Ruth Ewan lives and works in London.
Ewan's work takes many forms including events, installation and printed matter. Her practice explores histories of radical, political and utopian thought, bringing to light specific ideas in order to question how we might live today. Often engaging with others, Ewan's projects involve a process of focused research and close collaboration – in the past she has worked with historians, magicians, traditional crafts people, horticulturalists, archeologists, musicians, bakers and children.
One of her best-known works 'A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World' (2003 – ongoing), invites listeners to select tracks from a CD jukebox containing over 2,200 politically motivated songs. She recently produced an audio guide, 'The Darks' with Astrid Johnston for Tate Britain exploring the histories connected to two prisons planned for the site. In 2012 she produced 'Liberties of the Savoy', taking inspiration from the Peasant's Revolt of 1381, for which over 200 teenagers from east London took over The Savoy's decadent Lancaster Ballroom. Several recent projects have engaged with alternative perceptions of time, 'We Could Have Been Anything We Wanted to Be' for the Folkestone Triennial 2011 and 'Back to the Fields' at Camden Arts Centre 2015 which brought to life the French Republican Calendar and decimal clock.
Exhibitions of her work have been presented at Camden Arts Centre, London (2015); Tate Britain and the Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (with Astrid Johnston) (2014 and 2013); Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, the Glasgow International and the Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2012);Dundee Contemporary Arts and the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla (2011); the ICA, London (2008); the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (2007) and Studio Voltaire, London in 2006. She has realised projects in London for Create (2012), Art on the Underground (2011); Frieze Projects (2009) and Artangel (2007). Her work has also been included in survey exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw and Tate Liverpool (2013) and the New Museum, New York (2009).