7.09.2018 – 13.09.2018
Curated by MA Curating and Collections 2017/18
Cookhouse Gallery, Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4JU
//, banner designed by Nicolo Pellarin and Michela Zoppi
Ericka Beckman | Osías Yanov | Puck Verkade | Ami Clarke | Joey Holder | Zach Blas
MA Curating and Collections 2017/18 was pleased to present their final curatorial show this past fall (2018); //. The exhibition aimed to dismantle the established boundary conditions of gender, race and class within the current colonialist, capitalist and gendered economies. Featuring works by Ericka Beckman, Puck Verkade and Osías Yanov that challenge the system, the grid and ways of classifying which delineates boundaries within our society. In the realms of the exhibition, the traditional divisions between human and animal, organism and machine, and the physical and non-physical are blurred in order to address a myriad of ways in which technology relates to human nature and the agency of the body.
// was informed by Donna Haraway’s 1984 essay, A Cyborg Manifesto. The cyborg is used as a fictional and metaphorical concept for subverting these boundary conditions. Haraway proposes a mythic answer to the problems currently facing society. Through this fictional method, this exhibition guided us through the breakdown of limiting identity constructs, towards a new social structure as a call to arms for the future.
As an extension of the exhibition’s framework and as a support of exhibition’s concept, aiming to subvert the traditional book and catalogue format, the publication was used as a form of continuation from the exhibition. The shows publication includes dialogues between the curators and artists set within a fictional realm, and artists’ responses to the curatorial strategy and exhibition concept. With a foreword written by Lynton Talbot, contributors include Ericka Beckman, Zach Blas, Ami Clarke, Joey Holder and Osías Yanov.
Two public programme events were also held in correlation with the exhibition. A performance of Osías Yanov’s Orphan Dance (2018), took place on the night of the privet view (September 7th 2018) and a special screening and discussion of Zach Blas’ film Jubliee 2033 (2017) took place on 13th September 2018.