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Jerwood Staging Series 2019 – Common Positions curated by Seán Elder

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Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London

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Birmingham-based curator Seán Elder brings together moving image and object-based artworks that depict and support moments of communal imagination, action, rest and thought. Within the gallery spaces, Aberdeen-based artist Kirsty Russell presents opportunities for listening, reading, and spending time together, accompanied by a screening of ‘Desires Will Leave The House And Take To The Streets’ (1998). The film depicts a process of communities and networks critiquing, desiring and imagining a new public space for St Pauli, Hamburg, which resulted in the establishment of Park Fiction.

This and other films will be screened alongside the new work presented by Kirsty Russell, which speak to a preoccupation with inhabiting spaces with support, invitation and maintenance.

Seán Elder is a curator based in Birmingham whose research is concerned with queer relations acting within curatorial practices. They are currently undertaking a PhD and developing a research-based programme with Grand Union. In 2018 they curated Inherited Premises, a two person show by Rami George and Tako Taal which featured newly commissioned work by the artists, and as part of Grand Union curatorial team programmed Ways of Learning with Lucy Lopez in its first iteration. They have undertaken developed independent projects and writing with organisations including Cooper Gallery, Dundee, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, LUX Scotland and LUX Moving Image.

Kirsty Russell is an artist based in Aberdeen. Her work is concerned with support, care and maintenance. With reference to the women in her family, who work in positions of care, she often returns to the physical and emotional weight of the work that they do and to the repetitive nature of maintenance. Her work expands into places of care, such as hospitals and schools, through project worker and other supporting roles. She is currently taking part in Syllabus IV.

Image: Kirsty Russell, Comfort Weight, 2018. Image courtesy the artist.

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