Krystle Patel Awarded Alumni Commission Award 2024

We are excited to announce Goldsmiths MFA Fine Art graduate (2022) Krystle Patel has been selected for the 2024 Exhibitions Hub Alumni Commission Award, in partnership with the Exhibitions Hub of the Department of Art at Goldsmiths, and Forma.

Over the next 6 months Krystle will dig into LADA’s archive and receive mentoring from members of staff at both LADA, Forma and Goldsmiths. Krystle will develop performance work in response to this archival research, presenting the new work at Forma in November.


I’m looking forward to working with both LADA and Forma to research staging in performance as part of my long form project ‘Possession’. Using LADA’s archives of art writing and experimental theatre alongside the architecture of Forma’s event space, I will develop a performance that plays with light and spatial sound while considering notions of permission and control.

‘Possession’ has evolved from ongoing work into the limitations and violence of the term ‘British – Asian’ as well as frustrations with the current expectations and impositions of the art world with respect to identity politics and fixed notions of being.

‘Possession’ here is seen in the multiple, as trance like possession through rhythm, possession of the body and desire, and possession of culture and identity as commodifiable objects. The project seeks to question how immaterial languages can disrupt euro-centric structures and borders, and how movement can be mobilised as a vessel for greater empathy and connection.

– Krystle Patel

About Krystle Patel

Krystle Patel is a London-based Asian artist born in Texas. She uses writing, sound and textile to create moving image works and site-specific installations that interrogate the construction and value of relationships through language. She gained a degree in Dentistry and has recently completed her MFA at Goldsmiths University. Krystle was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries, has had work acquired for the Government Art Collection and was the artist in residence at the Institute of Neurology at UCL.

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Krystle Patel. Image courtesy of the artist

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