Amba Sayal-Bennett’s work engages with the affective potentials of everyday life. The ordinary can be understood as a shifting assemblage of things that happen and are felt in impulses, encounters, and habits of relating. These things that happen are intensive and immanent, and evade meaning and representation. Sayal-Bennett is interested in how one’s material environment can be encountered as a ‘live surface’, and her work engages with the sensations and textures through which ordinary life is experienced. It is this dislodging, or freeing of sensation from natural referents that she explores within the work in this show, principally through the de-contextualization, translation, and restaging of affective experiences.
Amba Sayal-Bennett was born in London in 1991 where she currently lives and works. She received her BFA from Oxford University and her MA in The History of Art from The Courtauld Institute. She is currently studying for her PhD in Art Practice and Learning at Goldsmiths. Her work has recently been included in UK/Raine at the Saatchi Gallery.