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SPIKE ISLAND

133 Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6UX
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Tues-Sun 12-5 During Exhibitions

Bristol Temple Meads / Bus 506 to Cumberland Road

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Click to enlargeIMAN 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.

CHRISTOPHER KULENDRAN THOMAS : NEW EELAM: BRISTOL
Jan 19 - Mar 24, 2019
New Eelam is a real estate technology company founded by artist Christopher Kulendran Thomas in order to develop a global housing subscription based on collective co-ownership rather than individually owned private property. Initiated as a long-term artwork in the form of a startup, the venture has brought together an interdisciplinary team of specialists across the fields of technology, art, real estate, finance and architecture to explore how a more liquid form of citizenship could be constructed beyond national boundaries.

MAI-THU PERRET : THE BLAZING WORLD
Jan 19 - Mar 24, 2019
Mai-Thu Perret’s multidisciplinary practice intertwines seemingly diverse traditions such as Modernism, the Arts and Crafts movement, and Eastern spiritualities. In 1999 Perret created The Crystal Frontier, a fictional all-women commune located in the New Mexico desert. The story of this autonomous community provides the framework for Perret’s interest in radical feminist politics and the objects she presents often masquerade as the ‘hypothetical production’ of the women inside The Crystal Frontier.

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