Past exhibitions / Events


BERLIN AUTUMN 2018 EXHIBITION:


The Immaterial Weight Left Behind


This Autumn 2018 the CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF SUBSTRUCTURED LOSS is proud to host international interdisciplinary artists and researchers Jessica Carlsen (US), Talia Frank (US), Cecilia Tricker (UK), Melissa Joseph (US), Cecilia Whitney (US), and Fiona Trumper (WAL).


The Immaterial Weight Left Behind is a multidisciplinary navigation of personal storytelling and bereavement highlighting experiences of death, trauma, illness and collective histories; moving storytelling into the public sphere and into a wider community.


Jessica Carlsen’s works explore the recomposition of the layered self, amidst the aftermath of sexual assault. Talia Frank’s works focus on the health and resiliency of the human condi- tion following a period of loss or grief. Utilizing papercuttings and sculpture, she shares what she’s learned from a young woman eager to de-stigmatize cancer through dialogue and public awareness. Cecilia Tricker’s works attempt to map theoretical frameworks of grief typically deployed in interpersonal experiences of loss onto processes of environmental decay, and the resulting loss of nonhuman life. In doing so, it seeks to destabilise the binary between human and nonhuman agents, working towards de-anthropocentrising the traumatic imaginary. Me- lissa Joseph’s tender cover of pavement stones are intentional empathic acts inviting others to consider the (in)visibility of marginalized groups. Cecilia Whitney’s works thematically draw upon sociological notions of the private/public divide in relation to the emotional through resear- ch on the psychological; personal narrative rooted in past mid-late adolescent trauma; and the notion of material as memory. Symbolism and metaphor are represented through conceptual sculpture and installation. Fiona Trumper’s works explore personal bereavement narratives through audio transcription, drawing, and handwriting; communicating how grief feels and the process of reconciliation.


In uncovering grief as theme and narrative; identity and environment; it is brought to the fore- front, making the invisible – visible, the unfamiliar – familiar, and the intangible – tangible.


Works installed and artists present.


EXHIBITION:
18 OCT 2018: 6-9pm – Opening Reception | Works Installed
19 OCT 2018: 12-6pm – Gallery
20 OCT 2018: 12-6pm – Gallery
21 OCT 2018: 12-6pm – Gallery

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BERLIN SUMMER 2018 EXHIBITION:


By Which We Unravel: Identity and Nationhood


This Summer 2018 the CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF SUBSTRUCTURED LOSS is proud to host international interdisciplinary artists Meenakshi Nihalani (IN) and Jonathan Davis (UK).


In investigating historical and political climates and their present day shift; evidence is depicted as a personal installation of story and process for those that follow, of those that challenged, and for those that are unable to speak. Presenting a call to action- research as artefact and craft as ritual are as performative as they are illustrative, and the structures, by which these artists unravel: identity and nationhood.


Meenakshi Nihalani’s works are seen as multidimensional and conceptual representations of forms which narrate human and gender-based confrontation as a core struggle in the unrepresented and unseen layers of society. Traditional embroidery, thread, and textile can be seen depicting the conflicting duality as structures within visual forms over their intended practical and functional uses in ‘There is No Finishing Line’ and ‘The Torch’.


Jonathan Davis’ works explore nationhood as linguistic challenges mount historically dangerous pressures that emanate from current policy and pose questions about the nature of current political and social discourse. The four works, which include ‘We’re All Strangers Now’ and ‘The Storytellers’ are mixed media pieces that stand together as a metaphor for the apparent power of stories over empirical information and the strange powers that lie behind them.


Works installed and artists present.


EXHIBITION:
13 SEP 2018: 6-9pm – Opening Reception | Works Installed
14 SEP 2018: 12-6pm – Gallery
15 SEP 2018: 12-6pm – Gallery
16 SEP 2018: 12-6pm – Gallery

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LONDON AUTUMN 2017 EXHIBITION:


Matters of Lineage
Continual Shift


This Autumn 2017, the CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF SUBSTRUCTURED LOSS is proud to host international interdisciplinary artists Gina Ricker (US), Annalisa Furnari (IT), Michelle Hall (IE), and Sophie de Vos (NL).


As time unfolds, pathways are continually re-written by experience. Each new understanding reframes how positions are viewed and approached. Points of rest and reflection allow for movement and authorship alongside, within, and in spite of lineage.


In negotiating these applied, perceived, and inherited threads of lineage, structures have been navigated alongside separate and collective experiences of loss. These aspects of knowledge and histories have been untangled to allow for new foundations to manifest. In addressing and confronting these histories – new details have been brought to the surface. Through process-driven, research- based practices, space has been created for the continual shift of parameters between perception and realization through a range of disciplines.


Ricker’s work illuminates and confronts societal gaze centering on themes of ostracism and personal loss; manifesting within performative movement and installation. Furnari’s works depict the survival of the technological memory in relation to human life and the reconstruction of the lived and imaginary. Hall’s research is a process-led investigation into trauma and modes of recovery presented through text, drawing, and installation. De Vos’ photographic works reflect upon the concept of time and the physical/emotional weight it carries.


Performance, works installed, and artists present.


EXHIBITION:
30 NOV 2017: 5-9pm – Opening Reception | Performance | Works Installed
01 DEC 2017: 12-6pm – Gallery
02 DEC 2017: 12-6pm – Gallery
03 DEC 2017: 12-6pm – Gallery

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BERLIN AUTUMN 2017 EXHIBITION:


To Permeate


This Autumn the CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF SUBSTRUCTURED LOSS is proud to host international interdisciplinary artists and researchers Louise Prévert (FR), Lynn Imperatore (UK), Edward Williams (FR), Lauren May (AU), and Karla Suler (IE).


The dictionary would define this phrase “to permeate” as action or element which passes through, seeps into, pervades. Each artist suffuses this sensibility into practice, each finds their way into unique method, media, and articulation. The work in the exhibition represents on-going processes which address various encounters with loss. By referencing intimate histories as well as testimonies of collective experience, these works endeavour to permeate limits of surface, diffuse expectations of memory, and saturate silence with tonalities yet unheard.


Works installed and artists present.


EXHIBITION:
20 OCT 2017: 6-9pm – Opening Reception | Works Installed
21 OCT 2017: 12-6pm – Gallery
22 OCT 2017: 12-6pm – Gallery

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BERLIN SUMMER 2017 EXHIBITION:


Boardering Grief


This Summer the CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF SUBSTRUCTURED LOSS is proud to host international interdisciplinary artists Lieselotte Fontrodona (NL), Anna Piatou (GR), Stefani Kuo (HK), Katherine Fiona Jones (WAL), and Debbie YJ Lin (CAN).


Boardering Grief is each artist’s sensitively constructed process-driven accession through loss by way of familial mental illness and role; trauma and distant separation; containment and dialogue; linguistic archetypes of translation and decay; and silence through censorial self-observation and historical text. Developed by way of personal experiences and rooted in evolving internal structures; parallel is the maternal identity, familial body of discourse, migrational, linguistic interchange, and woven silenced censorship by which change is inherently marked, navigated, and depicted.


Works installed and artists present.


EXHIBITION:
15 SEP 2017: 5-9pm – Opening Reception | Works Installed
16 SEP 2017: 12-6pm – Gallery | 2pm – Artist Talk
17 SEP 2017: 12-6pm – Gallery

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LONDON AUTUMN 2016 EXHIBITION:


Holding Space


This Fall the CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF SUBSTRUCTURED LOSS is proud to host international interdisciplinary artists and researchers Rachel Giles (UK), Jenna Knapp (US), and Nine Yamamoto-Masson (FR-JP).


The three artist-researchers make work that commemorates what is often elided, marginalised, and even pathologised. They strive to articulate in their works a new language, as well as, rituals for their deeply personal and politi- cal resistance against silencing, shaming, erasure and forgetting.


Absence is a common theme in the three works presented: Giles’ paper and textile-based pieces are meditations on infertility and childlessness, Knapp’s reflects on memory and archives the life of a lost loved one, and Yamamoto -Masson’s installation explores the politics of silencing/erasure of the (mostly women) victims of unredressed state violence.
Each artists’ engagement with grief and loss is deeply personal, rigorously forensic, and poetic. Their works echo Audre Lorde: “the transformation of silence into language and action is an act of self-revelation and that always seems fraught with danger.” They understand art as an interface and impulse that can transform silence, break taboos, and commemorate the past, thus opening up possibilities of language, recognition, solidarity, remembrance and justice.


By holding space for those we’ve lost and have never known, we acknowledge the shape we have carved out for them despite their absence.


Works installed and artists present.


EXHIBITION:
01 DEC 2016: 6-9pm – Opening Reception | Works Installed
02 DEC 2016: 12-6pm – Gallery | 2pm – Artist Talk

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BERLIN AUTUMN 2016 EXHIBITION:


A Memorial to the Fragmented Self


This Fall the CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF SUBSTRUCTURED LOSS is proud to host international interdisciplinary-conceptual artists and researchers Helen Kirwan (UK), Sharona Franklin (CAN), and Ilyn Wong (US).


Challenging the interwoven and sometimes indistinguishable processes that serve loss – A Memorial to the Fragmented Self aims to depict a personal search through the historical, metaphorical-mythical, and present day journeys of each artist. While integral parts of these iterations relied on research; the navigation was led by personal experience. The works, presented as ceremonial-performative and transmutations of documentary processes, draw on the complexity of loss and losses; portraying the imbalance of source as cause – evolving as a living artefact while contributing to our awareness at present.


Works installed and artists present.


EXHIBITION:
15 OCT 2016: 6-9pm – Opening Reception | Works Installed
16 OCT 2016: 12-6pm – Gallery | 2pm – Artist Talk

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