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Interview: Es Devlin

Interview: Es Devlin

The multi-disciplinary artist on unrealised work and collaborating with Beyoncé.

Es Devlin is a multi-hyphenate creative powerhouse – an artist who creates immersive installations, a set designer who makes iconic stage sculptures for the likes of Kanye West and The Weeknd and a curator, responsible for London’s 2021 Design Biennale. In 2021, Devlin premiered her large-scale work BLUESKYWHITE at 180 Studios as part of the LUX exhibition.

On 11 October, Devlin’s work returns to 180 Studios as part of Cosmos, an exhibition created by the artist for Gucci. To mark its opening, we’re publishing an extract from her 2021 interview with Serpentine Galleries’ artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist. Originally featured in the F/W 2021 issue of Fact’s print edition, the interview includes Devlin’s thoughts on breaking down silos and passing it on to the next generation.

Watch the Throne, 2011 and The Weeknd in rehearsal, 2016

Hans Ulrich Obrist: Can you give us one example of a collaboration with a musician where you felt it all came together and sort of transcended into something else?

Es Devlin: The Beyoncé Formation Tour felt like a significant moment particularly because of what she was doing at that…

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