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Scuro Gallery

Scuro is an online experimental project space. It is devoted to artworks best viewed on a screen, in an intimate setting, after dark.
Programme coming soon.

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1 August 2020 | Liquid | Hackney Marshes

‘Meet Me in the Marshes’

An evening of poetry, readings, performance and ritual in Hackney Marshes.

Readings/performances by Rosa Abbott, Jacques Baumgartner, Foivos Dousos, D Mortimer & Riana Patel.

A gin cocktail made with foraged herbs and berries was offered as a gesture of hospitality.

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9 July 2020 – ongoing | Liquid
Liquid Reading Group

An iterative digital space to share and discuss a broad range of texts and practices exploring the body, sickness, intimacy and collective liberation. Meeting once a month on Zoom.

Previous discussions:
︎ 13 August 2020 – Rosa Abbott & Carrie Bradley on Danielle Carr’s ‘The Bad Feature’ ︎ 9 July – Daniel Bermingham on Carolyn Lazard’s ‘Colostomy Fannypack’

18 June 2020 – ongoing | Kleió

‘Feather Dusting / Future Lusting’

Online exhibition and digital public programme, with two thematic strands. ‘Feather Dusting’ explores art and feminism’s fraught relationship with the home, reevaluating the domestic in the face of the COVID-19 lockdown. ‘Future Lusting’ uses the lockdown as a moment to pause and consider alternative visions and possibilities for the future.

︎ Flavia Tritto, ‘Domestic labour’s creative touch’(2020), digitalised collage of disinfected receipts on carton paper

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March–May 2020 | Liquid

‘Warm Yourself By My Trash Fire’
Online journal published by Liquid throughout the COVID-19 lockdown. Presenting poetry, interviews, essays, video and a radio piece. Including contributions from by Foivos Dousos, D Mortimer, Jacques Baumgartner and more.

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Forthcoming (postponed) | Liquid | SET
‘I Like To Watch’

Erotic cinema, moving image and art porn. Originally scheduled for 22 March 2020, on hold due to COVID-19.

︎  Massimo Alì Mohammad, still from Moana. Ocean. Sea. (2018)

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5 March 2020 | Liquid | Raven Row
‘Write Back: accountability in the age of digital intimacy’

Talks and performances by Close Tinyletter, @beam_me_up_softboi and Jacques Baumgartner.

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16 January – 23 February 2020 | Zabludowicz Collection
‘No horizon, no edge to liquid’ 

Artists: Alvaro Barrington, Varda Caivano, Nir Evron, Richard Ayodeji Ikhide, Laura Lima, Mohamed Namou, Nam June Paik, Seth Price, Hiraki Sawa, Raqib Shaw, Nobuko Tsuchiya, Francis Upritchard and Saya Woolfalk.

“No horizon, no edge to liquid explores the concept of cultural hybridity as a space in which cultures meet: where bridges are built between societies through the processes of communication, negotiation, and translation. The exhibition includes work by thirteen artists, all of whom were born outside North America or continental Europe, although many have since immigrated there. Encompassing a diverse array of media – painting, sculpture, video and installation – the exhibition explores how varying forms of hybridity can manifest through artworks: it might be expressed through materiality, the blending of traditional and new media, the dialogue between two cultures, or the interplay between art/craft, high/low or popular/elite.”

For the public programme, we organised a drawing workshop by artist Richard Ayodeji Ikhide, and a series of reading groups looking at critical and fictional texts linking to the theme of cultural hybridity. I led sessions on Ocean Vuong, Nella Larsen and Clarice Lispector.

Curatorial team: Rosa Abbott, Krishna Balakrishnan, Kateřina Čuprová, Celina Loh, Hao Long and Gaia Maggio.

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1–17 November 2020 | MIR Project Space

‘We [ breathe ] in the space between’

Artists: James Bryant, Chan Ka Kiu, Kathryn Graham, Wu Jiaru, Kwan Q Li, Muyao Li, Flavio Mancini, Jun Wang & Bonnie Wong, Ben Yau, Camille Yvert, Mamoru Watanabe.

“Presenting new work by 12 London- and Hong Kong-based contemporary artists, we [ breathe ] in the space between is an expanded exhibition responding to issues of in-betweenness, modernity, and urbanity. Traversing multiple disciplines, it includes artists working across sculpture, audio/visual and digital installation, performance and product design.”

Curatorial team: Rosa Abbott, Krishna Balakrishnan, Issy Casey, Kateřina Čuprová, Nina Lissone, Clara Wong, and Siyan Zhang.

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22–23 September 2018 | Dublin Fringe Festival

‘I Am Dynamite’
A two-day symposium celebrating dissent and disagreement in culture creation. Co-curated with Roisin Agnew.

Speakers included Angela Nagle, Jessa Crispin, Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence, Jesse Jones & Dr Tina Kinsella. 

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