Over 100 artists are taking part in The Tate Staff Biennale which will take place on the last week of August on Level 5 of Tate Modern. Over the next few weeks The Rebel Magazine will be chatting to some of the Tate staff who are showing their artwork. Today it's the turn of Scherry Shi.
Where did you grow up and what kind of education did you receive?
"I was born and raised in China from where I was trained to be a fine artist. I moved to London to study design courses at Central Saint Martins and I am returning to school for MA at Royal College of Art this year."
How long have you been working at the Tate and what's the best show you've seen there?
"It’s been nearly a year since I worked at Tate. There have been so many great exhibitions I’ve seen in Tate over years! Yayoi Kusama, Wolfgang Tillmans, Damien Hirst, Matisse… too many to mention. I think the ones I enjoyed the most in the last 2 years are David Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain and Joan Jonas at Tate Modern."
What can you tell me about the work you're exhibiting in the Tate modern show?
"The work I’ll be showing is a series of photographs I took at a transportation node for mined and processed ores in South Africa. Inspired by the movement of mining commodities and the way in which the mining industry is reshaping, a narrative has been developed to depict the every-day fast paced working industrial landscape in 21st century’s South Africa. Beyond observing the spatial changes of the industry, this work also raises several key questions surrounding the values of the diaspora - people who relocated or got dislocated within the process, the geographical migration of the industry, and the impacts of technology on them."
How can people find out about your work - do you have a website or do Instagram?
"I’m currently working on my website, you can find me on Instagram: here What's the best thing about working at the Tate?
"Always the people. Everyone works in Tate is talented and passionate about art, you learn from people everyday."