Exhibition: Curators’ Series #7. A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck… By Vivian Ziherl and Natasha Ginwala (13 Jun – 2 Aug 2014)

Exhibition Date:

Curator’s Tour with Vivian Ziherl: Tuesday 22 July, 1pm. Free, no booking required.

A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck… is the seventh edition of the DRAF Curators’ Series, with guest curators Natasha Ginwala (b. 1985, India) and Vivian Ziherl (b. 1982, Australia), co-founders of the ongoing curatorial research project Landings. Previous participants in the series include Raimundas Malasauskas (Lithuania), Mathieu Copeland (UK) and Pablo Leon de la Barra (Mexico).

This group exhibition brings together a range of international artists, poets and choreographers; including Etel Adnan, Boyle Family, Chandralekha, Bonita Ely, Simone Forti, Ganesh Haloi, Camille Henrot, Yee I-Lann, Juma-adi, The Otolith Group, Prabhakar Pachpute, Dashrath Patel, Selma and Sofiane Ouissi with research contributions by Angela Melitopoulos & Angela Anderson, Filipa César, Simryn Gill and Rachel O’Reilly.

“History doesn’t drive on camels anymore but it’s still eating dust. Communication lines, since, are buried deep under the skin.”  Etel Adnan, Seasons, 2008.

Modernity, as a human endeavour over Land, has drawn up the categories by which territory is divided and placed under a contract of subjugation. How might the current order of material progress then be infiltrated by the agency of Land as a narrative substance? Facing the geographic imperative of capital stand the claims of Land as a living archive, as political matter, and as corporeal agent.

A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck…engages artistic practices that approach Land as a language-form of kinship, affect, and decolonial resistance. Bonita Ely’s 1970s etchings of the salinating Murray-Darling River constellate with Indonesian artist Juma-adi’s errant figures bearing the burden of displaced geography. The South-East Asian archipelago is a matrix of socio-political memory in the Batik works of Yee I-Lann, while the repetitive hand gestures of rural women ceramics-makers form a movement-score in the work of Tunisian choreographers Selma and Sofiane Ouissi.

The abstract paintings and illustrations of Ganesh Haloi draw together symmetries of the organic world with an archaeological imaginary. The exhibition will also feature a new site-specific mural by Indian artist Prabhakar Pachpute, responding to the DRAF gallery space.

An accompanying presentation of artistic research and archival materials will assemble references examining the subjective conditions of extraction. Desert fault lines converge in the seismic narrations of Californian ‘earthquake sensitives’ in the Otolith Group’s film Medium Earth, (2013) screened at Rio Cinema, Dalston on Tuesday 22 July, 6.15pm.

With thanks to The Map House, London; Milani Gallery, Brisbane; Experimenta, Bangalore; Akar Prakar, Kolkata and LUX Artists Moving Image, London for their support of the exhibition.

DRAF Curators’ Series is supported by Arts Council England.

Download the full exhibition leaflet below.

 

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  • Camille Henrot, Cynopolis, 2007-9, video Super 8 film and DVDCAM (10 min). Installation view at DRAF, London, 2014. © ADAGP Camille Henrot. Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    1/18Camille Henrot, Cynopolis, 2007-9, video Super 8 film and DVDCAM (10 min). Installation view at DRAF, London, 2014. © ADAGP Camille Henrot. Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Installation view of 'Curators’ Series #7. A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck…' at DRAF, London, 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    2/18Installation view of 'Curators’ Series #7. A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck…' at DRAF, London, 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Etel Adnan, Untitled, c. 2000, oil on canvas, Untitled, c. 2000, oil on canvas and Untitled, 2004, ink on paper. Installation view at DRAF, London, 2014. Courtesy Callicoon Fine Arts, New York. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    3/18Etel Adnan, Untitled, c. 2000, oil on canvas, Untitled, c. 2000, oil on canvas and Untitled, 2004, ink on paper. Installation view at DRAF, London, 2014. Courtesy Callicoon Fine Arts, New York. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Installation view of 'Curators’ Series #7. A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck…' at DRAF, London, 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    4/18Installation view of 'Curators’ Series #7. A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck…' at DRAF, London, 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Dashrath Patel, Madhubani/Mithila Photographs, 1960s. Installation view at DRAF, London, 2014. Courtesy Sadanand Menon. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    5/18Dashrath Patel, Madhubani/Mithila Photographs, 1960s. Installation view at DRAF, London, 2014. Courtesy Sadanand Menon. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Dashrath Patel, Product photographs from Sewapuri Workshops, Design and Ceramic Studios. Installation view at DRAF, London, 2014. Courtesy Sadanand Menon. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    6/18Dashrath Patel, Product photographs from Sewapuri Workshops, Design and Ceramic Studios. Installation view at DRAF, London, 2014. Courtesy Sadanand Menon. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Installation view of 'Curators’ Series #7. A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck…' at DRAF, London, 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    7/18Installation view of 'Curators’ Series #7. A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck…' at DRAF, London, 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • 19th century comparative charts. Installation view at DRAF, London, 2014. Courtesy The Map House, London. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    8/1819th century comparative charts. Installation view at DRAF, London, 2014. Courtesy The Map House, London. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Extracts from Hortus Indicus Malabaricus by Hendrik van Rheede. Installation view at DRAF, London, 2014. Courtesy the Wellcome Trust, London. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    9/18Extracts from Hortus Indicus Malabaricus by Hendrik van Rheede. Installation view at DRAF, London, 2014. Courtesy the Wellcome Trust, London. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Yee I-Laan, Empires and Their Glorious Ventures (detail), 2010, digital print with batik on silk, at DRAF, London, 2014. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    10/18Yee I-Laan, Empires and Their Glorious Ventures (detail), 2010, digital print with batik on silk, at DRAF, London, 2014. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Installation view with Simone Forti, Onion Walk, 1961 (2014), glass bottle, sprouting onion, at DRAF, London, 2014. Courtesy the artist and LA Box gallery, Los Angeles. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    11/18Installation view with Simone Forti, Onion Walk, 1961 (2014), glass bottle, sprouting onion, at DRAF, London, 2014. Courtesy the artist and LA Box gallery, Los Angeles. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Installation view of 'Curators’ Series #7. A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck…' at DRAF, London, 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    12/18Installation view of 'Curators’ Series #7. A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck…' at DRAF, London, 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Detail of extraction vitrine with Filipa César, Mined Soil, 2014 and Angela Melitopoulos and Angela Anderson, Unearthing Disaster, 2014. Installation view at DRAF, London, 2014. Courtesy the artists. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    13/18Detail of extraction vitrine with Filipa César, Mined Soil, 2014 and Angela Melitopoulos and Angela Anderson, Unearthing Disaster, 2014. Installation view at DRAF, London, 2014. Courtesy the artists. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Installation view with Prabhakar Pachpute, Land Escape, 2014, charcoal mural, at DRAF, London, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Experimenter, Kolkata. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    14/18Installation view with Prabhakar Pachpute, Land Escape, 2014, charcoal mural, at DRAF, London, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Experimenter, Kolkata. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Prabhakar Pachpute, Land Escape (detail), 2014, charcoal mural, at DRAF, London, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Experimenter, Kolkata. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    15/18Prabhakar Pachpute, Land Escape (detail), 2014, charcoal mural, at DRAF, London, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Experimenter, Kolkata. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Installation view of 'Curators’ Series #7. A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck…' at DRAF, London, 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    16/18Installation view of 'Curators’ Series #7. A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck…' at DRAF, London, 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Jumaadi, Beehive series (nos. 1, 2, 3, 4), 2014. Installation view at DRAF, London, 2014. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    17/18Jumaadi, Beehive series (nos. 1, 2, 3, 4), 2014. Installation view at DRAF, London, 2014. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Matthew Booth.
  • Natasha Ginwala and Vivian Ziherl, guest curators of 'A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck…' at DRAF, London, 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth.
    18/18Natasha Ginwala and Vivian Ziherl, guest curators of 'A Special Arrow Was Shot In The Neck…' at DRAF, London, 2014. Photo: Matthew Booth.