Vitrine at Bermondsey Sq presents Nadim Abbas, Camoufleur

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1st March 2017 all-day Europe/London Timezone
The Vitrine Gallery
Bermondsey Square
London SE1 3FD
Vitrine Gallery

Nadim Abbas CamoufleurAbbas, Camoufleur

A solo exhibition of Hong-Kong based artist Nadim Abbas. For ‘Camoufleur’, Abbas will produce a new site-specific installation using camouflage and the gallery’s panoramic positioning on the public square, exploring how urban environments can influence and encourage our assimilation to the spaces we inhabit.

Abbas is interested in how urban living conditions have produced specific social trends and subcultures. For this body of work, Abbas draws on the figure of the ‘Otaku’ or ‘Hikikomori’, both terms that originate in Japan and describe stereotypes of socially ill-equipped, middle-aged males who isolate themselves in a world of manga and anime consumption. A notable trend in Otaku culture is the fetishisation of the military, which manifests in the prevalence of violent video games and the collection of wartime memorabilia. Abbas’ concern is with the spaces that allow for the formation of these figures. It is as if the proliferation of cramped interior spaces in modern cities inspires this mental retreat.

‘Camoufleur’ touches on the unlikely correlation between domesticity and warfare. The term ‘camoufleur’ refers to the artists, zoologists and naturalists who were employed to design and implement military camouflage during World War I and II. The exhibition at VITRINE will revolve around a wallpaper pattern, a point of reference for everything that is subsequently placed in the space, straddling connotations of the domestic – wallpaper is commonly employed in interior design – and militarized as a backdrop against which to conceal, and be concealed.

Throughout the duration of the show, Abbas will work with a performer who will inhabit the space, mimicking its surroundings like a stick insect camouflaged by the branch of a tree. The performer’s movements will demonstrate the emptying of gestures, employing a body language that does not attract attention. Their role will be both present and invisible, assimilated to the space to the extent that they are not immediately discernible to those passing by.

The unique positioning of the vitrine, which is visible twenty-four hours a day, creates an interesting set of possibilities for this public display of domesticity. The exhibition space encourages repeat daily viewings and allows for varied and shifting encounters. Throughout the duration of the exhibition, Abbas will present new ways to inhabit the space through alterations in display and content. The roles of the performer and the backdrop will fluctuate and overlap over time, subtly influencing our perception of the co-dependent relationship between the two: the performer as an extension of the space, and the space as an extension of the performer.


Performance Schedule

Friday 3 March (6.15pm-7.15pm and 7.30pm-8.30pm)

Saturday 4 March (10.15am-11.15am and 11.30am-12.30pm)

Thursday 9 March (6.15pm-7.15pm and 7.30pm-8.30pm)

Friday 10 March (10.15am-11.15am and 11.30am-12.30pm)

Friday 17 March (6.15pm-7.15pm and 7.30pm-8.30pm)

Saturday 18 March (10.15am-11.15am and 11.30am-12.30pm)

Thursday 23 March (6.15pm-7.15pm and 7.30pm-8.30pm)

Friday 24 March (10.15am-11.15am and 11.30am-12.30pm)

Friday 31 March (6.15pm-7.15pm and 7.30pm-8.30pm)

Saturday 1 April (10.15am-11.15am and 11.30am-12.30pm)

Thursday 6 April (6.15pm-7.15pm and 7.30pm-8.30pm)

Friday 7 April (10.15am-11.15am and 11.30am-12.30pm)

Friday 14 April (6.15pm-7.15am and 7.30pm-8.30pm)

Saturday 15 April (10.15am-11.15pm and 11.30am-12.30pm)

Nadim Abbas
1 March 2017 – 15 April 2017
15 Bermondsey Square, London, SE1 3FD

About Vitrine

Vitrine Gallery LogoVITRINE is focused on artistic experimentation and development; material-, process- and installation-led practice at its core.

VITRINE encompasses two parts: gallery and projects. The gallery was founded by Alys Williams in London in 2012, grown from the project space launched in 2010.

Establishing a strong reputation as a selector and nurturer of new talent, VITRINE invites and fosters the development and presentation of new work in spaces in London, UK, and Basel, Switzerland; at art fairs internationally; and through off-site projects in collaboration with partner organisations. VITRINE nurtures a rigorous commitment to artist development and represents a growing number of international artists.

VITRINE’s spaces promote a new model of exhibition-making, encouraging experimentation and installation. Whilst enclosed behind glass, the works extend beyond its boundaries into the surrounding public space. Exhibitions viewable 24/7; Internal viewing rooms open by appointment.

VITRINE commissions SCULPTURE AT a publicly funded public sculpture programme on Bermondsey Square (since 2014) and presents an array of events and experiences to enhance and support its programme; editions series; hosted screenings, performance events in public space, artist talks and panel discussions; studio visits; and art consultancy. Our continuing aim is to create a unique and diverse platform for artist and viewer.  @VitrineGallery  VitrineGallery



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