“Troubling Space: The Summer Sessions” at The Zabludowicz Collection London
The Zabludowicz Collection presents Troubling Space: The Summer Sessions. The exhibition is curated by Helga Just Christoffersen and Natasha Marie Llorens, joint winners of the 2012 Zabludowicz Collection Curatorial Open.
The exhibition takes as its theme the notion of space. It looks at how space is constructed in social ways, through our fantasies about them, through our occupation of them, as a result of how we move through them, and the violence we use to try to control them. It includes works by eleven artists from the Zabludowicz Collection plus a new site-specific commission by Helene Kazan.
Troubling Space: The Summer Sessions looks at space as a social field; each of these works points to how even spaces we assume are physical are also social in very significant ways. The works in the exhibition are the subject of intense analysis over the course of the first three weekends in July, when the Summer Sessions take place. These consist of talks by artists, academic lectures and social events related to three specific areas: Spaces of Distribution and Production; The Body in Space; Spaces of Utopia and Dystopia. This programme is integral to the project: it responds to recent events in the public realm, taking them as an imperative to put all spaces to use; in particular, it seeks to convert the gallery space into a pedagogical space and a space of resistance.
Troubling Space: The Summer Sessions emphasises the expanded nature of contemporary curating, which includes exhibitions as well as time-based events and the production of discourse, and of meaning. It uses the idea of troubling space to trouble the space of the contemporary art collection itself, asking artists and members of the general public to spend more time than usual with particular works of art. The project brings the collection into direct dialogue with current social and aesthetic debates. The talks and discussions which take place during the first three weekends of the show are recorded, and listening posts are installed in the galleries, so that visitors can engage with the debates after the fact.
Christoffersen and Llorens have mined the Zabludowicz Collection to put together an exhibition which includes works by artists from several generations, including established figures such as Francis Alÿs and Gregory Crewdson, and relative newcomers such as Trisha Baga and Ethan Breckenridge. The project features furniture designed by Emil Krøyer, who specialises in structures intended to serve the dual purpose of presenting art and facilitating social engagement.
Troubling Space: The Summer Sessions was selected from over 100 entries to the Zabludowicz Collection Curatorial Open by a panel comprised of Chris Dercon, Martin Herbert, Maria Lind and Anita Zabludowicz. Christoffersen and Llorens have been granted unlimited access to the Zabludowicz Collection and a budget of £40,000 to realise the exhibition, its accompanying publication and public programme.
Chris Dercon, Director of Tate Modern, said: “In my entire career I have never before had the opportunity to see such a wide selection of curatorial proposals. We have chosen a proposal that really engages with the Zabludowicz Collection and also, crucially, aims to trouble the space of contemporary curating itself.”
The exhibition is accompanied by a workbook, designed by Mark Holt and Malcolm Southward, which introduce the project and artists, and provide a theoretical context for thinking about notions of space.
Featured artists – Francis Alÿs; Trisha Baga; Yael Bartana; Walead Beshty; Ethan Breckenridge; Gregory Crewdson; Shi Jin; Helene Kazan; Avi Mograbi; Miri Segal; Caragh Thuring; Haegue Yang
until 12 August 2012
“Troubling Space: The Summer Sessions”
5 July–12 August 2012
Zabludowicz Collection, London