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Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley will debut a new immersive gaming experience, THE REBIRTHING ROOM, at Studio Voltaire from 31 January to 28 April 2024. The exhibition was developed over a year-long residency at Studio Voltaire, and it is her first institutional solo exhibition in London.

The expansive thematics of Brathwaite-Shirley’s practice include digital real estate, archiving, and possible futures of Black and Brown trans bodies. 

For THE REBIRTHING ROOM, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley has ‘hacked’ the technology of a VR headset, turning it into an audience-operated controller. 

The headset’s individualised screen experience will become a large-scale projection-mapped environment, requiring the audience to work collaboratively in order to navigate the space. The game is set within a forest and challenges the audience to be ‘reborn in authenticity’.

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley BEFORE THERE WERE NONE 2023 Installation view at Villa Arson Nice Image courtesy of the artist. Photography Jean-Christophe Lett.

¨Brathwaite-Shirley’s practice seeks to archive the Black trans experience using technology to imagine Black trans lives in environments that centre their bodies – those living, those that have passed, and those that have been forgotten.¨– Studio Voltaire.

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley: The Rebirthing Room at Studio Voltaire
Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley: The Rebirthing Room 2023. Image courtesy of the artist.

Studio Voltaire’s exhibitions programmes have gained an international reputation, offering opportunities for emerging and under-represented artists to realise ambitious new work. The commissions often present an artist’s first solo exhibition in London or bring work by international artists to UK audiences for the first time, alongside occasional archival shows that highlight figures who have been overlooked.

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley : THE REBIRTHING ROOM from 31 January – 28 April 2024 at Studio Voltaire, 1A Nelsons Row, London SW4 7JR, United Kingdom.

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Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley THE LACK I KNEW YOUR VOICE BEFORE I HEARD YOU, 2023 Installation view at Arthurstone Library, Art Night Dundee. Image courtesy of the artist. Photo: Erika Stevenson
Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley: The Rebirthing Room
Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley: The Rebirthing Room 2023. Image courtesy of the artist.
Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley: The Rebirthing Room 2023. Image courtesy of the artist.

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