Lupo Borgonovo, Leila El Rayes + Justine Youssef, George Haddad, Andrew Haining, Pilar Mata Dupont, Nikos Pantazopoulos, Yorgos Petrou, Joanna Piotrowska, Lisa Radford, Charlie Sofo, Curtis Talwst Santiago and Salote Tawale, occupy and echo ( a stage ), curated by Tom Polo, 28 November, 2019–8 February, 2020
1/55. Lisa Radford, Encore 1, 2019, text delivered daily to gallery, edition of 16
2/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Installation view
3/55. Salote Tawale, Watching, 2018, Installation view
4/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Installation view
5/55. Lisa Radford, Encore 3, 2019, text delivered daily to gallery, edition of 16
6/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Installation view
7/55. Lisa Radford, Encore 2, 2019, text delivered daily to gallery, edition of 16
8/55. Yorgos Petrou, the inside that (this will be my monument I), 2019, Installation view
9/55. Yorgos Petrou, the inside that (this will be my monument I), 2019, Detail view
10/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Yorgos Petrou, Installation view
11/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Yorgos Petrou and George Haddad, Installation view
12/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Yorgos Petrou and George Haddad, Installation view
13/55. occupy and echo (a stage), George Haddad, Installation view
14/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Yorgos Petrou, George Haddad and Charlie Sofo, Installation view
15/55. Lisa Radford, Encore 4, 2019, text delivered daily to gallery, edition of 16
16/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Yorgos Petrou, Leila El Rayes + Justine Youssef and Charlie Sofo, Installation view
17/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Leila El Rayes + Justine Youssef, Installation view
18/55. Lisa Radford, Encore 5, 2019, text delivered daily to gallery, edition of 16
19/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Nikos Pantazopoulos and Salote Tawale, Installation view
20/55. Nikos Pantazopoulos, and Splash, Installation view
21/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Joanna Piotrowska, Installation view
22/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Joanna Piotrowska, Installation view
23/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Joanna Piotrowska, Installation view
24/55. Lisa Radford, Encore 6, 2019, text delivered daily to gallery, edition of 16
25/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Yorgos Petrou and Joanna Piotrowska, Installation view
26/55. Lisa Radford, Encore 7, 2019, text delivered daily to gallery, edition of 16
27/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Lupo Borgonovo and Joanna Piotrowska, Installation view
28/55. Lisa Radford, Encore 8, 2019, text delivered daily to gallery, edition of 16
29/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Installation view
30/55. Lisa Radford, Encore 9, 2019, text delivered daily to gallery, edition of 16
31/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Lupo Borgonovo, Joanna Piotrowska and George Haddad, Installation view
32/55. occupy and echo (a stage), George Haddad and Joanna Piotrowska, Installation view
33/55. occupy and echo (a stage), George Haddad, Installation view
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35/55. Lisa Radford, Encore 10, 2019, text delivered daily to gallery, edition of 16
36/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Andrew Haining, Installation view
37/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Andrew Haining, Installation view
38/55. Lisa Radford, Encore 10, 2019, four parts, edition of 16
39/55. Lisa Radford, Encore 11, 2019, text delivered daily to gallery, edition of 16
40/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Andrew Haining, Installation view
41/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Andrew Haining, Installation view
42/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Lupo Borgonovo, Installation view
43/55. Lisa Radford, Encore 12, 2019, text delivered daily to gallery, edition of 16
44/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Nikos Pantazopoulos, Lupo Borgonovo and Andrew Haining, Installation view
45/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Lupo Borgonovo, Installation view
46/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Lupo Borgonovo, Installation view
47/55. Lisa Radford, Encore 13, 2019, text delivered daily to gallery, edition of 16
48/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Lupo Borgonovo, Installation view
49/55. Lisa Radford, Encore 14, 2019, text delivered daily to gallery, edition of 16
50/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Lupo Borgonovo and Yorgos Petrou, Installation view
51/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Yorgos Petrou, Installation view
52/55. occupy and echo (a stage), Lupo Borgonovo, Installation view
53/55. Lisa Radford, Encore 15, 2019, text delivered daily to gallery, edition of 16
54/55. Curtis Talwst Santiago, Who playing Mas?, 2018, watercolour, aerosol and charcoal on paper, framed, 87.6 × 67.3 × 3.8 cm.
55/55. Lisa Radford, Encore 14, 2019, text delivered daily to gallery, edition of 16

pale wrists bash at baby born temples in monuments to medicine and we shriek and explode and fluff and melt our limbs into one another our limbs with one another until skin shed is pages from an important book ripped with one hand and peppered on a driveway a shared zone like they say where man beast wheel curtsy and dance around the inexplicable selfie extreme dragging dreams with lazy fingers down a screen to secure a state of trance a drapery some minimalist exclusion that finally finally finally is the one then quickly quickly isn’t the one but gosh you tried, babe.

—George Haddad

 

occupy and echo (a stage) presents the work of twelve artists across the two spaces and online platforms of ReadingRoom, Melbourne.

Within their projects, participating artists consider how space is activated and archived, and, imagined or made by the body.

Aligning the gallery space to the modes and gestures of a theatre and of staging, the exhibited works move between multiple exchanges and actions, to create a narrative that unfolds throughout the exhibition’s duration.

Further Reading

occupy and echo (a stage), ReadingRoom, Melbourne, 28 November, 2019–8 February 2020

Colophon

 

With thanks to all participating artists, Scott Lawrie, Margaret Moore, Phillida Reid, Andrew Judd, John Elammar, Rebekah Chozick, Grace Learner and Tim Hillier

 

Pilar Mata Dupont
appears courtesy of Moore Contemporary, Perth

 

Nikos Pantazopoulos
appears courtesy Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art

 

Joanna Piotrowska
appears courtesy Southard Reid, London

 

Charlie Sofo
appears courtesy Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

 

Curtis Talwst Santiago
appears courtesy Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York