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Open Space presents Edible Goods: I Have Eaten It

21 May – 7 June 2020

Platform Southwark, 1 Joan St, South Bank, London SE1 8BS Opening times: Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 6pm

Curators: ​Huma Kabakcı (founding director of Open Space) and Laura Wilson (artist and curator) Artists: ​Moza Almatrooshi, Lauren Godfrey, Charles Harrison, Hannah Lees, Hamish Pearch, Nora Silva, Rosa-Johan Uddoh, Laura Wilson

Open Space presents ​I Have Eaten It,​ a group exhibition at Platform Southwark. Eight international artists will explore food, excess and production systems through sculpture, sound, video, performance and a public programme of artist-run experiences and workshops.

Set to the audio backdrop of co-curator Laura Wilson’s sound work ​The Shift​, the exhibition will physically embody the concept of exaggerated consumption, as artworks amass over the course of three weeks. A film depicting overflowing fountains of honey by ​Moza Almatrooshi will sit alongside a sculptural fountain in the form of a mouth continually satiating its thirst by ​Lauren Godfrey​; food-stained canvas soft sculptures by ​Hannah Lees​; a livestream of ​Charles Harrison​’s YouTube instructional video creating ​Deep Flakes​; and a giant sculptural carrot sitting on top of a model of a shipping container by ​Hamish Pearch​; activated by a musical performance by ​Nora Silva with her band Nora Mutcho and a tragi-comedy performance by ​Rosa-Johan Uddoh following the path of a morsel of roast chicken as it is digested by a glamorous dinner party host.

A public programme of both free and ticketed events will accompany the exhibition, including curatorial tours, artist led workshops and events, a panel discussion chaired by writer Ellen Mara De Wachter (author of ‘Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration’ (Phaidon), and an event with Flat Time House, the former home and studio of John Latham on 4 June.

The exhibition takes inspiration from Southwark based artist John Latham’s ‘happening’ titled ​Spit and Chew (1966) in which he invited his students to dismember a library copy of American art critic Clement Greenberg’s ​Art and Culture (1961). Together they chewed up the pages, collecting the remains into a jar and returned them to the library in lieu of the book. Latham lost his job, but the work was bought by MOMA New York. Open Space’s /I Have Eaten It takes this provocative act as a point of discussion around our engagement with food on an artistic, academic and socio-political level.

I Have Eaten It forms part of Edible Goods, Open Space’s recurring exhibition series, addressing food as a medium in contemporary art. Resonating with ​Manufacturing Memory​, Open Space’s 2020 curatorial theme which examines the dichotomy between memory and technology, I Have Eaten It explores the significance of taste and sound as a site of memory, and the effect of technology on food production and consumption.

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