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Rosana Antolí’s solo show at The Ryder
3 Jun - 1 Jul|
In Rosana Antolí’s upcoming solo exhibition ‘My East Ballad: The One, The Teeth and the Circle’ at The RYDER, the artist will present a site-specific installation and performance that will immerse the audience in the everyday activities and movements of East London. Taking as a starting point the everyday activity, rhythms and gestures of the people living in the area, the artist will transform and abstract the essence of these movements into geometrical shapes, sounds and actions – metal shapes floating in the space, suspended geometric sculptures hanging from the ceiling, and a performer in an harmonic dialog with the sound and video projected in the back wall.
Collaborating with experimental and psychedelic musicians Tomaga as well as with art critic and performer Sarah Kent, Antolí will compose an abstract portrait of the everyday activities and rhythms of the neighborhood based on extensive research and reiterated interactions with people living in the area. Following the theory of Space Harmony from Laban and choreutics, her practice aims to create alternative choreographies where repetition, narrative and gesture are used to explore our most intrinsic and unconscious movements. The utopian character is central to her practice, and consequently the absurdity and failure of these actions.
During the time of the exhibition, two live performances will take place in the gallery. On the opening day of the exhibition – 2nd June, 6-8pm – as well as on the last day of the show and coinciding with the Whitechapel Gallery’s programme Art Night – 1st July, 7-9pm –, the artist will present two performances that will function as a fictional narrative exploring the everyday movements and rhythms of East London’s neighborhood Bethnal Green. For these events the delimitations between the private space of the gallery and the public space of the street will blur, the roller shutter of the gallery open to create a direct connection with its surroundings and allowing the performance to expand its field of action onto Herald Street, where the gallery is located.