Salli Yule -Tsingas
May 28 - June 13, 2021
MOUNT FLORIDA GALLERY & STUDIOS
gesture / survival
Yule-Tsingas work is an ongoing process of linking immersive, site specific exhibitions of found objects - from underground parking garages in central London, disused banks, unoccupied retail spaces, national archives, public parks, Art libraries, cultural centres, private residences, the obsolete parliament buildings of modern Greece, the Edinburgh Arts Festival, Hortensia Gallery, London and the Orangerie, Munich.
The work is a collection of discarded personal objects, boxes, containers and packaging joined together with organic matter. Each vessel and object came with their own history of acts performed in the service of our desires. Abandoned they piled up in the corridors and hallways, next to the bins and staircases. The site became the home, the container of the self.
Objects became stand-in’s for family, friends and interrelations between inside and out, past and present. The gestures of survival, on the borders of chaos and order, where methods of attempted self control revealed through chance; variety, desire. Conversely wrapping packaging and containers with shrouds of muslin and plaster, together with broken furniture and discarded domestic objects provided a means to mourn.
How could this life event of anxiety and confinement be seen as a container “ In containing, they can conceal and so they create a world within that is separate from the world outside: a partly hidden inner world that can be extracted from the temporality of the outside world”1. The work in this exhibition documents the experience of confinement but hopes to bring about a “strangely comforting feeling”2 for those in need.
1.THINKING INSIDE THE BOX, an interview with Gerhard Wolf, Sina Najafi, Cabinet Magazine, CONTAINERS
2. A visitor to a previous exhibition