On the occasion of his first solo exhibition in Marseille, Wilfrid Almendra lays down the foundation for a shift in his practice. As he just moved studio in a former textile and upholstery workshop, he inherited not only a space but an archaeology of labour, which comes with a set of practices, gestures and material. At the same time, his interest for the legacies of the community garden (jardin ouvrier) as a space to be reclaimed led him to devise an erotic of the enclosure, structured by precarious architectures and a body that is only made present through scattered dirty clothing. On a formal level So Much Depends Upon a Red Wheel Barrow also questions notions of balance, perspective and contrast. Intervening directly into the architecture of the space, this exhibition marks the last occupation of the 2 rue du Chevalier Roze by Atlantis, the opportunity to think about the marks that will be left behind, before starting afresh.
On the occasion of the exhibition, and in partnership with documentsdartistes.org, sound recordings of the exhibition text, a poem by William Carlos Williams and excerpts from Radical Gardening: Politics, Idealism & Rebellion in the Garden (2011) by George McKay will be made available online.
A public programme devised by the Copenhagen-based collective The Winter Office, whose content and schedule is yet to be announced, will also take place in November, if sanitary conditions allow. The recording of these events would also be made available online.
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