Every Breath You Take - an exhibition by Alice Morey
Curated by Linda Toivio
Opening reception : Friday 11 September, 2020, 6-10 pm
* Performance : Friday 11 September, 7-7:30 pm *
Exhibition period : September 11 - 26, 2020
Thu - Sat 2 - 6 pm
The title Every Breath You Take is a direct reference to The Police's hit from 1983, known as one of the most famous love songs in the world, despite its openly sinister lyrics. Abuse and stalking masked as love and devotion, in song and in real life. In contrast and in the context of this exhibition, conscious breathing is also central to healing, as it refers to the idea of releasing unprocessed traumas and patterns which no longer serve us, through the simple action of inhaling and exhaling.
Although the concept for Every Breath You Take took form in a private exchange between two women, it reaches beyond a personal recollection of abuse. It narrates a collective experience of suffering, loss and survival, present not only in ourselves, but also our surroundings. Selected parts of the works presented by Alice Morey were created during a collaborative art residency at Heilstätte Grabowsee, an old sanatorium built in 1896, north of Berlin. As most abandoned places, the hospital with its echoes of collective trauma has been taken over by nature, connecting each artwork to the four elements; earth, water, air and fire.
Morey's kinetic and skin-like latex sculptures suggest that both humans and inanimate objects bare traces of past events. Exposed to the harshness of the ancient ship, the delicate silks, the softness of the wool and the pastel colours provide a temporary safe environment, where we reveal the secrets we never told and the memories we chose to forget. The audience will be encouraged to touch, move and feel in the space. Through its participatory nature, the exhibition is aiming to offer an opportunity of release and renewal, transforming fear into action and power.
The sculptures will be activated at the opening reception.
Performance on Friday 11 September, 7-7:30 pm
While the audience is invited to enter the boat's interior, to discover the cracks and caves of the wooden floor boards and metal waves, a group of sound artists will be scattered amongst them. The activation process will then begin with a ceremony, with sounds performed by Laure Boer, Yannik Dörnte, Jannis Feigl, Rachel Margetts, Aisling Marnane, Juliana Napier, Sebastian Völkers, Samuel Weikopf and Zwek.
Binding them together is the shared art residency this summer at Grabowsee sanatorium. Co-organised by Alice Morey, the residency offers a space for collaboration and community, which she considers as an important process for healing past wounds. Thus, she felt it was necessary to incorporate this specific experience and energy into the environment during the opening.
Throughout the evening, the audience is invited to write a word or sentence on the white tiles of the water feature. Something to think about. Something needed. Something never said.
Guests are requested to wear a mask and provide the organisers with their name, address and phone number (according to the guidelines available at www.berlin.de/corona/).
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Alice Morey (b. 1986 London) is a Berlin and London-based interdisciplinary artist, with an MA from Chelsea College of Art, London and a BA in Painting from the University of Brighton. She is the founder and curator of an alternative collaborative art residency, 'Countdown Grabowsee' (Globe Gallery), in an abandoned hospital North of Berlin. She is represented by Lehmann + Silva in Porto. Recent solo exhibitions include "She Doesn't Love, She Just Devours", The RYDER Projects, London (2019), “Dirty Laundry” curated by Sonja Teszler, Wells Projects, London (2019) and a site-specific collaborative project "When the Stage Turns Dark Tomorrow" at L A 54, Berlin (2019). Morey belongs to three active collectives: Portland (UK), TEETH (UK/DE) and Puppetmaster (DE)
“Her installations place heavy emphasis on the creative process behind them. Her objective is to transport the viewers into a parallel universe where they can let go of their preconceptions and consequently introspect. The end result incites reflection on current societal structures and future scenarios.
The artist is interested in the passage of time. She finds beauty in decay and contrasts it with pain. She has been juxtaposing natural and artificial materials for years in order to explore the concept of change. Her performative work could be compared to rituals, as she undertakes actions charged with symbolism in a ceremonial tone. She acts either as an alchemist or a contemporary witch who manipulates natural processes. She explores the creativity behind rituals and their role in the historical and cultural processes which underly our society.”
Extract from a recent interview written by Curator and Sotheby’s alumni Luz Hitters for HIT² (www.hitxhit.co.uk/en/articles)
Tuesday 27 October 2020 at 15:00h
at Knesebeckstrasse 96
Friday 11 September 2020 at 22:00h
at Hauptstrasse 3
Friday 23 October 2020 at 00:00h