Preview: Thursday 27 October, 18:00
Friday 28 October - Tuesday 6 December
Free in The Gallery, daily: 11:00 - 17:00
The Gallery is proud to present Revisiting Genesis, a new exhibition and major work by London-based artist Oreet Ashery. Written and directed by the artist, the work explores what happens to individual’s online digital content (also called their digital legacy or digital assets, such as websites, social media profiles, digital archives and online accounts) after death, simultaneously enquiring about female artists’ legacy.
Revisiting Genesis follows two nurses; both named Jackie, who assist people actively preparing for death to create biographical slideshows serving as their posthumous digital legacy. The slideshows become a tool for reflection on cultural and social loss, friendships and memory as identity.
Presented in parallel with Genesis’ story, the twelve episodes are intercut with improvised
interviews between individuals with life-limiting conditions and Nurse Jackie, played here by a practicing GP.
Oreet Ashery is a UK based interdisciplinary artist whose politically charged and socially engaged practice includes exhibitions, performances, videos and writings, in an international and local context, that explore issues of gender materiality, potential communities and biopolitics. Recent presentations include Fig.2 (ICA London). Animal with a Language (waterside contemporary, London 2014), The World is Flooding (Tate Modern, London2014) and Party for Freedom (Artangel 2012-13)
To expand on the ideas raised by Revisiting Genesis guest curator and award winning author Michele Aaron has curated a special film programme exploring issues around narrative and gender in film. Aaron will further explore these themes, along with Oreet Ashery and Dr. Ladan Cockshut, in a symposium looking at how ‘death’ is used to drive narration and create ideas around gender.
More information coming soon.
Revisiting Genesis is commissioned by Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University and supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Tyneside Cinema, Goldsmiths University of London and waterside contemporary.