Isis Swaby is a multidisciplinary artist, producer and DJ, daughter of Augustus Pablo, dub and reggae musician. Raised in Harlem, New York City. Swaby uses her Jamaican heritage as inspiration throughout her visual art practice and through music production. Throughout the years, Swaby has collaborated with reggae legends such Lee Scratch Perry on an art project of readymade skulls for his performances and designed a hat with Kangol Headwear Co., in honor of her family owned record shop, Rockers International Shop based in Kingston, Jamaica. Swaby sources and selects Dub, Ska, Rocksteady, Experimental Hip Hop and Trap, Afrobeat, Drum and Bass, World and Soul. As a DJ, Swaby opened/shared spaces with OSHUN, Eden Hagos, Addis Pablo, Melo-X, Yami Bolo, Yaadcore, Xhosa, DeeJay Earl and Suzi Analogue, Dedekind Cut and Buke & Gase.


Collaboratively worked with Kangol Headwear Co., VP Records, Soulection, ReggaeKing, Kinfolk 90, Aveda Asanda Soho, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Cross Club (Prague, Czech Republic), DUBLAB JP (Tokyo, Japan), OPEN (Tokyo, Japan), Red Line Tap (Chicago), Sound Table (Atlanta), Lyons Wier Gallery, Kingston Dub Club (Jamaica, W.I.), UNIT (Tokyo, Japan). Toured in Japan and China in adjacent with her DJing, completed a series of four large-scale paintings and curated an exhibition titled, 'Found Objects: Roots Files, in memory of Augustus Pablo in Kyoto, Japan. Swaby uses photographs from her life and experiences within music to create her postcards. Completed art residency with InterCultural-ODYSSEYS Artist Residency in San Ramon, Costa Rica and Chashama Studio Artist Residency in Harlem, New York City. Swaby continues her studio practice creating assemblage paintings, sound, installation, photography, and artist multiples. Resides in New York City.







EXHIBITIONS

All Women, All Postcards, Three Dot Zine & Khalon Agency: Brown Paper Zine & Small Press Fair, Baltimore, MD 2017

DJ Residency, PLAY, Pianos, New York, NY 2017

DJ Residency with Buke & Gase, Addis Pablo, Union Pool,Brooklyn, NY 2017

David Tesinsky x Isis Swaby, Czech Republic, photojournalist, Sounds x Video, Trans Pecos, Brooklyn, NY 2016

Europe Tour: Isis Swaby, Paris, France, Viareggio, Italy, Arnhem, Netherlands, Barcelona, Spain, Berlin, Germany, Czech Republic, London, UK 2015

Designed a hat with Kangol Headwear for Rockers International, NY, NY 2015

Ank Crossworlds, Augustus Pablo Tribute, Kingston, Jamaica, 2014
Sounds Of Swaby Tour (DJ & Art) Tokyo, Kyoto, Yokohama and Nagono, Japan 2014
Collaboration with Japanese artist, Kads Miida, 'Let his hands play (Far East Sound)' Tokyo, Japan 2014
Found Objects: Roots Files Retrospective of Augustus Pablo T-shirts & Family Documentation, Niji Neon Gallery & Bar, Kyoto, Japan 2014
Find Your Bliss' Mural, Public Art, Fall for Arts Festival, Southpoint Park, Roosevelt Island, NY, NY 2013
7 Deadly Sin Gold Skulls for Lee Scratch Perry's Performance, Le Poisson Rouge, NY, NY 2013
Group Show, The South Jersey Museum of American History, Glassboro, NJ 2013
The Remixx of Gen X (music composition) NY, NY 2013
Write, Burn, Read (performance) NY, NY 2013 (Eight Poems Burned) in my Harlem's apartment 2013
Extra Cents from a New York City Girl, written text, NY, NY 2013
I AM UNITY, Higher Self Group show, Gowanus Loft, Brooklyn, NY 2012
Find Your Bliss sticker-ing Project in Viareggio, Italy, Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, NY, NY 2012
Sanctuary, as we know it (installation), Chashama Artist Residency, NY, NY 2012
Women's History Month, Group Show, Grace Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2011
Duo Exhibition, Touch and Feel My Walls series I, Chashama Studio 461 Gallery, New York, NY 2010
Duo Exhibition, Touch and Feel My Walls series II, 61st Center Park West Avenue, New York NY 2010

GRANTS AND AWARDS
InterCultural ODYSSEYS Artist Residency, San Ramon, Costa Rica 2016
Commissioned from Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation and by the Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association 2013
Artist Studio Residency (One Year) through Chashama Nonprofit Organization 2012-2013
Chashama Nonprofit Organization offered National Endowment for the Arts Grant 2010



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