— Curator: Ana Mendes
Rich Mix Cultural Foundation | London E1 6LA | 35-47 Bethnal Green Road | 12 December 2015
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L’Intru (Invaders) is a multidisciplinary exhibition that deals with issues of post-colonialism, capitalism, memory, identity and narration.
The idea of invasion can be spoken about in abstract and concrete terms: the literal denial of entry into a country and the perception of individuals as outsiders combined with the psychological rupture that occurs when one is denied the opportunity to build an identity, nationality and memories. For those who do not have a past, the only possible future lies in-between the fantasy of alienation or the nostalgia of their origins.
Gathering together artists originally from Portugal, UK, Rwanda, Poland, Argentina, Germany, Hungary and Spain, who work in performance, photography, video and installation, L’Intru (Invaders) aims to question these potent issues: postcolonialism, personal and collective memory, capitalism, narration and identity. The exhibition not only asks who the invaders are, it also speaks of the personal narratives that these forces provoke within the individual.
Drawing inspiration from the Shoreditch area, L'Intru tackles down some of the most difficult issues that Londoners face at the moment: gentrification, liberalism and capitalism. Test your limits with the works of Justyna Scheuring, Ishimwa Muhimanyi, Ana Mendes or Rosana Antoli.
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Finding Money / Outdoors / 12pm / Free: During a residency at Gasworks / Open School East, the artists Carla Cruz and Antonio Contador developed the second moment of a project that explores the implications of finding money in the streets. For the L’Intru (Invaders) exhibition they will conduct a participative project, dealing with issues of money, politics and poetics in the neighbourhood of Shoreditch.
This walking-performance will depart from the Rich Mix foyer and will take place in the surrounding streets. It is followed by an artist-talk at Rich Mix, at 4 pm.
Opening of the exhibition L’Intru (Invaders) / 3pm / Free: Welcome notes by Ana Mendes, guided visit to the exhibition and presentation of the performance program.
Street Money / Performance/Talk / 4pm / Free: Artists Carla Cruz and Antonio Contador will share with audience members the out come of Finding Money, addressing also the problematic of finding money in the streets.
It takes courage and breath to speak up / Video / 6pm: The video reflects upon the term 'parrhesia', which implies not only freedom of speech, but also the obligation to speak the truth for the common good, even at personal risk.
Running time: 5:59 mins
I Want a President / Performance / 6pm: Participative performance, in which audience members will be invited to come on stage and read parts of the discourse I Want a President, written by Zoe Leonard, in 1992. Running time: 20 mins
Foreigners’ Dance / Performance / 6.30pm: The Foreigners Dance, a performance by Scheuring, questions places of immigration, integration and language. Painting her face, palm and feet in fluorescent orange, the floor decorated in vaguely tribal patterns, she draws attention to common perceptions of exoticism, otherness and acceptance. Running time: 20 mins
Map Series / Performance/Installation / 7.15pm: Map Series by Ana Mendes is the starting point for the conception of L’Intru. Map Series is a performance in which Mendes considers her identity as a Portuguese citizen facing a post-colonial context. In this performance-installation, Mendes stitches old paper maps of the former colonies the British Empire. Running time: 60 mins
Niyizi / Performance / 8.15pm: Genocide, survival and laughter. With poignant humour, dancer Ishimwa examines the irrational ideas he adopted as a child to help him get over the death of this mother. Dancer Ishimwa speaks on identity, memory and his native Rwanda in this powerful work. Running time: 60 mins
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How do You Say Goodbye / Performance / Free: How Do You Say Goodbye is a participatory game that invites the audience to share with the other the people/object/memory they would like to say goodbye to. A gesture will later on be performed.
Sockets’ Market Exchange / Performance / Free: David Cameron claimed that he could live with 7 pounds per day. Sockets’ Market Exchange is a participatory work in which 7 people will be given 7 pounds to buy the most essential products of their lives.
WALKATIVE. From Mile End to the City / Video / Free: Mile End neighbourhood has been pointed as the failure zone of capitalism.
Graham is unemployed. He is a local from Mile End, in East London. In this work Graham dances through two adjacent boroughs with huge political, economic and social contrast.
Kaliber 50 Cent / Object / Free: For Kaliber 50 Cent, 150 50-cent coins will be taken out of the economic cycle and melted into 50 brass bullets for small arms, producing a limited edition of cartridges.
Deposit II / Object / Free: Franziska Becher collected bank notes of European nations' former currencies, those countries which now belong to the Eurozone, for every country one postcard.
Crossfade / Video / Free: Crossfade by Mario Asef focuses on two types of mass migration between South America and Europe, comparing the process of population expansion in human beings with the expansion dynamics of populations in the nature: an ant colony.
spot keeper / Installation / Free: Annamaria Kardos' new text installation investigates our socio-economic everyday and how we manoeuvre oversubscribed agendas. Her work invades our mental framing as words become props to reflect and construct.
The People’s Collection / Performance/Photography / Free: The People’s Collection is a project that plays in-between photography, performance and activism. It deals with postcolonism, memory and identity, and deals with the content of ethnographic museums around the world.
The Subject of Invasion: The story of humanity is made of up invasions, their continuous movements shaping the world around us. From the Romans to the Austro-Hungary Empire, American advertising or contemporary Russia, nations, communities and socio-political forces are constantly attempting to overtake and break down established borders.
These invasions occur due to an economical need, the pressure to survive, a religious belief, or a desire for power. We are all aware of these historical movements, however there also exists more intimate invasions that exist on a local, personal scale. Fragmentation, fusion, dislocation, invasion and overlap are actions that are felt in everyday life, in the private minds of the individuals living in a respective context.
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