Curated by Justine Do Espirito Santo
25 January – 10 March 2018
The Koppel Project Hive & Baker Street
Private View: 24th January 2018, 6-8pm at Baker Street
Part I – The Koppel Project Baker St
Chelsea Culprit | Penny Goring
Rachel Jones | Jessie Makinson
Jala Wahid | Zoe Williams
Part II – The Koppel Project Hive
Lotte Andersen | Shana Moulton
The Koppel Project is pleased to present Breaking Shells, a group exhibition curated by Justine Do Espirito Santo. Bringing together nine contemporary artists, the show examines the body from a female perspective.
The exhibition takes over the two Koppel Project galleries, Baker Street and The Hive, to present two distinct but continuous explorations of this subject.
Part I, at Baker Street, explores narratives and representations of the body, both from a historical and a contemporary point of view. The artists examine subjects including the relationship between body and identity; how female bodies are represented in art, history, and pop culture; clichés surrounding black bodies; taboos and ideas about sexuality, sex work, and fetishism; the relationship between body and language. Together, the display takes the viewer into a universe merging past and present, where the body, omnipresent, is in turn scrutinised, idealised, objectified, and empowered.
In Part II, at The Hive, Breaking Shells creates a space where the body can set itself free from the social and cultural constraints examined in Part I. Through videos, installations, and immersive works, the artists invite us to embrace individual and collective sensorial experience and bodily expression. It is a celebration of flesh, emotions, sense, movement, and euphoria, advocating physicality and movement as acts of resistance.
The exhibition includes sculptures, paintings, drawings, videos, and installations never previously presented in London as well as specially commissioned artworks.
It is accompanied by an illustrated publication comprising an essay by Gabriella Pounds and images selected by the artists.
This exhibition was generously supported by:
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Valentine’s at The Hive | Sticks and stones may break my bones but pop will make me stronger
14th February from 6pm to 9pm
A special event of art and music as part of the exhibition Breaking Shells featuring music specially selected and commissioned by artist and art director Lotte Andersen.
6-7pm: free entrance and tour of the exhibition, followed by drink reception
7-8.30pm: Dj set by Lotte Andersen. The artist will play a set of special songs to accompany her video installation ‘Dance Therapy: Do it once, do it right, 2018’, and guests will be invited to dance within the work. The playlist will be comprised of music selected by the artist as well as specially commissioned songs by her musician friends.
LOCATION: The Koppel Project Hive, 26 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2AT
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