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‘Unnatural Wealth’ exhibition & performance – StudioRCA

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Come check out Susannah Stark & Karolina Lebek’s ‘Unnatural Wealth’

Part of the Dusk exhibition series curated by A- – -Z at StudioRCA Riverlight.

Private View: 26 July, 6.30–9pm

Exhibition: 27 July 2017 – 7 September 2017

Performance: Wednesday 9 August, 7–9pm

Susannah Stark and Karolina Lebek present new work exploring empire, language and spam, culminating in a hybrid installation with sound, moving image and live performance, made in various locations in Scotland and London.

Exploring the growth of luxury apartments and residential properties in areas shaped by interwoven histories and the cohabitation of low-income communities, the work will focus on the changing relationship of women to domestic space with regard to such luxury developments – existing as the backdrop for conversation about the relationship to the home, a ‘haunting’ of the idyll. Aiming to recast such architecture as mutating virtual projection, hollowed out and reinserted with voices both real and imagined, there is a constant oscillation between two-and three- dimensions, alluding to material instabilities. Using sound as a sculptural material they aim to bring about a situation where the boundaries of public and private spaces blur and the voices of past and present could interface with one another, creating a palpable illusion of space in the disjunction between digital visuals and low-fi sound effects.

The conversation between the artists will be constructed from multiple sources combining the personal, economic and spiritual into a rotating narration of contradictions inherent in contemporary living.

A little about the artists: 

Karolina Lebek lives and works in London. Her practice is an investigation of the phenomenon of the sacred with particular interest in object oriented ontology and animism. Though desire to capture the affect of memory, Lebek is expressing subtle and perturbing worlds and building her own lexicon of symbolic language which is populated by unspoken narratives, haunting material mysteries and taboo consciousnesses. She graduated in 2016 with an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art. Selected exhibitions include: Identify your limitations, acknowledge your periphery, Vitrine Gallery, Art Basel Jun – Sept 2017 ; MK Calling, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK, Apr – May 2017; Uncertain States, Four Corners Gallery, London, 2015; Sensing Grounds, The Horse Hospital, London, 2015 ; Landscapes of Poland, Project Space, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes (solo show, 2012)

Susannah Stark is an artist from Scotland working with print and sound incorporating issues of voice, power and reappropriation; using layered printed architectural objects and 3D animations as carriers for disembodied voices, spoken word and song that aims to question material hierarchies within a wider decolonial framework. Recent exhibitions include The Minch Market Gallery, Glasgow, April 2017, North East Wis-Dom in ‘Idols and Impossible Structures’ International Print Centre, New York, Jan – April 2017, The Wheel Soundscape Park, New World Symphony, Art Basel in Miami Beach, Dec 2016 North East Wis-Dom Third CAFAM Biennale ‘Negotiating Space’ CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China, Nov 2016 – Jan 2017.

Unit F1
1 Riverlight Quay, Nine Elms Lane

Nearest train/tube:
Vauxhall/ Battersea Park Station

Start date: 26/07/2017
End date: 07/09/2017

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