Esther Teichmann On Sleeping and Drowning
London, Kingsland Road

Esther Teichmann
On Sleeping and Drowning

3 May - 22 June 2019
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Overview

The exhibition plunges the audience into an alternate orphic world, moving within womb-like spaces of beds, swamps, caves and grottos, in search of a primordial return.

A new solo exhibition by London-based artist Esther Teichmann

Working with photography across still and moving image installations, Teichmann looks at the relationships between loss, desire and the imaginary, slipping between autobiography and fiction.

On Sleeping and Drowning transforms the gallery space into a layered liquid montage of photographs, painted backdrops, moving image, sound and objects. Cyanotype seaweed creatures are juxtaposed with painted photographic backdrops of caves, a boat with cloud sails, and photographs of women sleeping, dreaming and swimming through otherworldly spaces.

The exhibition plunges the audience into an alternate orphic world, moving within womb-like spaces of beds, swamps, caves and grottos, in search of a primordial return. The photographic images slip in and out of darkness, evoking a liquid space of night. Cloaked in dripping inks and bathed in subtle hues, the bodies depicted are sensuous but seemingly beyond reach, entangled with narratives of loss and desire.

Referencing the coral said to be formed by Medusa’s blood spilled upon seaweed, Teichmann’s work transforms one thing into another, sliding between autobiography, fiction and myth, still and moving image, sculpture and painting.The works form part of an ever-evolving archive, which is expanded and re-configured in various forms.

Storytelling plays a central role in Teichmann’s practice, exploring the relationship between image and language. This exhibition is accompanied by a written text, available in the gallery. In the filmic installation Fulmine, dancer Sophia Wang moves in an auto–erotic continual motion in a curtained boat-bed, as though underwater or in a dream. This is accompanied by an original string quartet score composed by Deirdre Gribbin.

The exhibition plunges the audience into an alternate orphic world, moving within womb-like spaces of beds, swamps, caves and grottos, in search of a primordial return.

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