Supernature in Two Parts
14 SEPTEMBER, 6:00–10:00pm
AT LISSON GALLERY
An evening of performance at Lisson Gallery presented by Mimosa House and Haroon Mirza
Part one, curated by Mimosa House, features Super Taus who will be performing heroic feats of sculptural creation on the night, by bending great rods of steel with her bare hands and fashioning works live in the gallery. Super Taus, a woman with super-human powers of strength, hailing from Dagestan in the south of Russia, counters the traditionally male practice of metallic sculpture by welding and bending the material herself, in a subversive gesture of resistance and female empowerment.
London-based artist Gaia Fugazza will be offering visitors the chance to hold sculptures in their mouths. Embracing the evasive shapes of these sculptures is, she says, like touching a shy plant, which closes up its leaves in order to avoid contact and intimacy. This notion comes from the Mimosa Pudica – known as the ‘shy plant’ or the ‘shame plant’ – which has long been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Its contradictory power lies in inciting desire, but also in acting simultaneously as a contraceptive for women and a spermicide for men.
The final act will feature Linda Stupart who has developed a performance around overlapping investigations into melting icebergs and Morgellons disease (a syndrome, commonly diagnosed as a kind of contemporary hysteria, whereby the sufferer finds fibres, crystals, and other alien objects under its skin). The disappearance and reappearance of crystals (both water crystals and those found by Morgellons suffers) are considered as simultaneous and related crises, both concerning boundary integrity.
Please note that this event takes place offsite at Lisson Gallery
67 Lisson Street and 27 Bell Street, London
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