Exhibition: Anna Barham ‘Sick Ardour’ at Newcastle University

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As part of my Curatorial Fellowship at Newcastle University, I’ve curated a solo exhibition of a new single screen film by Anna Barham. The exhibition is accompanied by a performance by Anneke Kampman on the 1st March. More information below:

Sick Ardour, a Solo Exhibition by Anna Barham

Opening: Thursday 25th January

Exhibition Dates: 26th January — 10th March

Ex-Libris Gallery, at Newcastle University’s Fine Art department, is pleased to present Anna Barham’s Sick Ardour. For the exhibition, Barham presents a single screen video exploring the permeability of a body and its relationship to sound, image and space, focusing on the iconography of the cicada — an insect more often heard than seen. The title is a homonym of ‘cicada’ and the video is constructed around the slowed down recording of a male’s familiar mating call. Cross section images of the insect are interwoven in a rhythmic structure with other footage and sounds relating to descriptions of the cicada’s voice in various cultures — ranging from Haiku to ancient Chinese burial practices to Greek lyric poetry.

Barham works across moving image, sculpture, performance and publishing to explore the relationship between the written and spoken word. Her work explores the materiality and errancy of language alongside broader issues of translation and subjectivity. Over the last 4 years she has used the format of live production reading groups to explore reading as a form of co-authoring and will undertake one of her reading groups as part of the exhibition. Barham will work with Foundation Press towards the publication of a new artist’s book to be launched at an event in April that will bring together content from these reading groups.

 

///SICK ARDOUR FORMS PART OF A PROGRAMME ORGANISED BY THE FINE ART DEPARTMENT’S CURATORIAL FELLOW, GEORGE VASEY. THE EXHIBITION WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY A SERIES OF EVENTS AND DISCUSSIONS LED BY STUDENTS IN RESPONSE TO BARHAM’S WORK. A SOLO EXHIBITION BY FELICITY ALLEN WILL FOLLOW IN APRIL.///

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