2018
10:00am to 4:00pm
20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe

Discover some of artist Naseem Darbey’s techniques in this one-day workshop, where attendees will use drawing and machine embroidery to create and build a portfolio of experimental textile-based works. Participants must bring their own sewing machine and embroidery foot. Basic materials provided.

£30 per person. 16+.

Booking essential – please call 01724 297070 or visit the gallery reception to book.

Forced Perspective Photography Workshop with Naseem Darbey
Tuesday 3 April 2018
10:00am to 4:00pm
20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe

Learn how to create forced perspective photographic images to share on social media. Bring your own camera-equipped mobile or digital camera and try some of the techniques the artist used in Naseem Darbey: We Are Saved By Loss.

Suitable for all ages. FREE to take part in this drop-in session – no need to book!