Byzantia Harlow's work investigates the intersection between true experience, constructed encounter and embellished recollection. Harlow’s long-term interest in alternative societies, groups exploring the spiritual or supernatural, and alternative healing practices inform her current work. For Harlow, every determination of an event is the balance between cynicism or acceptance of the mystical. Recent projects have focused on re-enactments of genuine encounters laced with fictitious elements. Centering on interchanges between true experience and embellished recollection, Harlow is interested in the gap between source and sample, re-assembling these fissures to create veneers of truth – where the effigies may have become more meaningful than the originals. Byzantia creates and hosts a monthly show on Soho Radio, a journey through ideas in collaboration with invited guests, using artworks, writing and music as navigation points within a stream of consciousness.
Byzantia lives and works in London. She graduated with an MA in Painting from Royal College of Art in 2015, having previously completed her BA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins (2007-2010). Recent exhibitions and projects include: Lunar Water (Solo Exhibition) at Platform Southwark (London, 2019), From the same source I have not taken (Solo Exhibition) at Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix (London, 2018), Shaking the Habitual (Group Exhibition) at Galeria Duarte Sequeira (Portugal, 2020), Ancient Deities (Group Exhibition, curated by Rhiannon Rebecca Salisbury) at Arusha Gallery (Edinburgh, 2020), Earth Eaters (Group Exhibition, curated by Cole Projects) at Hoxton 253 (London, 2020), Grey Market (Performance) for Art Night (London, 2019).