Twelve runs at Peckham Platform, London, 22 May – 26 Jul 2015
Free entry, Wednesday - Sunday
Twelve is a multi-channel video installation that depicts the recollections, rituals, repetitions and ruptures of lives spent in addiction and recovery. Over the last two years Manchot has worked in dialogue with twelve people in recent recovery from substance misuse at rehabilitation communities in Liverpool, Oxford and London. Twelve is directly informed by their personal written and oral testimonies, creative conceptions, and performances within the final works.
Manchot’s work connects and collapses individual recollections in which everyday situations, events and activities are rendered dramatic or abstract and infused with tragedy, pathos and humour. Single sequences are shot as continuous takes, referencing iconic scenes from the films of Michael Haneke, Gus van Sant, Bela Tarr and Chantal Akerman – a ferry journey across the Mersey, a darkened room looking out onto an early morning street, a car wash, the cutting of daisies with small scissors, the obsessive cleaning of a floor – providing the framework for reflections on remembered incidents and states of mind. Melanie Manchot is a London based visual artist who works with photography, film, video and installation as part of a performative and participatory practice.
Twelve was commissioned by Mark Prest of Portraits of Recovery. To complement Twelve, Peckham Platform has commissioned a project produced with local people in recovery; this is the first part of a series of new complimentary commissions made at each venue of the tour.
There will be special free evening events to accompany the installation.
21 May 6pm - 9pm - late opening to launch the exhibition. Come along, meet the artist and gallery team, enjoy a drink.
29 May 6pm - 9pm - 'Last Friday' late opening, with students from Central St Martins staging an 'art invasion'
10 June 6:30pm - 8pm - Artist Talk (held at the London College of Communication.
26 June 6pm - 9pm - 'Last Friday' late opening. It’s summer time, so why not sit back and enjoy an outdoor screening of Lost Weekend directed by Billy Wilder – the first Hollywood film to address alcoholism directly. Popcorn provided.
Open 11am - 6pm Wednesday - Friday
10am - 5pm Saturday - Sunday
Always free entry