Thirty-Six is the first solo exhibition of Birmingham-based, multidisciplinary artist Marley Starskey Butler. This exhibition is influenced by their personal lived experience of social work and becoming a social worker later in life.
In Thirty-Six, Starskey Butler brings together artworks made between 2009 and now, across photography, video, audio and text. The works range from explorations of the artist’s own children’s services records, relationships with their multiple primary care givers, to considering what it means to assess somebody else’s capacity to safeguard and care for a child.
Thirty-Six’s main themes revolve around family, empathy, trauma, identity and understanding. The exhibition will culminate in a free Artist Talk with Marley Starskey Butler in MAC’s Hexagon Theatre on Thu 18 January, featuring a discussion with curator Roma Piotrowska on the artist’s creative process and the works in the exhibition.
Marley Starskey Butler, If you can't hear you will feel, 2017, video still.
Thirty-Six is kindly supported by players of People's Postcode Lottery and Arts Council England.