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
1/20. Salote Tawale, Watching, 2018, Installation view
2/20. occupy and echo (a stage), Installation view
3/20. occupy and echo (a stage), Installation view
4/20. Yorgos Petrou, the inside that (this will be my monument I), 2019, Installation view
5/20. Yorgos Petrou, the inside that (this will be my monument I), 2019, Detail view
6/20. Yorgos Petrou, the inside that (this will be my monument I), 2019, Detail view
7/20. occupy and echo (a stage), Yorgos Petrou, Installation view
8/20. occupy and echo (a stage), Yorgos Petrou and Joanna Piotrowska, Installation view
9/20. occupy and echo (a stage), Joanna Piotrowska, Installation view
10/20. occupy and echo (a stage), Yorgos Petrou, George Haddad and Charlie Sofo, Installation view
11/20. occupy and echo (a stage), Yorgos Petrou and George Haddad, Installation view
12/20. occupy and echo (a stage), George Haddad, Installation view
13/20. occupy and echo (a stage), Nikos Pantazopoulos and Salote Tawale, Installation view
14/20. Nikos Pantazopoulos, Three hands and Brancusi 's spine and Splash, Installation view
15/20. occupy and echo (a stage), Yorgos Petrou, Leila El Rayes + Justine Youssef and Charlie Sofo, Installation view
16/20. occupy and echo (a stage), Yorgos Petrou, Leila El Rayes + Justine Youssef and Charlie Sofo, Installation view
17/20. occupy and echo (a stage), Leila El Rayes + Justine Youssef, Installation view
18/20. occupy and echo (a stage), Leila El Rayes + Justine Youssef, Installation view
19/20. occupy and echo (a stage), Andrew Haining, Installation view
20/20. occupy and echo (a stage), Andrew Haining, Installation view

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