Taking momentum from one of the key issues shaping public debate, artist Eca Eps explores the chaos presented by conflict and migration and civic nationalism. Utilising elements of speech, sound and play in a participatory performance, the artist draws on the materiality of water as a leveller that cuts across territorial boundaries, with emphasis on its dualistic capacity to constitute both a barrier and a lifeline, underscored by the spatial provenance of a derelict gala pool.
Elements of soil and water are used to navigate the spacial and temporal process of migration by employing a tactile approach to displacement and survival. Bringing together seemingly disparate geopolitical concerns, the installation and performance interweaves these matters as universal. The materials present in the show are used to question the varying degrees of public participation and complicity as bystanders, opponent or activist.
Eca Eps’ first UK solo exhibition is curated by Josephine Reichert, funded by Arts Council England, in collaboration with Fierce performance arts festival & SHOUT festival
Opening/PV/Live Event: 07.09.17 6pm-8pm
Performance: 21.10.17 4pm – 4.15pm – Moseley Road Baths
Artivism workshop: 11.11.17 1pm-2.30pm – Ort Gallery
Exhibition: 08.09.17 – 11.11.17 (Open Tuesdays to Saturdays 12noon – 5pm)
Address: Ort Gallery 500-504 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9AH