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Artist Talk with Jade Montserrat

  • SPACE 129-131 Mare Street London, England, E8 3RH United Kingdom (map)

Chelsea Pettitt, Arts in Conversation founder was in conversation with the artist Jade Montserrat on the occasion of her exhibition Rainbow Tribe: Affectionate Movement R&R  at SPACE, London curated by Pro-numb. Full details of the exhibition showing until 7 Sept can be found here.

Image credit: Jade Montserrat,  Clay , Stills from performance to camera made with Webb-Ellis, 2015

Image credit: Jade Montserrat, Clay, Stills from performance to camera made with Webb-Ellis, 2015

Rainbow Tribe is a collaborative project led by Jade as an active, ongoing, collective artist-lab. Within this framework, several artists and curators present artistic ideas, take risks and create a discursive platform. Unconvinced by the efforts of the art institution and art world to address deep-rooted racism, gender inequalities and discrimination against those from “protected characteristics”, Rainbow Tribe: Affectionate Movement R&R presupposes that an Affectionate Movement requires prioritising the urgency of a care centred approach within the highly sensitive terrains marginalised artists navigate. 

Jade Montserrat presents a wall drawing, covering the whole of the gallery’s walls, using text from her research to-date, with a focus on de-colonialising processes. The artist invites prospective participants—the multiple artists whose voices are essential to the scope of the project, with whom safe exchanges/workshops might be shaped—to create a palimpsest of the walls. The invited collaborators have the option to erase, add and highlight elements of the text using whitewash and charcoal. The gallery space will be a stage for artist interactions and workshops.

A recording of our conversation will be available as a podcast soon.