Exhibition

The Republic of Brexitopia

6 Sep 2017 – 16 Sep 2017

Event times

1-7pm everyday (closed Monday)

Cost of entry

Free

Espacio Gallery

London, United Kingdom

Address

Travel Information

  • Bus: Number 8, 388 bus, Brick Lane stop, walk 1 minute to 159 Bethnal Green Road
  • Train: Liverpool Street

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The Republic of Brexitopia is an imaginary country of the near future. An international group of artists explore the forms that such a country might take and the forces that might shape it.

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The Republic of Brexitopia is an imaginary country of the near future.  An exhibition at the Espacio Gallery in London between 6-16th September 2017 invites an international group of artists to explore the forms that such a country might take and the forces that might shape it.

Using a mix of participative, performative and provocative strategies the artists address not just Brexitopia’s political and economic trajectory, but also the relationship between its citizens, the lure of exceptionalism, and the narrow line between optimism and delusion, utopia and dystopia.

The tone of the artworks varies from the passionate to cool observation, from the committed to wry humour. Some responses are based on personal experience of the artists – a shaken sense of belonging and the feeling of being turned into “the other”.  Other responses test the boundaries of patriotism, truth and historical remembrance.

The participative nature of many of the works invites the visitor to reflect on the idea of human agency. They suggest that we don’t have to resign ourselves to the inevitability of this or that future, but that we can choose to be active agents in shaping the future we desire.

Participating artists: Roan Allen , Roelof Bakker, Jenni Bea, Ben Bird, Lizzie Brown, Andy Caruso, Emer Costello, David Dunnico, Ahmed Farooqui, Jake Francis, Livia Garcia, Esperanza Gomez Carrera, Jacqui Grant, Tom Hackett, Christina Lovey, Liana Bortolozzo, Andy Metcalf, Billie Penfold, Marta Pieregonczuk, Laurence Rassat, Marc Renshaw, Louise Scillitoe-Brown, Chia-An Yang.

Curated by Degrees of Freedom artist group

Curators

Ahmed Farooqui

Degrees of freedom

Exhibiting artists

Jacqui Grant

Ahmed Farooqui

David Dunnico

Ben Bird

Esperanza Gomez-Carrera

Andy Caruso

Jenni Bea

Lizzie Brown

Laurence Rassat

Roelof Bakker

Tom Hackett

Livia Garcia

Jake Francis

Liana Bortolozzo

Marta Pieregonczuk

Andy Metcalf

Billie Penfold

Chai-An Yang

Christina Lovey

Louise Scillitoe Brown

Emer Costello

Marc Renshaw

Roan Allen

Taking part

Degrees of Freedom artist collective

Degrees of Freedom artist collective

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