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ArtLacuna is an artist-led space established in May 2013, located in an old coroner's office near Clapham Junction. It accommodates artist studios, a residency and research program, as well as project and exhibition space.
Invasion Manual or How To Act In Extreme Situations and Instances Of War
Klāvs Kurpnieks (Latvia), Anna Salmane (Latvia), Krišs Salmanis (Latvia), Monika Srodon (Poland), Muriel Baumgartner (Switzerland), Davide Fensi (Italy), P Mulligan (United Kingdom), Chris Ratcliffe (United Kingdom), Holly Stevenson (United Kingdom), Emma Wood (United Kingdom).
EXHIBITION PRIVATE VIEW Thursday, 15 December, 6-9pm
There will be a performance on the evening of the Private View at 8pm, by Davide Fensi and the cellist Lidia Alonso, of Davide Fensi’s “RISORGIMENTA(L)VARIATION” REVISITATION OF A COUNTRY.
EXHBITION RUN Friday-Sunday, 16-18 December, 11am-5pm
In early 2015 The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence distributed a manual informing its population on How to Act in Extreme Situations and Instances of War. A response to the destabilisation of the region caused by Russian intervention in Ukraine. For Lithuania, invasion a recent memory, there was a real sense that they could be next. On 28th October 2016 the manual was re-issued for the third time. Each re-issue marks a renewed sense of vulnerability, this time heightened by the results of recent elections: ‘Brexit’ has challenged the EU’s future integrity, and the election of Donald Trump raising questions about the future of NATO, with worrying implications for the stability of the region.
The exhibition recasts the manual as a subjective space for horror, reflection or resistance, inviting 10 contributors to produce their own content for it. Each artist has given their own personal response; in the current context of ‘fake-news’ (incubated in the Ukrainian conflict) negotiating a path through fact and fiction, through personal and proximate responses. The responses, in the form of sculptures, performance, scores, posters, videos, maps, essays, paintings, take the form of a printed manual, Invasion Manual, the gallery becoming an information and distribution centre.
MulliganSalmane have collaborated previously, most recently on The Visitors (2016), at NX Project Space in collaboration with Goldsmiths University and Estonian Art Biennale 'Artishock' (2014). Here they bring together ten artists, all working internationally, and all sharing a poetic, questioning, implicitly political approach to their practice. These include Krišs Salmanis (artist) who represented Latvia at the 55th VENICE BIENNALE, his short film "Swelter" recently shown at the 60th INTERNATIONAL BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL. Holly Stevenson (artist and writer) recent publications include Neo-Truth Work commissioned by Scott Masonfor a final account information (2014). Muriel Baumgartner (artist), recent extensive solo show at the KUNSTHAUS LANGENTAL (2014), and was invited to participate in an exhibition project at CABARET VOLTAIRE in collaboration with HANS-ULRICH OBRIST (2015). Davide Fensi (composer, recent) commissions include for the “2agosto” Association for 70th Italian Resistance Anniversary, broadcast by RAI TV and Radio (2013).