Every Ocean Hughes
Every Ocean Hughes F.K.A. Emily Roysdon (b. 1977, Easton, Maryland) is an artist, writer, and professor who lives and works in Stockholm. Their work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon (2017), Secession, Vienna (2015), Participant Inc., New York (2015), and the Berkeley Art Museum (2010), and they have received commissions for new work from Tate Modern, London (2012, 2017), the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2013–14), and Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (2013–14). Hughes’s work was featured in the 11th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2016), the Biennale of Sydney (2014), the Whitney Biennial, New York (2010), and Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain (2010), and in group exhibitions at Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2017); Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2016), the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014), Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden (2014), Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2011), and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2010). Hughes used the residency to work on a new performance project called Help the Dead that addresses self-determination, diverse kinship, the fantasy of continuity, and the abstractness of death. This new work is the first in a series developing the idea of "queer death" through text, sculpture, photography, music composition and performance.