Abri de Swardt

‘Blend the Acclaim of your Chant with the Timbrels’ @ Jerwood Space, Jul 12

11 July 2016

The ‘Blend the Acclaim of your Chant with the Timbrels’ group event, curated by George Vasey, is on at London’s Jerwood Space on July 12.

Featuring performances, screenings and stories told by Abri de Swardt, Anneke Kampman, Quentin Lannes, Beth Kettel, Shona Macnaughton and Josh Wilson. ‘Blend the Acclaim of your Chant’ is a part of Jerwood Staging Series, a wider effort to contextualise and present several event-based exhibitions by emerging artists.

Ranging from a video piece that explores the disembodied characters in the world of virtual boxing by Lannes, (‘The Next Round’ (2016)), to a cumulative performance of “the perfect school girl” by Macnaughton and De Swardt’s new film, ‘Ridder Thirst’ —incorporating a dense narrative lapsing between English and Afrikaans— the event seems to present itself things that layer.

See the Jerwood website for more details.**

Abri de Swardt, SPF Matthew Barney (2015) @ White Cubicle Toilet Gallery.
Abri de Swardt, SPF Matthew Barney (2015). Courtesy the artist and White Cubicle Toilet Gallery.
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Abri de Swardt @ White Cubicle Toilet Gallery, Nov 26

26 November 2015

Abri de Swardt‘s SPF Matthew Barney exhibition is on at London’s White Cubicle Toilet Gallery on November 26.

As the tenth of eleven exhibitions at the toilet-cum-gallery at the George and Dragon pub in Shoreditch, the Johannesburg-born artist will show work for one night in the 1.40 x 1.40m space presented with no budget, staff or boundaries.

The event will include a DJ set by the @gaybar project, and follows recent exhibitions including ones by John Walter, and Steven Warwick (aka Heatsick).

See the FB event page for details.**

Abri de Swardt, Catapult Screensaver (2013). Installation view, MOT Projects.
Abri de Swardt, Catapult Screensaver (2013). Installation view, MOT Projects.

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Man Magnet Melancholy @ Ffrigidaire, Nov 9 – Dec 9

8 November 2014

Ffrigidaire welcomes its first two contributors for Man Magnet Melancholy, running at the Fernholme Road Living Project from November 9 to December 9.

The featured contributors are the South African-born Abri de Swardt, splitting his time between Johannesburg and London, and the Hong-Kong born Zoe Marden, who founded the Corretger5 project space in 2010 and, later, the ccthenr experimental research platform. Where Swardt’s collages explore digitization and memory, “the tumblrification of knowledge and erotohistiography in ways at once occult and baroque”, Marden’s work takes on more collaborative processes and more performative practices, exploring collective formations of identity through art practice.

The two-artist exhibition has, in turn, five curators, all of whom work as artists, writers and curators in their own right, including artist and New Inquiry Art Editor Jesse Darling, artist Sarah Boulton, In the Wake-curator and artist Julia Marchand, writer and poet Sophie Jung and Elene Abashidze, who previously curated a show titled Same Same that featured Darling and collaborator Takeshi Shiomitsu and, later, a text by Marchand published as part of the exhibition.

See the Man Magnet Melancholy FB exhibition page for details. **

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