Charlie Fitz, b. 1991, UK
2022 / In Transit Artist Residency
2022 / Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, 'We Are Birmingham', Birmingham
2022 / No Format gallery, 'Hysterical', London
2022 / In Transit, 'Nineteen Forty - 2022', Virtual
2022 / TRIAD³, ‘Exhibition: Work in PROGRESS’, Virtual
2021 / Kiosk N1C, ‘See You At Home', London
2020 / Oddball Gallery, ‘Locked/Down', Virtual
2020 / Profile Gallery, ‘Virtual Exhibition', Virtual
2019 /Partisan Collective, ‘Radical Acts of Care’, Manchester
2019 / Ganapati Restaurant, ‘Radical Acts of Care’, London
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
2020 / Wellcome Trust Studentship in Medical humanities
Sept 2020 – current / MA Medical Humanities; Bodies, Cultures & Ideas, Birkbeck College, University of London. Wellcome Trust funded Studentship
2009 - 2010 / 2. 1 English Literature and Drama BA Hons, Goldsmiths College, University of London
2022/ Director at TRIAD³
2020/ Information Assistant at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
2019/ Guest Speaker at Robinson College Feminist Society at Cambridge University, presenting on Feminist art & activism
2018/ Activist Consultant (ACC) Exhibition 'Woman, Power, Protest' at Birmingham Museum & Art gallery
2017/ Engagement Assistant for the Arts Council Collection (ACC) Exhibition 'Coming Out' at Birmingham Museum & Art gallery
EOP - ExtraOrdinary People, Eastside Projects, Birmingham
My work both as an artist and medical humanities postgraduate researcher is rooted in narratives and representations of illness, disability and trauma. I frequently explore shame, objectification, power dynamics and the limits of language and representation.
Working both with tactile materials, such as paint, textiles and clay, as well as in the digital realm with collage, digital drawing, film, photography and digital sculpture I utilise the theoretical frameworks of the social model of disability, crip time, critical theory, phenomenology of illness and epistemic injustice in my research.
I utilise art practice predominantly for cultural activism and as a method of self-exploration. I am interested in how creative practices can help rebuild a self that is fragmented by illness and trauma. I am particularly interested in how the subject positions I inhabit, as a sick and disabled academic, creative and activist intersect, viewing my work as a continuous dialogue led by lived experience.
Collaboration is often at the centre of my work as I believe collaborative work honours human vulnerability, interdependence and the need for communities of care.