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Curators' Tour - Silver Sehnsucht: Collective Show

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Dock Road

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Join us on an exclusive curators’ tour of Silver Sehnsucht with Mara-Johanna Kolmel, Silvana Lagos and Rafael Schacter, as they take over a 50,000 square foot factory in the East London district of Silvertown for a multi-sensorial, immersive exhibition weeks before the Brutalist block is transformed into a working space for artists and makers.

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* Note: 8th October tour will include a special performance by Matterlurgy (Helena Hunter & Mark Peter Wright).

Wandering the Silver Building’s dilapidated spaces you will find works by exciting emerging and established artists. Against the impressive backdrop view of London’s Docklands and the River Thames, Rosana Antoli’s site-specific installation made from rubber hose pervades the space like a pulsating drawing in three-dimensional space. The specter of the rubber producing industrialist S.W. Silver, whom Silvertown is named after, also haunts the immersive installation by the collective Matterlurgy. Their installation reassembles industrial materials from the surrounding area to construct a speculative landscape that foregrounds present day geopolitics and industrial histories.

The colonial history of Silvertown is equally taken up by Peruvian artist Paola Torres Núñez Del Prado. In her participatory sound installation, hand-made textiles become a powerful emblem exploring gentrification as a softer version of colonialization. Poklong Anading’s work, a series of painted plastic bags whose gold paint will slowly flake and fragment during the period of the exhibition, exposes both the ephemerality of the material realm as much as the vulnerability of capital. The shimmering sensations induced by Anading’s installation reappear in the seductive video collage by artist William Mackrell. Reverberating in the backdrop view of Canary Wharf’s constellation of financial power, his work amplifies the all-consuming desires and illusions of capitalism that drives the body to inescapable exhaustion. Likewise, the American artist Christine Sun Kim, who has been deaf since birth, exposes the way that past actions are molded and altered through processes of translation, be that of a literal or metaphoric kind.

Introducing the work of altogether 12 acclaimed artists working across sound, performance, video, and installation, the tour will critically reflect on both the strange merging of past, present and future that the German term Sehnsucht in the exhibition’s title connotes as well as the ways these are reflected in the location of Silvertown itself. It will explore the bittersweet feeling which emerges from the increasing speed of contemporary world, the feeling of loss for something unknown in the anxious process of ushering in something new. We look forward seeing you!

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