The Body in Crisis. Sculpture, video, print, drawing and installation work: an ongoing investigation into the human body at historical moments of crisis. The backbone of the exhibition is the work Structure For Repetition (not Representation): a large-scale wooden and fabric structure, which is both a sculpture in its own right and also provides a display architecture for images and text.
The Showroom presents a new exhibition by Dutch artist Falke Pisano. Sculpture,
video, print, drawing and installation work are brought together in the latest
iteration of Pisano’s The Body in Crisis series (2011- ), an ongoing
investigation into the human body at historical moments of crisis. It will be
the most significant presentation of her work in the UK to date.
Pisano’s research centres on six historical moments: Pergamon 199; Amsterdam 1571; Paris 1793; Mons 1915; Paris 1974; Houston 1984. Each marks a change on body experience (be these institutional, administrative or physical); from the Roman theory of the four ‘humors’, to the shift from feudalism to industrialisation, to the experience of shellshock in the First World War, to the privatisation of prison labour. Histories of housing, medicine, architecture, gender, art, economic and social environments intersect within Pisano’s research.
The backbone of the exhibition is the work Structure For Repetition (not Representation) (2011- ): a large-scale wooden and fabric structure, which is both a sculpture in its own right and also provides a display architecture for images and text. Two video works explore “bodies in conditions of hunger, poverty, war and exclusion”. Archival visual material and texts illustrate structures that have been used to present and represent the body at different historical moments.
Pisano states “The Body in Crisis has two main components: a performative process of organisation (concreteness, abstraction, form, method, space, time, narration etc); and the more immediate expressions that this conceptual structure facilitates. These expressions originate in a sense of urgency to speak about real conditions of violence and how art might relate to them.” “The Body in Crisis extends The Showroom’s consistent profiling of discursive artistic practices” says Showroom Director Emily Pethick, “with a new focus on body politics, explored through a very striking, distinct, and at times highly abstract, visual language.”
The artist will give a talk on the occasion of the exhibition opening on 30 April. A limited edition print made for the exhibition, My Body is Coming Back to Me (2013), will be on sale at The Showroom.
Notes for Editors
- Falke Pisano (b.1978) is a Dutch artist based in Berlin. She has exhibited internationally, including at the 2012 Shanghai Biennial and 2009 Venice Biennale. She is represented by Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam and Hollybush Gardens, London.
- The Showroom is a space for contemporary art that is focused on collaborative and process-driven approaches to production; be that artworks, exhibitions, discussions or publications. For thirty years, The Showroom has invested in artists to make their first solo shows in London, including Jim Lambie, Eva Rothschild, Mona Hatoum, Simon Starling, Claire Barclay, the Otolith Group, Can Altay and Emily Wardill.
- Falke Pisano: The Body in Crisis is supported by Arts Council England, The Embassy of the Netherlands, Mondriaan Fund and The Showroom Supporters. With thanks to Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam and Hollybush Gardens, London.
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Press Breakfast: 30 April, 9.30–11am
Artist’s Talk: 30 April, 6–6.30pm
Exhibition Preview: 30 April, 6.30–8.30pm
3 Penfold Street, London
Opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm