A big empty house in Clapham has been temporarily converted into a domestic gallery - bedrooms, bathrooms, basement and all! Alicia Radage will be showing a selection of photographs of performance for camera and performance documentation and video pieces from Cherelle Sappleton and Dani Ploeger will be screened. The three artists’ work manipulates, transcends and subverts the image of the body, focusing on its relationship to issues of gender, sex, race, technology, violence and landscape.
Our Body is a Bridge
Radage’s work moves away from body as item and often incorporates the blending and collision of raw materials and natural environment. Looking at the image as a starting point, the body, the skin and its everyday reading is stretched across to unchartered territory and reinscribed upon its framing. The images centre around themes of body image and post gender politics. The (female) form fluxes between bleeding into the background and framing, consuming and appropriating the materials that share the space of the image. With a foundation of live work, the images are a combination of performance for camera and documentation of performance.
Self Portrait in Parts: I
Cherelle Sappleton's works is interested in the representation of the (female) body, politics inherent in photographic images as well as their materiality. Her practice is a process of self emancipation and resistance. It is through the use of photography, moving image and installation that she tries to achieve a sense of agency. Sappleton and Radage have collaborated numerous times and their respective practices inspire and inform one another. Curated within the same event, their works pose provocations, framing the body in sometimes banal, sterile, dynamic and / or explosive states.
Experiment (Less Pink / Dead Ken)
digital video (40"), c-type print (20x30cm)
I tried out my new camera. I shot a Ken ™ Fashionistas ™ doll at close range.
Dani Ploeger is interested in the spectacles of sex, violence and waste in techno-consumer culture. His work encompasses computer programming, electronics hacking, cultural theory and performance. He makes art, lectures at universities across Europe and is a Research Fellow at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. He lives and works in London and Vlissingen (NL).