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

I Like to Watch

︎ Online Exhibition
︎ 26 November 2020 – 25 January 2021

Online exhibition of short film and moving image works by artists, filmmakers and independent porn-makers using the camera to explore desire, voyeurism, pleasure, connection and intimacy in the digital age.

Artists: Lina Bembe / Peter Berlin / Adham Faramawy / Umi Ishihara / Massimo Alì Mohammad / Annika Weertz / Youssef Youssef

Curator: Rosa Abbott


No horizon, no edge to liquid

︎ Exhibition
︎ 16 January – 23 February 2020
︎ Zabludowicz Collection, London

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.”

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

Public programme: drawing workshop by artist Richard Ayodeji Ikhide; series of reading groups looking at critical and fictional texts linking to the theme of cultural hybridity

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


Meet Me in the Marshes

︎ Performance Event
︎ 1 August 2020
︎ Hackney Marshes, London

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.

Curators: Rosa Abbott, Roisin Agnew & Daniel Bermingham (Liquid)


Liquid Reading Group

︎ Reading Group
︎ 9 July – 15 October 2020
︎ Zoom

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

Past discussions:
︎ Roisin Agnew & Clem McCloud on Andrea Dworkin, ‘Pornography’ and Tilly Lawless, ‘Books and the Body’
︎ 13 August 2020 – Rosa Abbott & Carrie Bradley on Danielle Carr, ‘The Bad Feature’
︎ 9 July – Daniel Bermingham on Carolyn Lazard, ‘Colostomy Fannypack’


We [ breathe ] in the space between

︎ Exhibition
︎ 1–17 November 2019
︎ MIR Project Space, London

“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.”

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.

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

︎: rosa.vertov@protonmail.com