OPEN STUDIO 12-6PM
3 - 4pm: Fatima Uzdenova Tea with the artist
Touching upon themes of migration, displacement, and the quest for identity, artist Fatima Uzdenova has furthered her research on colonial botany through audio-visual recordings of her explorations from Vauxhall to Kew Gardens. This afternoon, Uzdenova invites the audience to join her for tea in the Open Studio to discuss and reflect on the uprooting and regrounding of plants that she investigates in her practice.
4 - 5:30pm: Reading Group: Poetry by Belinda Zhawi
The title Re: Over everything which exists under the sky quotes Belinda Zhawi’s Dear Whinchat, a poem that touches upon themes of displacement and belonging from the perspective of a migrating bird. As a point of departure for this reading group, Zhawi’s writing expands on themes such as the concepts of home and migration, and their relation to poetry, spoken word and art.
During the day: Mati Jhurry Phone call
Mati Jhurry is currently undertaking a durational covert performance; a long term commitment in which she works full-time as a cabin crew member for an international airline. During the Open Studio, Jhurry will check-in with the curatorial residents through video calls and share her experiences with the audience. The calls will reflect on the collapse of the boundaries between life and art in her travelings across countries while facing the demanding realities of her labour.
Re: Over everything which exists under the sky is a collaborative and interdisciplinary project taking place at Gasworks from October 2018 to May 2019. A group of international curating students from the Royal College of Art has initiated the first curatorial residency at Gasworks to run alongside the institution’s long-established international artist residency programme. Over an eight-month period the curators-in-residence are transforming Gasworks’ Participation Space into a temporary research studio, questioning what it means to be a resident in both the art world and the wider geopolitical context of restricted mobility.