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New artwork by Jade Montserrat: Price on Request

Wed 29th March - Sat 5th May 2018

Artist Jade Montserrat, our PhD scholar at the University of Central Lancashire, is participating in a new group exhibition there’s something in the conversation that is more interesting than the finality of (a title) at the Showroom London.

The exhibition has grown out of a year-long exchange between eight artists selected to participate in the artist associates programme Holding Space. Taking the conversation beyond this framework into the space of an exhibition, there’s something in the conversation that is more interesting than the finality of (a title) seeks to articulate and embody some of the common areas of concern emerging from the artists’ shared dialogues and individual processes of research.

Jade’s work titled Price on Request, responds to access, invisibility, abuse, violence; and is a filmed documentation of a drawing installation performed to camera at The Showroom on 17 March 2018, one week before the opening, which can only be viewed in the exhibition once the work has been purchased.

In the performance Jade uses charcoal to draw directly onto the gallery wall, appropriating fragments of text extracted from the psychiatric case studies in Frantz Fanon’s book The Wretched of the Earth, 1961. The film consists of the drawing performance followed by a gallery technician 'making-good' the wall by painting over it.

For the duration of the exhibition, the screen intended for showing the work is mounted on the same east-facing wall in the gallery space, ready for activation. The blank screen, an object without power, might suggest to the viewer that the object is broken. Should the viewer’s curiosity be piqued they might engage an invigilator in conversation regarding the working order of the screen, at which point the invigilator will present the Conditions of Sale document which outlines how the work can be viewed.

Proceeds from the sale of Price on Request will be donated equally to the following charities: Arts EmergencySisters UncutAction for Trans HealthBlack Lives MatterCoDA and The Rainbow Centre, Scarborough.

Exhibition runs from 28 March – 5 May 2018 at the Showroom London.

The Showroom 63 Penfold Street London NW8 8PQ
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