Raven Row, London
56 Artillery Lane until 11 June 2017
Curators Amy Budd and Naomi Pearce will lead an evening tour of the exhibition 56 Artillery Lane. This event is free however booking is essential as space is very limited.
The gallery will be open on the evening of Thursday 1 June, from 6-9pm, especially for this First Thursday.
The equivocal title of Ali Smith’s intimate short story, in which a father unpacks his dead wife’s underwear and remembers their first meeting, provides a cue for a workshop exploring the short story’s particular relationship to the domestic. From the confines of the domestic space and the psychological worlds that uncoil from its locus, to the often derogatory notion of ‘domesticity’ and ‘the small scale’, speakers Juliet Jacques, Mira Mattar, Irenosen Okojie and Anna M. Szaflarski will present a selection of stories for consideration and group discussion.
The stories will be circulated to participants in advance of the event, with contributions welcome during the workshop to an expanded reading list for further ‘unfolding’.
This workshop is organised and moderated by Phoebe Blatton, and is a free event for all.
Sunday 4 June 2017, 1-5pm
Using Lucy Orta’s sculptures, dancers each explore and define a personal space before negotiating partnerships with other performers. Over the course of the performance, the boundaries between body and architecture dissolve.
Over the past two years choreographer Nandi Bhebhe and artist Phoebe Davies have collaborated to develop movement-based work, using live performance and video. Negotiating multiple histories and intergenerational perspectives, their work aims to disrupt power structures and explore relationships of solidarity. Since 2016 their work has been shown at Tate Modern, the gallery DKUK, London, and The Winter Northern Workshops programme.
Performers: Zinzi Minott, Daniel Brathwaite-Shirley, Sarah Kent, Hamish MacPherson and Darcy Wallace.
Saturday 10 June 2017, 4pm
Jenna Bliss and Alex Fleming will discuss the research and production process which informed her new film Poison the Cure (2017), including Bliss’ work with artist and actor Michel Nonó, of the performance collective Las Nietas de Nonó. They will also draw on previous projects to explore their experiences of collaboration and shared interests in narratives of addiction, self-care and pharmacology.
Followed by a screening of Las Nietas de Nonó’s Cazadoras de Palo (2017) – a film depicting four women hunting iguanas in Puerto Rico, a US colony where 80% of the food is imported – and a Skype conversation with Las Neitas de Nonó.
Jenna Bliss’ Poison the Cure (2017) was commissioned by Raven Row for 56 Artillery Lane and is supported using public funding by Art Council England.
Project in Greenwich
Fran Cottell, Forced Entry, 2017
14 May to 11 June 2017
Forced Entry is an installation that is built into the artist’s home, a former cemetery lodge in Greenwich. It is the fifth in a series begun in 2001.
The social concerns of this project shift between the relative values of order/disorder and status of the visitors and the inhabitants. This new architectural intervention provides viewing platforms which counter distance with proximity. The artist’s family and friends remain active in the house.
Opening times: Sunday 2-5pm
18 Woolwich Road
Train/Underground: Westcombe Park (Southeastern), Cutty Sark (DLR), North Greenwich (Jubilee). From North Greenwich: 6 min bus (129 or 422). From Cutty Sark: 11 min bus (129, 286, 180 or 177); 18 min walk.
Nandi Bhebhe is a British-born Southern African living in London. Nandi’s performance work has spanned countries, dance companies and theatres, including; the international tour of Bill T. Jones’ Fela! and projects with Vocab Dance Company, the Young Vic Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe.
Phoebe Blatton is a writer of fiction and criticism, based in Berlin and London. She is editor of The Coelacanth Press. Her latest writing features in Frieze and ArtReview, and a recording of a recent short story and further discussion can be found on the Letters to the Editors Podcast.
Jenna Bliss is an artist and filmmaker currently based in New York. Her film Poison the Cure (2017) was commissioned with support from Arts Council England for the exhibition 56 Artillery Lane. Recent ongoing film project The History of Lincoln Detox (2015-) has been screened at the ICA and Raven Row, London, CAC, Vilnius, CAC, Shanghai and Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York. Previous screening and performances include South London Gallery, Flat Time House, Chisenhale Gallery and Nottingham Contemporary, UK. Bliss is a 2016-17 participant in the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York. Forthcoming exhibitions include Step into Spring with Gili Tal at Cell Project Space, London (2017) and a solo presentation at OUTPOST, Norwich (2017).
Fran Cottell is an artist producing installations, public interventions and performance since the 1970s; working collaboratively and individually, on social, feminist, environmental and domestic artworks, and curatorial projects. Fran is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts.
Phoebe Davies is a Welsh artist and producer based at Somerset House Studios, London. Her work has recently been shown at Tate Britain, Arnolfini, Bristol, Assembly, Portland, USA, and ZA Connect, Johannesburg, ZA. She is also part of Bedfellows, an artist-led research group, investigating life-long progressive sex education.
Alex Fleming is a UK based artist, curator and writer. He is a programmer at the Scottish arts organisation Arika. From 2012 to 2015 he was organiser of CAGE, an artist workspace and prisoner solidarity project in the lower east side of New York. In 2014, together with filmmaker Melanie Gilligan he co-founded the theatre workshop, Talk Show. In 2015 he attended The Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. His artwork and curatorial projects have been exhibited at Kunsthalle Basel, Yale Union, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Artists Space, and Bridget Donahue. He has taught at New York University, The New School for Social Research, and Yale School of Art.
Juliet Jacques is a writer, journalist and filmmaker based in London. She has published two books: Rayner Heppenstall: A Critical Study (Dalkey Archive, 2007) and Trans: A Memoir (Verso, 2015). Her short fiction, essays and criticism have appeared in, amongst other publications and websites, Granta, The Guardian, The White Review, Sight & Sound, Frieze, London Review of Books, Wire, and the Washington Post.
Las Nietas de Nonó are sisters Michel and Lydela Nonó. They live in San Antón de Carolina neighborhood in Puerto Rico. From their home they have been running Patio Taller, a space for community and artistic encounters since 2011.
Mira Mattar writes fiction and poetry. She is a contributing editor at Mute and co-runs a small press. She recently edited the first critical anthology on Chris Kraus, You Must Make Your Death Public, and co-edited Anguish Language: Writing and Crisis. Her writing has recently been published in The Arrow Maker, The Coelacanth Journal and Datableed. More of her work can be found here: http://her-mouth.tumblr.com/
Irenosen Okojie is a writer whose debut novel Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask award. Her short stories have been published internationally and her short story collection Speak Gigantular published by Jacaranda Books was shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize and is longlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize. www.irenosenokojie.com. Twitter: @IrenosenOkojie
Anna M. Szaflarski is an artist, writer, editor and co-founder of the artist book publishing house AKV Berlin. In 2016, she published a collection of essays and short stories in Letters to the Editors with contributing authors (AKV Berlin & Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite Verlag), and launched the Letters to the Editors Podcast where she hosts readings and interviews with authors and artists working with text-based practises. Other writing projects have included collaborations with institutions including the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin, Oldenburger Kunstverein and the Harburg Kunstverein.
56 Artillery Lane Until 11 June 2017
For this exhibition ‘home’ is imagined as a space for social, sexual and political agency, and ‘the domestic’ as a stage on which kinship and self are formed and transformed through acts of love, cruelty and indifference.
A group of works from the recent past and present has been gathered and joined to a weekly live programme. Visual vocabularies range from bodily waste and bacterial growth to intimate self-imaging. Sculptural forms make reference to temporary shelter and collective occupation, while films are diaristic, improvised and quasi-fictional. The archive is invoked as a ‘homemaking’ space. For instance, photographic ‘genomegrams’ by Fiona Clark describe a personal response to trauma, Ingrid Pollard’s film reflects on her parents’ correspondence and Barbara T. Smith’s books comprise homemade Xerox impressions of the artist’s body and images of her children. Installations by Martine Syms and Ben Burgis & Ksenia Pedan work directly with the buildings’ fabric, while a film by Jenna Bliss – commissioned for the exhibition – explores the class, race and gender dynamics of drug use within domestic contexts in Puerto Rico and New York. Colonial legacies and indigenous activism are explored as well as gentrification and familial histories. The exhibition provides a partial map of the domestic as an unstable zone.
A publication has been made for the exhibition in which Amy Tobin builds a picture of a little-documented exhibition titled A Woman’s Place, made in 1974 by a group of artists in a squatted house and women’s centre in South London.
The live programme of performances, seminars, screenings and workshops extends the project to include, amongst other concerns, co-housing, modular architecture, non-monogamy, the domestic in narrative film and fiction, living with illness and health activism.
Participants in 56 Artillery Lane include Chantal Akerman, Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski, Soofiya Andry, Dr Meg-John Barker, Phoebe Blatton, Rizvana Bradley, Jenna Bliss, Ben Burgis & Ksenia Pedan, Autumn Chacon, Adam Christensen, Fiona Clark, Lucy Clout, Fran Cottell, Jemma Desai, Fenixº, Keira Fox, Harry Giles, Carry Gorney, Candice Hopkins, Juliet Jacques, Alice Jones, Bhanu Kapil, Morag Keil and Georgie Nettell, Rudy Loewe, Mira Mattar, Zinzi Minott, Merata Mita, Irenosen Okojie, Lucy Orta, Meera Osborne, Maria Pinińska-Bereś, Ingrid Pollard, Steve Reinke, Christine Roche, Sisters of Jam, Stanley Spencer, Barbara T. Smith, Martine Syms, Anna Szaflarski, Nina Wakeford, Kate Walker, Ed Webb-Ingall, Ria Wilson, Anicka Yi and Rehana Zaman.
The exhibition is curated by Amy Budd and Naomi Pearce, with input from Amy Ball, Gail Chester, Althea Greenan, Lucie Kinchin, Alexandra Kokoli, Imogen and Catriona Laing, Ed Webb-Ingall, Suzy Mackie, Sue Madden, Bernard G Mills, Ciara Moloney, Sofía Gallisá Muriente, Su Richardson, Alex Sainsbury, Amy Tobin and Mercedes Vicente.