Shona Illingworth works across a range of interdisciplinary media including sound, film, video, photography and drawing. She is known for her immersive video and multi-channel sound installations, and evocative, research-led practice in which she explores the processes of memory and formation of identities in situations of social tension and trauma. She draws on long-term dialogues with scientists, combined with public engaged practice, to investigate the ongoing impact of amnesia and cultural erasure on the invisible social, cultural and geopolitical architectures that we inhabit, and how this shapes our capacity to imagine the future.
Illingworth was born in Denmark and brought up in the Highlands of Scotland. She trained as an artist at Goldsmiths College, University of London. In addition to her practice, she is currently a Reader in Fine Art at the University of Kent.
Her work has been exhibited internationally, with shows at the Museum of Modern Art, Bologna, FACT, Liverpool and the Wellcome Collection, London. She has received high profile commissions from Film and Video Umbrella, the Hayward Gallery, London and Channel 4 Television.