Back to the Cave: online in-conversation and exhibition sneak-peak with artist Tracey Rose

Tracey Rose, San Pedro V: “The Hope I hope”, 2005.

🗓️ Wednesday 14 February, 6.00PM – 7.30PM (GMT)

📍 Online

Join OSE Associate Middleton Maddocks for a conversation with the artist Tracey Rose from her travelling retrospective Shooting Down Babylon at the Kunstmuseum Bern, ahead of it’s opening reception on 23 February 2024.

Rose is invited to discuss alchemy and animism in art – how we find it in our current contemporary circumstances, and where along the way it might have been lost. The Caves, lacunae where Rose finds her current conceptual positioning, is the place this conversation will explore.

Tracey Rose (b. 1974, South Africa) is best-known for her revolutionary performative practice which often translates to and is accompanied by photography, video, installation, and digital prints. Often described as absurd, anarchic, slapdash and carnivalesque, Rose’s work explores themes around post-coloniality, gender and sexuality, race and repatriation.

The exhibition in the Kunstmuseum Bern follows Rose’s journey from her early interest in questions of identity to the aesthetics of violence and an interest in healing processes and rituals. It shows works from the years between 1990 and 2021, including the work T.K.O. (Technical Knock-Out) (2000) from the collection of the Kunstmuseum Bern, in which the artist has been represented since 2001.

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OSE Public Programme 2023-24

This year’s Associate-led Public Programme, Where Echo Lies, takes us to the edges of our experience, where it is dark, and all is not necessarily clear. Plunging into new depths, the programme thinks through deep time and the unconscious mind. What forms of solace might be found in the night that cannot emerge in the light of day? What might we hear when surrounded by this darkness? Through myth making, spectatorship, performance, and painting, you are invited to look inward and ask how can our experience help us understand what lies beneath the knowable?

We’re excited to announce our continued partnership with Turner Contemporary, who are generously hosting part of the public programme.

Turner Contemporary is one of the UK’s leading art galleries. Founded to celebrate JMW Turner’s connection to Margate in 2001, the David Chipperfield designed gallery opened in 2011.

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