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SPIKE ISLAND

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Click to enlargeMAEVE BRENNAN : THE DRIFT
Jul 8 - Sep 17, 2017
Spike Island presents a major new film commission, The Drift, by London and Beirut based artist Maeve Brennan. The film is produced by Chisenhale Gallery, London and Spike Island, Bristol and commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery; Spike Island; The Whitworth, The University of Manchester; and Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore.
 
In The Drift, Brennan traces the shifting economies of objects in contemporary Lebanon. The film moves between three main characters: the gatekeeper of the Roman temples of Niha in the Beqaa Valley; a young mechanic from Britel, a village known for trading automobile parts; and an archaeological conservator working at the American University of Beirut.
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IMAN ISSA : MATERIAL FOR 2018
Feb 17 - Apr 15, 2018
The work of Iman Issa explores the relationship between history, memory, language and objects. Working across sculpture, text, video, photography and sound, Issa questions the possibility of addressing the collective through individual experience. She is interested in how forms can carry personal and political significance, often making reference to places, figures or events that have a personal resonance.
 
For her exhibition at Spike Island, Issa presents Material (2010–12) a series of ‘displays’ that question the function of public sculpture and monuments. The series makes reference to existing public monuments which she strips back to their essential elements and reimagines into other forms, triggering a chain of associations that go beyond the original object and its meanings.
 
The exhibition is a collaboration with Bielefelder Kunstverien, Germany.

ALEX CECCHETTI : AT THE GATES OF THE MUSIC PALACE
May 5 - Jul 8, 2018
Private view Fri May 4 6pm - 9pm
Alex Cecchetti’s first UK solo exhibition brings together performance, drawing, painting, sculpture and sound installation, turning Spike Island’s gallery space into a three-dimensional concert. Visitors are invited to contribute to the musical score as they make their way through an unexpected sensory pathway.

ZOň PAUL : LA PERMA-PERLA KRAAL EMPOR
May 5 - Jul 8, 2018
Private view Fri May 4 6pm - 9pm
ZoŽ Paul works primarily with sculpture, textile and drawing to explore the character of domestic spaces, both in architectural and social terms, and in particular, the point where the threshold between the interior and the exterior seems to disappear. Paul’s exhibition at Spike Island evolves around La Perma-Perla Kraal Emporium, a collaborative work that invites visitors to sit around a long table and make clay beads, thereby becoming the work at the same time as creating it.

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