Every Ocean Hughes, formerly known as Emily Roysdon, is an artist and writer living in Stockholm. Since 2013, she has been a professor of fine art at Konstfack, Sweden’s largest university of arts, crafts, and design. From 2013 to 2017, Hughes worked on Uncounted; at the core of the project is a 23-part text that engages a vocabulary of movement, margins, and trespass. It is about what is unseen in time, alive time, and the politics of transitions.
At Radcliffe, Hughes will be developing the idea of “queer death” by asking questions about self-determination, mutual aid, the fantasy of continuity, finitude, accountability, and end-of-life aesthetics. She will be thinking through the lens of LGBTQ history of kinship and care and the socialities and materialities of surviving and dying on the planet in our contemporary times.
Hughes has had recent solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Lissabon (2017), Association of Visual Artists Vienna Secession (2015), and PARTICIPANT INC. (2015) and new commissions from Tate Modern (2012, 2017), the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2013–2014), and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (2013–2014). Her work has been exhibited at the 11th Gwangju Biennale (2016); the Museum of Modern Art (2014); the Future Generation Art Prize 2012 exhibition and its collateral event at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); and the Whitney Biennial (2010). Hughes completed an MFA at UCLA in 2006, the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2001, and a BA at Hampshire College in 2000.