Working across photography, film and written word, the Canadian artist creates a series of visual essays on everday life.

Moyra Davey narrates stories and anecdotes from books that she has accumulated, using them to reflect on her family relationships, travels and environment.

Photographic series Subway Writers is exhibited in its entirety for the first time. The 75 images, which capture commuters writing on the New York subway, are described by Davey as ‘mailers’ and were folded and posted directly to Camden Arts Centre for display. Appearing creased, stamped and scuffed, they bear the physical records of their journey.

Also featured is film work Les Goddesses, which follows Davey around her apartment as she recites an essay she wrote about the life of writer and women's rights campaigner Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughters (one of which was Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein).

Davey entwines their stories with recollections of her own sisters and a series of photographs she took of them in the early 1980s.

Camden Arts Centre

Arkwright Road, London, Greater London, NW3 6DG

020 7472 5500


Opening times

Tue – Sun, 10am – 6pm (Wed 9pm)

Closed Mondays

Free to all

10% off in the café

Valid to 31 December 2019

10% off in the café

10% off in the bookshop

Valid to 31 December 2019

Enjoy 10% off in bookshop with your National Art Pass. (Valid on book purchases only)

Haven't got your pass yet? Learn more

Exhibitions nearby

Back to top