The Body, Resistance and History
We cannot pretend the conditions for looking and framing have not been shaken and contested by COVID19 and the global Black Lives Matter protests. It is also a significant shift to showcase a degree show online with work that has mostly been made away from the studio and not made accessible to audiences in galleries, that not long ago, was common place and expected.
The body as frontier has reemerged as a major site of resistance and expression, the body also as site of suffering and receptor of violence and disease. I made a connection between the artists here through the use of the body and its relationship and encounters with power, nature, sexuality, commodity and thought. There is also something about the presence of history whether a direct recoding of ideas by Tarkovsky or archival imagery, or personal legacy and stories, streams of consciousness, feminisms and performance - as well as a call to action. When putting together any group presentation of work I would always look to work across forms and media, to encourage cross-pollination and to enable the discursive qualities of practice to be explored.
Lisa Panting co-founded Hollybush Gardens with Malin Ståhl in 2005. The gallery represents an international roster of artists working in a range of disciplines, including Andrea Büttner, Lubaina Himid, Claudette Johnson, Charlotte Prodger and Reto Pulfer. Its gallery artists have won significant awards, among them the Turner Prize, Max Mara Art Prize for Women, the Jarman Award, and Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists. In addition to its regular exhibition programme of monographic and group shows, Hollybush Gardens sustains a commitment to delivering lectures, performances and publications, including a small imprint, Hollybush Issue. The gallery also participates regularly in international art fairs such as Art Basel and Frieze London, and peer-led projects such as CONDO. Prior to the gallery Lisa was a lecturer in 4D at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design and an editor at Book Works, both in London, and has written and lectured on art widely.