Artists' Brunch: Christopher Kulendran Thomas and Mai-Thu Perret

19 Jan 2019

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12:00 – 17:00

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£5, £3 concessions

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Spike Island

Bristol, United Kingdom


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Join us for brunch and an introduction to the new Spike Island exhibitions with artists Christopher Kulendran Thomas and Mai-Thu Perret, chaired by curator Vanessa Boni.


Brunch for this event includes pastries, tea and coffee for attendees.

Exhibition: Mai-Thu Perret, The Blazing World (19 January to 24 March 2019)

The Blazing World is a major new commission, extending upon Mai-Thu Perret’s interests in feminist practice and the occult. Ceramic sculptures associated with the imagery of the witch in fairy tales (the apple, the home and the farm) as well as animal masks, are positioned alongside textile banners and a spoken word recording by singer-songwriter Tamara Barnett-Herrin. These works animate a large scale theatrical stage set evoking an imagined landscape which carries the haunting sense of something yet to come.

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Exhibition: Christopher Kulendran Thomas, New Eelam: Bristol (19 January to 24 March 2019)

New Eelam is a real estate technology company founded by artist Christopher Kulendran Thomas in order to develop a global housing subscription based on collective co-ownership rather than individually owned private property. Initiated as a long-term artwork in the form of a startup, the venture has brought together an interdisciplinary team of specialists across the fields of technology, art, real estate, finance and architecture to explore how a more liquid form of citizenship could be constructed beyond national boundaries.

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Christopher Kulendran Thomas

Christopher Kulendran Thomas is an artist who manipulates some of the structural processes by which art produces reality. His work has been included in the 7th Bi-City Biennale, Shenzhen (2017); the 11th Gwangju Biennale; the 9th Berlin Biennale; and the 3rd Dhaka Art Summit (all 2016). Recent exhibitions include I Was Raised on the Internet, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2018); New Eelam: Tensta, Tensta konsthall, Stockholm (2017); Christopher Kulendran Thomas; New Galerie, Paris (2017); moving is in every direction, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2017); Bread and Roses, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2016); Co-Workers: Network As Artist, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2015) and Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making, Tate Liverpool (2013). Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Institute for Modern Art, Brisbane and Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, as well as a new commission with the V-A-C Foundation for the 58th Venice Biennale. Thomas is the founder and CEO of New Eelam (new-eelam.com).


Mai-Thu Perret

Mai-Thu Perret was born in 1976 in Geneva, where she lives and works. She is known for her multidisciplinary practice encompassing sculpture, painting, video and installation. Perret has created a complex oeuvre which combines radical feminist politics with literary texts, homemade crafts and 20th century avant-garde aesthetics.

She studied English at Cambridge University and was a participant in the Whitney Independent Study Program. In 2011 she won the prestigious Zurich Art Prize and the Prix Culturel Manor. She is the recipient of the 2018 Paul Boesch Award.

Her recent solo shows include the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2016); Le Magasin, Grenoble (2011); MAMCO, Geneva (2011); Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (2011); Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art, New York (2011); University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor (2010); The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2009); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2008); The Kitchen, New York (2008); and The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2006). She has a major retrospective exhibition opening at MAMCO, Geneva in autumn 2018.  

Mai-Thu Perret’s work has featured in numerous group shows, including the Centre d’art contemporain, Geneva (2014) ; Swiss Institute, New York (2014); Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris (2013); Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2013); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2012), CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (2012); Kunsthalle Bern, Bern (2012); ILLUMInations (curated by Bice Curiger), 54th Venice Biennale (2011); and Haus der Kunst, Munich (2010).

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