Out of sight

1 Nov 2016 – 30 Nov 2016

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Five Years

England, United Kingdom


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  • Tube: Bethnal Green
  • Train: Cambridge Heath

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Out of Sight is a studio-based project exploring the potential of the unrealised.


For the month of November 2016, artist Giuseppe Lana will occupy the space at Five Years to reflect on his studio practice in a collaboration with curators Amy E. Brown and Miriam La Rosa.

Traditionally, the studio is the place where ideas are formulated and evolve. However, there is inevitable separation between the artistic process and the final result, meaning that not all ideas are ultimately translated into finished works. In an increasingly mutable and accelerated society, this can be linked to a lack of economic resources, space or time. In other words, a great number of projects often exist in the initiator's head, but never find room to be developed in practice. Defining something as unrealised is to describe it as incomplete or unachieved, but it can also suggest a fully developed concept, which has not yet found its physical manifestation.

In 1974, French philosopher Henri Lefebvre wrote: ‘It is never easy to get back from the object (product or work) to the activity that produced and or created it. It is the only way, however, to illuminate the object’s nature, or, if you will, the object’s relationship to nature, and reconstitute the process of its genesis and the development of its meaning.’ (Lefebvre, Social Space, 1974).

In order to emphasise the importance and material quality of process, Out of Sight takes the form of a condensed studio experience with the artist analysing and furthering his own unrealised projects. His progress will be presented to the public with a closing event taking place on the 26th of November.

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Miriam La Rosa

Amy E Brown

Exhibiting artists

Giuseppe Lana


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