Billy Morgan


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Bio



Billy Morgan (b. London) is an Amsterdam-based artist working across text, performance and video. The estrangement of established frameworks — such as relational fields, historical time, architectural space and {folk} sociality — by way of heterodox compositions is inherent to Billy’s work. Language, as a carrier of meaning, confusion and old tongues, is never far from thought.

Billy has shared work most recently at Eau Salon, Zürich (2021), Théâtre Arsenic, Lausanne (2020), Salon 14, Warsaw (2020), Cosmos Carl (2020), Capitain Petzel, Berlin (2020), K21 Düsseldorf (with Moritz Krauth, 2020), & Kem Warsaw (2020). Billy has performed at Kunsthalle Basel (2019), The 58th Venice Biennale (2019), Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej (2019—20), Frieze London (2018) & Fundacja Galerii Foksal (2018) in the works of Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, Ania Nowak, Sunny Pfalzer & Małga Kubiak.

Billy’s texts have been performed at K3 - Zentrum für Choreographie, Hamburg (2021, in the film work of Przemek Kamiński), Cell Project Space (2020, in the performance of Krzysztof Bagiński), published in Krzak Papier (2020), and Modern Queer Poets (Pilot Press, 2019) and read aloud at 'Do You Host?', an event curated by Eliel Jones for Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej (2018). Billy programmed and guided the first Queer Ecologies Reading Circle on 'Queer Placemaking', as part of the 2018—19 residency of Kem (artist-run queer-feminist group), also at CSW.

A graduate of Architecture (The University of Edinburgh, 2016), Billy studied at the Studio of Spatial Activities (Akademia Sztuk Pięknych, Warsaw, 2018-19), and the SNDO (School for New Dance Development, 2020).


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Projects
2021


“KARADENIZ”, performance by caner teker, HAU Berlin & Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf

“THAT IS MY LEG”, group exhibition curated by Anna Buyvid & Leonie Kuipers, Brouwersgracht, Amsterdam

“New folk dances”, performance, SNDO (School for New Dance Development), Amsterdam

“Wet poems”, Architecture Fringe Festival, Edinburgh

“Eau Salon”, group text exhibition curated by Exquisite Corpse, Zürich, Switzerland

“An Open Window”, EP, jśa, released by Genome 6.66 Mbp Shanghai

“Thereafter”, film text, Przemek Kamiński, K3 Zentrum für Choreographie - Tanzplan Hamburg

2020

“songs of Poland II”, performance, Capitain Petzel Gallery, Berlin, in framework of show ‘On The Politics Of Delicacy’, feat. Hannah Hoch, Joanna Piotrowska, The Robert Anton Theatre a.o

“Modern Queer Poets”, contributor, Pilot Press, London

“Feine salate”, performance, SNDO (School for New Dance Development), Amsterdam

“songs of Poland II”, performance at ‘Finalmente’, Kem, Warsaw

30-something The sod”, performance text, “But Everyone Else was Crying”, Krzysztof Bagiński, Cell Project Space, London

“Queer Queer Casimir” group exhibition, Salon 14, Warsaw

“a Celebration”, performance, Theatre Arsenic, Lausanne, Switzerland

“Hold a Ghost”, performance, Sunny Pfalzer, Feldfünf & Alte Münze, Berlin

“Faggots, Friends & A Poem To The Nationalist Marcher”, film, Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, presented at the Riga Biennial for Contemporary Art, Latvia

“Nachtflug”, performance in collaboration with Moritz Krauth, K21 Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf

“Scrub Liminal”
, EP, jśa

“Sense & Cessation: Earthly Constructions of Nationhood”, essay on queer eternity, for Spółdzielnia Krzak Papier, Issue No. 2

2019

“Far Too Many Stories To Fit Into So Small A Box”, performative exhibition by Bik Van Der Pol, choreographed by Ania Nowak, U-jazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw

“Such Feeling”, performance exhibition of Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland

“A Declaration”, poetry reading, Festival D’Amour, Rosswald, Switzerland

“Faggots, Friends & A Poem To The Nationalist Marcher”, film, Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, presented at Kunsthalle Basel & Foksal Gallery Foundation

“songs of Poland I”, performance, Dziwnowo Queer Community House, Warsaw

“Untitled (Holding Horizon)”, performance, Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, Venice Biennale 2019

“I’m Gonna Leave You”, performance, Muzyka Nieheteronormatywna, Warsaw

“Untitled Dances”, performance, Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, U-jazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw

“Psotki i Smieszki”, performance, Romain Hamard, U-jazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw

“Queers to the Front”, magazine, Warsaw

2018

“Untitled (Holding Horizon)”, performance, Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, Frieze Projects, London

“Improvisations”, performance, Dragana Bar, as part of Kem’s residency at U-jazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw

“Rozkwit”, installation, exhibition organised by Krzak Collective, Botanical Gardens, Warsaw

“Army Of Lovers”, performance with Rafał Pierzyński & Agata Grabowska, Dragana Bar, as part of Kem’s residency at U-jazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw

“Until A Thousand Roses Bloom (With Warsaw In The Background)”, performance, Alex Baczyński-Jenkins, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw

Wet Look”, performance, Studio of Spatial Activities Graduate Show, Królikarnia Sculpture Garden, Warsaw

“Dramaturgies Of The Other: Self & Sense Making In Documentary Theatre”, participant, led by Martha Bouziouri, Biennale Warszawa, MOMA, Warsaw

“Akcja Lublin! Rozdział 2”, group performance event, Studio of Spatial Activities, Galeria Labyrint, Lublin

“Male Breastfeeding” participant, performance and workshop led by Antonija Livingstone, Kem Care, MOMA, Warsaw


School

SNDO (School for New Dance Development), 2020
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Studio of Spatial Activities, led by Mirosław Bałka, 2018-2019
The Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland


Architecture MA (Hons) with First Class, 2012-2016
The University of Edinburgh, UK

Nominated for the RIBA President’s Bronze Medal 2016