Sculptural supports and stands will be installed in the space supporting the weight of performers as they manipulate themselves into various forms in the gallery. Debris from past exhibitions, scaffold planks and other structures will be used as a type of staging or sculptural assemblage within the tight confines between wall and window; Performers using this structure to explore every aspect of the gallery.
The space will be active everyday from 6am to midnight for seven days. The selection of poses will change daily as well as the terrain of the gallery. Visitors can experience the piece by either visiting the space or viewing it online via a live web linkup.
"I am interested in the interface between performance and object, I wonder how far you can perform and object before you become one. This is a great opportunity to use some of these ideas and focus on the presentation of the body, as Vitrine's space is all about observing and being observed." Leah Capaldi.
'Prop' is the first exhibition in the VITRINE LIVE season. Over eight weeks artists will be invited to produce new live installation works within Vitrine Gallery’s unique exhibition space (a 16 meter wide window on the public square, visible 24-hours). For the first time, performance will activate the main gallery, imbedded in a complex framework of images within this unusual exhibition space. Artists are invited to explore the crossovers in their practice between live art and the visual field. Subverting the premise of performance within its traditions as an ephemeral medium, the gallery will become an integral part of the work as an environment, backdrop or prop to the performance. Meanwhile, the square itself becomes an arena for display.
Performers: Nina Berclaz, Misa Brzezicki, Ruth Bruce, Raquel Claudino, Fabio Paiva Damianos, Samuel Kennedy, Luisa Lazzaro, Prisca Pagnutti, Claudia Palazzo, Sita Ostheimer, Mayra Stergiou and Ida Di Terlizzi.
Curator Alys Williams
Capaldi (b. UK, 1985) graduated from Royal College of Art in 2010. In 2011, she was selected and exhibited in Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA (London) and SITE Gallery (Sheffield). Other recent exhibitions include EXPOSURE 2010, Parasol Unit, London and Testing Ground: Live, 176 Zabludowicz, London.