The exhibition is curated by SIGNAL, and is the first in a series of exhibitions at Gallery 2 that will be curated by artist-run spaces and collectives.
The body is the boundary point of overt social control – something that can be worked, borrowed against, confined, a unit that can be processed. The artists in this exhibition share a concern with the body as the locus of dispute between the world and the self, in conflicts both physical and psychological, and the ways in which the systems of social control through which our bodies must move work within and without us.
Serbian-born artist Ivana Bašić 's sculptures frequently depict ambiguously biological forms, contorted figures of wax and silicone with shiny, bruised skin. These segmented bodies are made the more alien by their incompleteness – legs without feet, arms without hands. Bašić’s figures appear to be acted upon by forces of enormous violence, and seem to visualize the fragility of the body as an organic carrier for something else.
Through video, sculpture, photography and text, Sable Elyse Smith probes the trauma of incarceration as it has related to her own family and history, and the ways these same traumas have been writ-large in America as a result of mass incarceration. Here, Smith’s sculptures present her short lyrical texts within institutional signage, the changeable letter boards that typically advertise visiting hours or church announcements.
FlucT is the collaboration between performers Sigrid Lauren and Monica Mirabile, who create highly charged choreographic works exploring social control and power dynamics enacted upon the body. Their “violently intimate” dance practice frequently sees their bodies colliding and entangling, and the two artists locked in confrontation with the audience and each other.