For the second of two themed conversations in the gallery in September Autograph ABP invites curatorial partnership Something Human to guest curate an evening of artist presentations and performances, investigating art and activism and the potential for the disruptiveness of performative practices in challenging prejudice, fear and violence towards the body in society. This event takes Aida Silvestri’s Unsterile Clinic, an exhibition to raise awareness of the widespread practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), as a cue to reflect on the gendered, cultural body as a site of struggle, recuperation and possible transformations. Through the event performers’ responses will address the body as a living map of physical and emotional scars, a site for confronting institutional boundaries as well as the ground for individual and collective resistance.
Confirmed artists: Oreet Ashery, Raju Rage, Helena Walsh and Eca Eps.
Presentations will be followed by a round-table Q&A with the audience, moderated by Something Human curators, Alessandra Cianetti and Annie Jael Kwan.
About the participants
Oreet Ashery is a UK based interdisciplinary artist and an educator whose politically charged and socially engaged practice includes exhibitions, performances, videos and writings, in an international and local contexts, that explore issues of gender materiality, potential communities and political fiction. Recent presentations include Revisiting Genesis (Stanley Picker Gallery 2016), Fig.2 (ICA London), Animal with a Language (waterside contemporary, London 2014), The World is Flooding (Tate Modern, London 2014) and Party for Freedom (Artangel 2012-13). oreetashery.net
Raju Rage’s work interrogates the ways in which history and memory, in/visibility and the affect of politics, space, symbolism, stereotypes, ethnic codes, ideology and gazes impact the body, with a focus on race, class and gender. They work in live art, performance, soundscapes and moving image, focusing on de-con-structive techniques of resistance such as interruption, confusion, disturbance. They primarily use their non-conforming body as a vehicle of assemblage and embodiment. rajurage.com
Helena Walsh is an Irish live artist and activist based in London. She works with time, liveness and the materiality of the body, both within constructed installation environments and site-specific spaces. Helena has performed widely in galleries, museums, theatres and non-traditional art spaces, including public sites. She completed her PhD in the Department of Drama, Queen Mary University of London in 2013, supported by a Doctorate Award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Her research used live art as a methodology to investigate the relations between gender, national identity and cultural history in an Irish context. helenawalsh.com
Eca Eps produces work in intervention, performance, photography, film and installation, largely concerned with issues around freedom, conflict and violence. Eps photographic series Naked in Africa, which places the black female body at the centre of issues around religious freedom and human rights was featured in Phaidon’s Visual Impact: Creative Dissent in the 21st Century, which charts emerging and established political artists working across the globe today. Eca Eps was born in Nigeria in 1986 and lives and works in London. ecaeps.com
Something Human is an independent curatorial partnership interested in exploring movement and relationships across boundaries, through its shared multidisciplinary interests in architecture, design, sculpture, mixed media, photography, moving image and performance. It actively seeks collaborations with artists, makers and producers from different cultural and socio-political backgrounds, for exchange and dialogue with an aim to create new, exciting performative-driven works.