• In mid-March 2020, Joey Bryniarska installed her show Evil Genus at Kupfer, but the show never opened and two days...

    In mid-March 2020, Joey Bryniarska installed her show Evil Genus at Kupfer, but the show never opened and two days later the UK government announced that social contact and non-essential travel should cease. 


    A year later, Bryniarska will install Mute/Unmute (Dominic Cummings), a site-specific text work in Kupfer's 213 space which reads "AREN'T THE BLUEBELLS LOVELY?". The phrase originates from a witness statement claiming that Dominic Cummings was seen walking in a bluebell wood near Durham on 19th April last year and was overheard saying these words. This second lockdown trip has always been refuted by Downing Street and remains a hanging question. Cummings, although investigated, was never prosecuted or fined by police for breaking lockdown laws citing a 'reasonable excuse'. The text work will be made using chalk, a non-permanent material most often associated with children playing outside and will be maintained for the life of the work. It maps another, very disparate, urban walk through East London. 

  • Joey Bryniarska (b.1981, Swindon) is a British/Polish artist based in London. Recent exhibitions include Serpent and Shadow, the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2018); The Materiality of the Invisible, Marres House for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht (2017); Give Way, Wexford Arts Centre, Ireland (2015); ‘A Union of Voices', Horatio Junior Gallery, London (2014); 'On Reflection', Postbox Gallery, London (2014); 'Stopped Clocks in Places of Busyness', Fold Gallery, London (2013); and 'Mind Rhymes', Hidde van Seggelen Gallery, London (2013). She has received a number of high-profile awards and residencies: the Jan van Eyck Academie (2014-17); the British School at the Rome (2009-2011); and Spike Island (2005). She completed her undergraduate degree at University College Falmouth in 2004 and received a postgraduate diploma from the Royal Academy Schools in 2009. She is a tutor on the BA Fine Art course at Central Saint Martins, UAL, and is a Visiting Artist at the Warburg Institute, London.