Key facts about the artist

The Foxes
The Foxes (2013)

Sworn works mainly with video and photography.
Vancouver and Glasgow
Associate Professor
Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, Oxford
Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2014
Venice Biennale


Video: Art in Scotland TV - Corin Sworn: The Common Guild

Video: Scotland + Venice 2013: Corin Sworn Interview

Video: Scotland + Venice 2013: Corin Sworn Primer

Video: Art in Scotland TV - Corin Sworn

Video: Corin Sworn - Artist in Conversation, Tramway, 2010 - Part One

Video: Corin Sworn - Artist in Conversation, Tramway, 2010 - Part Two

About Corin's work

Working mainly with video and photography, Corin Sworn creates installations that look at how objects and images convey stories and histories. She combines images with spoken narrative, often recordings of her own voice, reading texts that are both newly written and quoted from other sources. Slipping between fact, fiction and fantasy, Sworn’s work considers the cultural and personal meanings that we attach to things, and how they in turn come to represent people and places.

In 2010 her installation Endless Renovation included a set of 35mm slides that she had found in a skip near her home. Sworn used a projector to show the images, along with a recording of her voice as she tells the story of finding the slides and speculates about their origin: who might have taken the images and why. At times the voice sounds knowledgeable and truthful, while at others it is less certain.

Sworn’s 2013 project for the Scotland + Venice exhibition at the Venice Biennale included a film called The Foxes. The starting point for the film was the discovery of a box of her father’s old slides, including many he had taken during his research as an anthropologist in the 1970s, on visits to Peru and Spain. Sworn and her father looked at the photographs together, her father recalling the people and places in the images, his memories at times at odds with Sworn’s own. She later took her father and the photographs he had taken back to Peru and filmed their journey to the places he had visited forty years previously. Alongside the film, she made a group of photographic works that combined her father’s photographs with her own, with one layered on top of the other to create a composite image of the same place at different points in time. 

In these and other works, Sworn creates multi-layered reflections on the creation and communication of truth, memory, history and knowledge.


Corin Sworn (born 1976 in London) grew up in Toronto. She moved to Vancouver to study Psychology at the University of British Columbia before studying an art degree at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She moved to Glasgow in 2007 to complete an MFA at The Glasgow School of Art. Recent solo exhibitions include The Rag Papers at Chisenhale Gallery, London and Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen (2013); ArtNow at Tate Britain (2011); and The Lens Prism at Tramway, Glasgow (2010). She is associate professor of Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, Oxford and was one of three artists in the Scotland + Venice 2013 exhibition for the 55th Venice Biennale. Sworn lives and works in Glasgow and was awarded the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2014.

More information

Scotland + Venice 2013, The Common Guild, Glasgow, 2013