21st Century Carpet Sale

Performance commission by Oreet Ashery featuring Woolf, Leah Borromeo, Owen Glyndrwr Parry, Edd Hobbs, Alice MacKenzie and The Emancipated, and The Un/Clean

Swedenborg House, 2014
Curated with Jaime Davis
Oreet Ashery
21st Century Crpet Sale! A Legendary Collection
performance event at Swedenborg House, London.
With Woolf, Leah Borromeo, Owen Glyndrwr Parry, Edd Hobbs, Miles Coote, Alice MacKenzie and The Emancipated, and The Un/Clean.  Photo: Jack Woodehouse  waterside contemporary
http://waterside-contemporary.com
info@waterside-contemporary.com  2 Clunbury Str
London N1 6TT
+442034170159
Oreet Ashery
21st Century Crpet Sale! A Legendary Collection
performance event at Swedenborg House, London.
With Woolf, Leah Borromeo, Owen Glyndrwr Parry, Edd Hobbs, Miles Coote, Alice MacKenzie and The Emancipated, and The Un/Clean.  Photo: Jack Woodehouse  waterside contemporary
http://waterside-contemporary.com
info@waterside-contemporary.com  2 Clunbury Str
London N1 6TT
+442034170159
Oreet Ashery
21st Century Crpet Sale! A Legendary Collection
performance event at Swedenborg House, London.
With Woolf, Leah Borromeo, Owen Glyndrwr Parry, Edd Hobbs, Miles Coote, Alice MacKenzie and The Emancipated, and The Un/Clean.  Photo: Jack Woodehouse  waterside contemporary
http://waterside-contemporary.com
info@waterside-contemporary.com  2 Clunbury Str
London N1 6TT
+442034170159
Oreet Ashery
21st Century Crpet Sale! A Legendary Collection
performance event at Swedenborg House, London.
With Woolf, Leah Borromeo, Owen Glyndrwr Parry, Edd Hobbs, Miles Coote, Alice MacKenzie and The Emancipated, and The Un/Clean.  Photo: Jack Woodehouse  waterside contemporary
http://waterside-contemporary.com
info@waterside-contemporary.com  2 Clunbury Str
London N1 6TT
+442034170159
Oreet Ashery
21st Century Crpet Sale! A Legendary Collection
performance event at Swedenborg House, London.
With Woolf, Leah Borromeo, Owen Glyndrwr Parry, Edd Hobbs, Miles Coote, Alice MacKenzie and The Emancipated, and The Un/Clean.  Photo: Jack Woodehouse  waterside contemporary
http://waterside-contemporary.com
info@waterside-contemporary.com  2 Clunbury Str
London N1 6TT
+442034170159

Part catwalk, part punk-rock concert, part emancipated choreography, the event moves between threads of poetic resistance, musical declarations, and a foil of chaotic revelry. Historical moments summoned from humble materials of the great hall will be regenerated, as the evening culminates with an auction of the Swedenborg Carpet.

Ashery’s expansive body of work often confronts ideological, social and historical constructions within the fabric of personal and broader contemporary realities. This new work weaves together ideas the artist has been exploring since the beginning of the century. Guests had a chance to bid on and own a piece of this legendary collection, in exchange for incremental measures of freedom.

Animal With a Language

Solo exhibition by Oreet Ashery

waterside contemporary, London, 2014
Campagne Première, Berlin, 2015
Curated with Jaime Davis
Oreet Ashery
Animal with a Language  waterside contemporary
16 September - 22 November 2014  http://waterside-contemporary.com/exhibitions/animal-with-a-language/index.php  Photo: Jack Woodhouse
Oreet Ashery
Animal with a Language  waterside contemporary
16 September - 22 November 2014  http://waterside-contemporary.com/exhibitions/animal-with-a-language/index.php  Photo: Jack Woodhouse
Oreet Ashery
Animal with a Language  waterside contemporary
16 September - 22 November 2014  http://waterside-contemporary.com/exhibitions/animal-with-a-language/index.php  Photo: Jack Woodhouse
Oreet Ashery
Animal with a Language  waterside contemporary
16 September - 22 November 2014  http://waterside-contemporary.com/exhibitions/animal-with-a-language/index.php  Photo: Jack Woodhouse
Oreet Ashery
Animal with a Language  waterside contemporary
16 September - 22 November 2014  http://waterside-contemporary.com/exhibitions/animal-with-a-language/index.php  Photo: Jack Woodhouse
Oreet Ashery
Animal with a Language  waterside contemporary
16 September - 22 November 2014  http://waterside-contemporary.com/exhibitions/animal-with-a-language/index.php  Photo: Jack Woodhouse
Oreet Ashery
Animal with a Language  waterside contemporary
16 September - 22 November 2014  http://waterside-contemporary.com/exhibitions/animal-with-a-language/index.php  Photo: Jack Woodhouse
Oreet Ashery
Animal with a Language  waterside contemporary
16 September - 22 November 2014  http://waterside-contemporary.com/exhibitions/animal-with-a-language/index.php  Photo: Jack Woodhouse
Oreet Ashery
Animal with a Language  waterside contemporary
16 September - 22 November 2014  http://waterside-contemporary.com/exhibitions/animal-with-a-language/index.php  Photo: Jack Woodhouse

Animal with a Language engages with ‘rage against reason’, an attempt to foreground agency against a backdrop of prevailing flatline economies. In the ex- hibition, degraded actions and material forms, the po- litical unconscious, body languages of exile and the salvage of utopian moments interact.

Within a flesh toned environment, hypnotic sound, text, videos and assemblages, Ashery’s objects and actors acquire meaning through associative transmis- sion and direct expression. The gallery space becomes a codified system for the flow of subconscious excess, exhaustive languages of protest, grassroots actions and questionable cultural appropriations.

Reactivating The Clean and The Unclean, the pro- tagonists of vladimir Mayakovsky’s revolutionary 1921 play Mystery-Bouffe, Ashery collaboratively produced a collection of ponchos and headgear. These humble forms of dress made from ubiquitous cleaning materi- als – dish cloths, wipes, dusters – are the uniforms of speculative purists and partisans, exploited labourers and heroes. Adorned with this couture collection, the cast expose themselves to the inevitable risk of be- coming objectified fashion icons.

Reconstitution

Performance commissions with Slavs and Tatars, Joana Hajithomas and Khalil Joreige, Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler

Soho House, 2013
Curated with Jaime Davis

The event brings together artists whose practices involve reordering established or accepted truths. Through multiple artistic devices – music scores, performances and theatrical presentations – new cultural self-projections are actively reflected through the poetic and the political in a public sphere.

Karen Goldberg at ArtReview

Long ago, and not true anyway

Group exhibition with Slavs and Tatars, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson, Rabih Mroué, Mekhitar Garabedian

waterside contemporary, 2013
Curated with Jaime Davis
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, The Lebanese Rocket Society: A Carpet, 2012
Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson, Your Country Doesn’t Exist - Do It Yourself (UK), 2013
Slavs and Tatars, Self-Management Body, 2013
Rabih Mroué, Shooting Images, 2013
Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson, Your Country Doesn’t Exist (copper stamp), 2013
Mekhitar Garabedian, MG, 2006

National mythologies meet personal anecdotes, official fact mixes with subjective creation, and an opportunity arises to consider the role of fiction in the constitution of prevailing world order. Migration and exchange go hand in hand with globalisation; in parallel, conflict has led to movement of millions across borders. with surprising speed, communities emerge whose individual heritage has no intrinsic affinity to that of their neighbours’.

If ‘multiculturalism has failed’, such blending of identities, as participated in by the mixed-heritage native, refugee or economic migrant, cannot be thought of as only a matter of individual experience. instead, the sum total of the unlikely stories is the very foundation of any society’s mythology, and we are today participating in the creation of memory for future generations.