here we are
22 April – 19 June 2005
Neil Conroy and Lesley Sanderson have been collaborating for over five years. Their work plays with conventions of portraiture using drawing, video, photography and mixed media, to examine the shifting nature of subjectivity and the blurring of differing gendered, racial and cultural positions. here we are will be sited both in the Gallery and the Manor-House. Conroy/Sanderson’s work explores the unsettling impact of ‘absence’, evoking conflicting feelings of dislocation and homeliness and suggesting a sense of disconnection with the surroundings.
Further, the exhibition explores the private and the public and the influence of place and environment in the formation of identity. Whilst often incorporating images of the artists, the work suggests wider concerns, in particular dislocation within societies and cultures. The identity of the subjects portrayed is often deliberately disguised or hidden, through devices such as hooding or bandaging. This questions the reliance on the visual in making judgements, and disturbs the relationship of power between viewer and viewed. In the House, the artists revisit and re-examine the past notion of residence or home in relation to contemporary issues, suggesting a site that might not always be homely.
Conroy/Sanderson have shown extensively, including: 'Cruel/Loving Bodies', The Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai and 798 Space, Beijing - 'strangers to ourselves', 201 John Street London, 'Questionmark Wait Error Understood', The MK Museum, Lithuania, 'Elsewhere', Cork Art Gallery, Ireland.
here we are, brings together new and recent works and forms a significant survey of their exceptional collaboration to date.
BY ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND & LONDON BOROUGH OF EALING
PM Gallery & House Mattock Lane London W5
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