Civic Duty

7 Jun 2019 – 21 Jul 2019

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12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00

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London, United Kingdom


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  • bus lines: 26, 48, 55, 106, 236, 254, 277, 388
  • Bethnal Green station
  • Cambridge Heath Road station
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A group exhibition of sculpture, painting and installation with Carolyn Lazard, Sam Lipp, Adrian Piper and Donald Rodney


Civic Duty examines public life defined by its prohibitions and exclusions, bringing together a selection of intergenerational artists that investigate or draw from various marginalised positions to explore broader social and political ground. It comments on the mundane violence of institutional care and welfare structures that produce the administration of social control, rendering the body either necessarily functional or silenced, ignored and erased.
Carolyn Lazard (b.1987, USA) artist/writer lives and works in Philadelphia. Recent group exhibitions include the current ‘Whitney Biennial’, New York (2019), and ‘Body Electric’, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA (2019), ‘Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon’, New Museum, New York (2017). Solo projects and two person exhibitions include ‘If you can’t share no one gets any’, LUX London (2018), ‘Epigenetic, Juliana Huxtable and Carolyn Lazard’, Shoot the Lobster, New York (2018). In April 2019 Triple Canopy launched Lazard’s second publication ‘The World Unknown’.
Sam Lipp (b. 1989, USA) lives and works in New York City. Solo exhibitions include ‘Incest’, Bonny Poon, Paris (2019), ‘Apologia’ Mackey Apartments, Los Angeles (2017), ‘Bodega’, New York (2016). His work has appeared in group shows including ‘In the hopes of not being considered’, Kate Werble Gallery, New York (2017), ‘Aunt Nancy’, Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2016), ‘Great Depression’, Balice Hertling, Paris (2016), ‘Soft Pillow’, Arcadia Missa, London and ‘I’m An American Citizen, I Know My Rights’, Neochrome, Turin (2015). Lipp is co-founder and director of Queer Thoughts, New York, USA.
Adrian Piper (b. 1948, USA) is an artist and philosopher based in Berlin (DE). Her acclaimed retrospective ‘Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions, 1965-2016’ appeared at The Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2018 along with solo exhibition ‘Adrian Piper: The Mythic Being’ at MAMCO, Geneva (Oct. 2017- Feb. 2018). Piper’s work has appeared in major museums and public institutions worldwide since 1969 and in 2015 she won the ‘Golden Lion’ in the International Exhibition of the 56th Venice Biennale. Acclaimed published writing by Piper, are ‘Out of Order, Out of Sight: Selected Essays in Meta-Art and Art Criticism’ (MIT Press, 1996), and ‘Escape to Berlin: A Travel Memoir’ (Adrian Piper Research Archive Foundation, 2018).
Donald Rodney (b. 1961- 1998, UK) was a leading figure in Britain’s BLK Art Group during the 1980’s. A retrospective of his work ‘Re-imaging Donald Rodney’, was presented at Vivid Projects, Birmingham (UK) 2016 and selected for ‘British Art Show 5’in 2000. His solo exhibitions include ‘9 Nights in El Dorado’ South London Gallery (1997), and ‘Crisis’ Chisenhale Gallery (1989). Selected group exhibitions include ‘Truth, Dare, Double Dare’ Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (1994), ‘Body Visual’ The Barbican Centre, London (1996) and ‘Representing the Body in Contemporary Art and Society’, Welcome Trust, London (1996). In 1996 he received the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Sculpture. Rodney’s collection of works and archive material are held by Tate Gallery Collections.

Thanks to Mike Phillips and the estate of Donald Rodney.
Developed with the generous support of Arts Council England & Marpac LLC.


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