Kathrin Böhm, archive box showing printed matter for Mansions of the Future, Culture is a Verb; Community Haystacks documentation and ephemera. Installation view, COMPOST: Turning the Heap (detail), The Showroom, London, July 2021. Photo: Dan Weill Photography
COMPOST: For Future Use
Until 16 October 2021
Open Wednesday – Saturday, 12–5pm
Join us for the final weeks of Kathrin Böhm COMPOST: For Future Use at The Showroom; and read a review by Sarah Jury in Art Monthly's special 450th anniversary issue.
'...For a practice that demonstrates collaborative endeavour, COMPOST proposes what a solo show might be for an artist who doesn't work in solitude ... Turning the Heap moves chaotically, messily, at the speed of trust – a new approach to the archive that takes a feminist route.'
– Sarah Jury
For Kathrin Böhm, COMPOST has been in the making for many years, stemming from a deep desire to not just produce, but to process and to carefully consider what to do next: what to continue, what to leave behind, and the need for fundamental shifts, grounded by an acknowledgment of our entangled interdependence. The cumulative and collaborative act of sieving through this material in the gallery space – a daily process of ‘turning the heap’ – has generated multiple serendipitous, invited and chance one-to-one encounters; opening up new interrogations with the work and ideas held within.
COMPOST now offers a space to start drawing out fertiliser for future use, whilst dissolving the materiality of the work through swapping, buying, gifting and trading; enacting possibilities of queering economies within a wider political framework of interdependence, as discussed in the Icebergian Economies of Contemporary Art (The Centre for Plausible Economies).
COMPOST: For Future Use has already enabled a large number of swaps, exchanges and sales. In addition, a series of principles for interdependent art worlds are slowly emerging, jointly conceived through discussions between The Centre for Plausible Economies and The Showroom.
Kathrin Böhm, excerpts from the Icebergian Economies of Contemporary Art, by the Centre for Plausible Economies, published by Pirammmida, July 2020. Installation view, The Showroom, July 2021. Photo: Dan Weill Photography
Art on the Scale of Change
Tuesday 12 October, 4–6.30pm
On Zoom; and live-streamed to The Showroom Youtube
Book here to join the Zoom room
Join us on Tuesday 12 October for an online peer-to-peer discussion that combines the critical with the practical; with a focus on how to describe and organise art worlds that we want to inhabit. Art on the Scale of Change focuses on tangible, emancipatory possibilities for the future based on interdependence, equity and sustainability. The intention for the discussion is to be aspirational, practical and self-critical, and to remind ourselves of the possibilities of allowing ideas to become realities.
Speakers include Zarina Muhammad from The White Pube who recently published Ideas for a New Art World; Caroline Woolard from art.coop, who are re-writing the rules for arts funding based on solidarity economies; and Farid Rakun and Reza Afisina from ruangrupa, who have announced the principles of Lumbung for documenta15. A lumbung – or rice barn – is a place to store communally-produced rice as a common resource for future use; to heal today’s injuries, especially those rooted in colonialism, capitalism and patriarchal structures.
Curator Lily Hall and Managing Director Seema Manchanda join the discussion as the core team of The Showroom, who are exploring possibilities for actualising organisational development embedded in values grounded by a commitment to interdependence; and Kathrin Böhm and Kuba Szreder from the Centre for Plausible Economies c/o Company Drinks will be proposing the Penfold Principles for Interdependent Art Worlds.
Navine G. Khan-Dossos, TINA - There Is No Alternative, October 2021. Published by The Showroom and Chateau International. Designed by Mark Hurrell. Photo: Dan Weill Photography
TINA – There Is No Alternative
Saturday 16 October, 12–4pmAt Claire de Rouen
223 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 0EL
Join us on Saturday 16 October from 12–4pm at Claire de Rouen to celebrate the release of TINA – There Is No Alternative by Navine G. Khan-Dossos, co-published by The Showroom and Chateau International.
TINA is a new publication that builds upon the eponymous exhibition that took place at The Showroom in 2019. It takes as a starting point the complex context of the UK Government's development of pre-crime and surveillance policies, in particular the Prevent duty, questioning the politics of representation and positioning of care and safeguarding that the strategies around these policies generate.
A roundtable discussion will be held at The Showroom on Monday 11 October, the recording of which will be screened at Claire de Rouen and available to watch via The Showroom Library online; including contributions from artist Navine G. Khan-Dossos, Rob Faure Walker (The Prevent Digest), Tarek Younis, Azfar Shafi (CAGE) and William Skeaping (Extinction Rebellion).
Texts in TINA include new essays by Navine G. Khan-Dossos, Rob Faure Walker and Lily Hall with a foreword by Elvira Dyangani Ose alongside contributing writers who have engaged in written dialogues, Sadia Habib, Hassan Vawda, Rachel Coldicutt, Tarek Younis, Shezana Hafiz and Azfar Shafi from advocacy organisation CAGE, and William Skeaping from Extinction Rebellion. A text by Alexander Massouras, revised from his exhibition review of There Is No Alternative for Art Monthly in 2019, is also included. The book is designed by Mark Hurrell.
Having informed and contributed to both the book and exhibition, Rob Faure Walker will also be at the launch; and a limited number of pre-release copies of his forthcoming book, The Emergence of 'Extremism': Exposing the Violent Discourse and Language of 'Radicalisation' (Bloomsbury, 2021) will be available at a special launch price on the day.
The launch and distribution of TINA forms part of the CAGE International Witness Campaign, for which The Showroom is a partner, marking 20 years of the failed global war on terror since 9/11.
Ilona Németh, Eastern Sugar, February 2021, edited by Maja and Reuben Fowkes. Published by Sternberg Press. Co-published by the Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia. Design: Peter Liška
Thursday 28 October 2021, 6–8.30pm
At The Showroom and online
Join us for this special event marking the culmination of the international research project EASTERN SUGAR and to celebrate the launch of its interconnected publication, with artist Ilona Németh and editors Maja and Reuben Fowkes.
Eastern Sugar was the name chosen by Générale Sucrière and Tate & Lyle for their joint venture to acquire sugar factories across Central Europe after the fall of communism in 1989. This book takes as its starting point artist Ilona Németh’s long-term research into the history of sugar production in the region, from its beginnings in the early nineteenth century to the rapid decline of the industry in the era of peak globalisation. Contributions dealing with the social and environmental legacies of Caribbean sugar plantations situate the sugar histories of Eastern Europe within the spread of a monocultural system based on (neo)colonial extractivism.
Through critical texts, conversations, and artistic interventions, Ilona Németh: Eastern Sugar restores complexity to the history of the Slovak sugar industry, and by extension the wider social and economic infrastructure of transition in Central Europe, while at the same time opening up planetary trajectories for postcapitalist alternatives.
The book is edited by Maja and Reuben Fowkes, and Ilona Németh with contributions from Edit András, Rado Baťo, Fedor Blaščák, Johanna Bockman, Kathrin Böhm, Anetta Mona Chișa, Cooking Sections, Annalee Davis, Maja and Reuben Fowkes, Ferenc Gróf, Dušan Janíček, Katarína Karafová, Peter Liška, Jason W. Moore, Ilona Németh, Michael Niblett, Raj Patel, Józef Rosta, Joanna Sokołowska, Olja Triaška Stefanović, Imre Szeman and Raluca Voinea.
Larry Achiampong, Reliquary 2, video still, 2020, courtesy of the artist and Copperfield, London. Contra la Raza [Against Race], installation view, Matadero Madrid, 2021. Courtesy of Matadero Madrid and The Showroom, London. Photo: Lukasz Michalak
Contra La Raza [Against Race]
29–31 October 2021
Matadero Madrid, Spain
This live programme presents screenings, conversations and performances from artists participating in the exhibition Contra la Raza [Against Race], which continues at Matadero Madrid as part of PHotoEspaña 2021 until the end of November.
Evoking futuristic imaginaries expressed through poetics of the Black experience that generate new forms of global and egalitarian humanism, this project questions how imagery in audiovisual formats communicate from a global Black and Pan-Africanist perspective. Inspired by British historian Paul Gilroy's Against Race: Imagining Political Culture Beyond the Color Line (2000), the exhibition and live programme address the fundamental role played by decolonial and anti-racist movements in the historical and contemporary fight for human rights.
Friday 29 October, 7–9pm CEST | Sala Azcona, Cineteca
Screening of Larry Achiampong’s full Relic Traveller series, accompanied by an online artist talk with Curator-at-Large Katherine Finerty exploring decolonial narratives of identity, migration, technology and agency. Please email any questions for Larry this week to email@example.com
Saturday 30 October, 12–2pm CEST | Sala Azcona, Cineteca Project screening and conversations, Taxidermy of the Future curated by Bruno Leitão and Paula Nascimento, bringing together works by artists Kiluanji Kia Henda, Grada Kilomba and Mónica de Miranda to dissect persistent spectres in European and African societies.
Saturday 30 October, 5–7pm CEST | Sala Azcona, Cineteca
Artist talk, Collective Geopoetics with Elvira Dyangani Ose, highlighting collectives based in Spain through works by artists Sally Fenaux Barleycorn and Heidi Ramírez, moderated by photographer and professor Rubén H. Bermudez.
Saturday 30 October, 8–8:30pm CEST and Sunday 31 October 12–12:30pm CEST | Intermediate, Matadero: Performance of SOUTH X SOUTH EAST by Belinda Zhawi, combining poetry and sound to explore the emotional landscape of youth migration whilst interrogating what it means to forge identities based on geographies.