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Condensation

25 Feb 2011 – 27 Mar 2011

London, United Kingdom

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Annie Attridge, Jonathan Baldock, Sarah Gillham, Anthea Hamilton, Eri Itoi, Mindy Lee, Paul Westcombe

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Seduction isn't just beauty's privilege. The abject, the kitsch and the mundane are all potential triggers for desire; the further one gets from a canonical idea of pulchritude, the wilder the attraction can become. Conceived like a museum of curios, Condensation stages this apparent paradox and invites the viewers to navigate the complex mechanics of seduction. The female body is here fragmented and reconfigured like Hans Bellmer's doll, or rendered functional like the Greek goddess in Dalà ­'s Venus with Drawers. But it re-emerges stronger from these abuses - perhaps because, in line with the Surrealist tradition, these partial bodies have something of the psychological (self) portrait, made all the more accurate by multifarious transformations; perhaps because, as the outstanding details of inaccessible wholes, they gain in seductive power.

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