Gas Imaginary (#iteration 2) works on paper in ‘A Special Arrow was Shot in the Neck’, David Roberts Art Foundation, London

PRESS RELEASE – MAY 2014

CURATORS’ SERIES #7. A SPECIAL ARROW WAS SHOT IN THE NECK…
13 JUNE – 2 AUGUST 2014
PRESS PREVIEW: THURDAY 12 JUNE, 6–7PM
OPENING RECEPTION: THURDAY 12 JUNE, 7–9PM

A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck… is the seventh edition of the DRAF Curators’ Series, with guest curators Natasha Ginwala (b. 1985, India) and Vivian Ziherl (b. 1982,  Australia), co-founders of the ongoing curatorial research project Landings.
This group exhibition brings together a range of international artists, poets and choreographers; including Etel Adnan, Boyle Family, Chandralekha, Bonita Ely, Simone Forti, Ganesh Haloi, Camille Henrot, Yee I-Lann, Juma-adi, The Otolith Group (Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun), Selma and Sofiane Ouissi, Prabhakar Pachpute and Dashrath
Patel, with research contributions by Filipa César, Simryn Gill, Angela Melitopoulos & Angela Anderson and Rachel O’Reilly.

Modernity, as a human endeavour, has drawn up the categories by which Land is divided and placed it under a contract of subjugation. How might the current order of material progress be infiltrated by the agency of Land as a narrative substance? Facing the geographic imperatives of capital stand the claims of Land as a living archive, as political matter, and as corporeal agent. (Vivian Ziherl and Natasha Ginwala, 2014.)

A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck… engages artistic practices that approach Land as a language-form of kinship, affect, and decolonial resistance. Bonita Ely’s 1970s weavings of the salinating Murray-Darling River constellate with Indonesian artist Juma-adi’s errant figures bearing the burden of displaced geography. The Malaysian archipelago is a matrix of socio-political memory in the Batik works of Yee I-Lann, while the repetitive  hand gestures of rural women ceramicists form a movement-score in the work of Tunisian choreographers Selma and Sofiane Ouissi. The abstract paintings and illustrations of Ganesh Haloi draw together symmetries of the organic world with an archaeological
imaginary, while desert fault lines converge in the seismic narrations of Californian ‘earthquake sensitives’ in the Otolith Group’s film Medium Earth. The exhibition will also feature a new site-specific mural by Indian artist Prabhakar Pachpute, responding to the DRAF gallery space. A screening of The Otolith Group’s Medium Earth (2013) will take place at Rio Cinema, Dalston on Tuesday 22 July.

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