Paul Maheke: What Flows through and Across
Assembly Point, London, United Kingdom18 Jan 2017 - 25 Feb 2017
In January 2017 Assembly Point will present a solo project by French artist Paul Maheke, titled ‘What Flows Through and Across’, one of three exhibitions that form his ongoing international project: ‘Becoming a Body of Water or How to Unlearn Resistance as Opposition’.
The project will develop through three solo shows opening this winter consecutively in Berlin, London, and Paris, alongside the presentation of three related performance works at Union Pacific, The Showroom and Tate Modern.
Feeding off of one another, each iteration of ‘Becoming a Body of Water…’ will feature choreographed dance pieces alongside the presentation of film-based and sculptural works. By looking at the exhibition space as a multimodal situation to experiment with new interactions between dance and moving images, it aims to challenge presentation formats while reconsidering the role a show holds in the rendition of an artwork.
The exhibition at Assembly Point will bring together elements of film, music, performance, sculpture and collaboration. It will feature a film installation projected onto a wall of the gallery through a number of long sheer curtains. Luminous sculptures placed throughout the gallery will interact with the architecture of the space, and engage in a dialogue with the film projection through incorporated text. Open rehearsals and choreographed performances will be staged at several points during the exhibition, occupying the central part of the gallery floor. These performances will be conceived by Maheke in collaboration with a musician/percussionist prior to, and during the exhibition.
Maheke’s ongoing project takes its roots in Hydrofeminism*, considering water as a subjective/affective matter. Choreographing our relations to each other, the shows will explore notions such as fluidity and formlessness through the use of dance – as both a strategy of resistance and a thinking process that is in flux and allows indetermination.
Also drawing on research into the memory of water and its molecular responsiveness to emotions* as well as how trauma is passed on from one generation to another through DNA*, the show speculates about embodied histories by researching physical memory through movement. It grounds itself in an artistic exploration of queer blackness within which dance and music-making have become coping mechanisms and the queer black body operates —similarly to its main constituent: water— as an archive using its fluids as pathways to knowledge and information.
‘Becoming a Body of Water or How to Unlearn Resistance as Opposition’ will commence in Berlin (‘In Me Everything is Already Flowing’ at Center, 15 Dec. 2016 – 12 Feb. 2017) before progressing to London (‘What Flows Through and Across’ at Assembly Point, 18 Jan. – 25 Feb. 2017) and Paris (‘Acqua Alta’, Sultana Gallery, April-May 2017). A series of related performance works will continue to proceed alongside the shows, staged at Union Pacific (Aug. 2016), The Showroom (Nov. 2016) and Tate Modern (Mar. 2017).
*See Astrida Neimanis: ‘Hydrofeminism: Or, On Becoming a Body of Water.’
*See Masaru Emoto and Professor Luc Montagnier- also winner of the Nobel Prize for his discovery of HIV
*See Dr. Rachel Yehuda: ‘How Trauma and Resilience Cross Generations’