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The Koppel Project Hive Gallery

26-30 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2AT
24 Sept - 29 Oct 2021


Naz Balkaya, Darya Diamond, Rafael Perez Evans, Gianna T, Esther Merinero

Curated by

trans-curatorial collective

MEATSPACE is a group exhibition that challenges our understanding of the body, rethinking its notion by blurring the taxonomies and norms based on binary structures. Bodies appear to have become fixed entities; tied to default mechanisms and structures designed to nurture the capital. Yet this exhibition alienates itself from this foundation by addressing the body as an indefinite container of experiences, encounters, wounds, gestures, and, more importantly, as a tool for shaping a new culture of collective care.

Meatspace constitutes the exhibition as a living body that mutates steadily through unforeseen rituals of relation. The term Meatspace, born in cyberpunk literature back in the 80s, refers to the revival of real life’s instincts over the mechanical basis of virtual spaces. In this regard, the show investigates how our bodies act and counteract in relation to labour, physical and digital spaces shaped on behalf of the neoliberal system.

Mixed media and performative interventions inhabit the gallery space as vivid organisms and invite the spectator to interact viscerally with their surroundings. This way, the exhibition becomes an inclusive space for dismantling the capitalist conception of the individual’s self-assertion - seeking to build up a communal and cooperative nurturing space of coexistence. By disclosing fictional narratives and interrogating the ethics of real foundations, artworks explore and uphold radical concerns of our world that urgently need to be perceived, and actively addressed, differently.

Performance schedule - PV 23 Sept 2021:

· Swimming in My Own Ocean, Gianna T 6.50 pm
· Room 303, Naz Balkaya 7.30 pm

Photo © Rocio Chacon

Meatspace is supported by Arts Council England.

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