Concerning The Bodyguard at The Tetley from 12 September – 2 November 2014

Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh - new work for Concerning The Bodyguard.

The Tetley, Leeds: 12 September – 2 November 2014

Concerning The Bodyguard. Co-curated by Laura Morrision.

Benjamin Orlow, Amir Chasson, Sidsel Christensen, James Iveson, Nina Wakeford, Daniel Lichtman, Evariste Maïga, Jessica Tsang, Matthew McQuillan, Warren McLachlan, Laura Morrison, JL Murtaugh, Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, Nathan Witt and Alison Ballance

“Can the bodyguard adduce instances of professional success? Had he a previous client? How much does pleasing matter? Is it the case that, on a certain morning, the garbage cans of the city, the garbage cans of the entire country, are overflowing with empty champagne bottles? Which bodyguard is at fault?”
* Barthelme, D. “Concerning The Bodyguard.” The New Yorker (1978): 36

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Evariste Maïga: Man Tanning (2009-2014). Digital print on vinyl, variable size.

This large-scale group show, co-curated by artist Laura Morrison, takes American writer Donald Barthelme’s short story of the same name as a provocative starting point to consider how current modes of expression assume the distanced observer and represent, protect and expose the vulnerable subject.

In Barthelme’s story, the narrator builds the character of a bodyguard by accumulating doubts and uncertainties with a cool, detached questioning in order to illustrate the bodyguard’s relative lack of power in relation to his employer. Through a rhetorical layering of vulnerability and security the narrator preserves the reader’s distance to the bodyguard’s personal, social and political experience.

Nina Wakeford: 484 4th Street (2014). HD video, 11 min, and LED light.

With work in video, performance, painting, photography and sculpture, spanning topics such as the encounter with a lesbian archive, life in a contemporary military service institution and the explosion of the Minneapolis synth-funk scene, this show offers the chance to consider if and how detached narration, which limits how we speak and act, can be challenged. Works are located across the First Floor Galleries and on the Ground Floor.

Jessica Tsang, Yes, No, Maybe (just because it is rare, does’t mean it shouldn’t be known about) (2014). Digital video, 10 min.

The exhibition follows a research residency at The Tetley and will be accompanied by a programme of events and commissioned texts by writers including Gil Leung and Rebecca Bligh. Check back for more details on events across the exhibition and follow for live updates of new material.

Exhibition Events:

Thursday 2 October 2014, 6-8pm
Performance and screening event. FREE, all welcome, no need to book.

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October, 12-4pm
Weekend Symposium. FREE, all welcome, no need to book.

Daniel Lichtman, We have a Dome (2014) Video installation, 8 min. Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, Upward Inflection (2014). Installation (performance) Script co-edited with Laura Duran.

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