Home has announced that it is to host an exhibition of new commissions and existing works inspired by the movie Safe.
Set in 1987, Safe stars Julianne Moore as Carol White, a housewife in the San Fernando Valley, and explores her slow decline as she becomes increasingly allergic to everyday domestic products and routine activities, eventually moving to an enclosed community in New Mexico.
The exhibition is set to host performance events and installations, digital film installations, a photo-series and sculptures from the likes of Clare Makhlouf Carter, Chris Paul Daniels, Yoshua Okon and Turner Prize nominee James Richards.
Claire Makhlouf Carter’s performance events and interventions take place in art openings, seminar rooms, conferences, and off-site spaces, and have featured sniffer dogs, presenters, military mercenaries, fairground workers, mafrish owners, forensic psycho-physiologists, and carpet pickers. Often employing temporary workers, a concern with drawing out the internalised and embodied complexities of social and institutional relations runs throughout Carter’s work.
Chris Paul Daniels is producing a new installation – part institutional critique, part self-help guide, this new audio work questions the expectations of the gallery space to deliver a transformative experience. The work also has a soundtrack by Manchester-based electronic music producer Graham Massey (808 State, Biting Tongues).
Yoshua Okón will present a new digital film installation – The Art of Living – developed from a series of scripted scenarios taking place in show homes in Greater Manchester.
Co-written with curator Sarah Perks, a series of incidents inspired by the script of Safe explore the physical and psychological disintegration of the suburban dream.
James Richards’ new commission has just completed principle photography in Berlin; shot on 16mm, James is directing a series of portraits that will form the basis of an installation featuring unnerving prosthetic mutilations. Combining still life, archive footage and original imagery, the works’ references range from Giuseppe Arcimboldo to Sharon Lockhart.
Camilla Wills’ new installation for Safe will develop her engagement with the act of printing, which becomes a space for interrogating the processes of spread, permeability, diffusion and new meaning. Her work in print, installation, moving image and text considers gendered moments of infection and contact, conviction and hope, through readings of theory, art and medical histories.
Safe will also include a sculptural installation and new moving image work by Laura Morrison, referencing an outside narrative and telling a story that is not quite hers through found photography, Google maps and the publishing of email exchanges. Probing the ethics of social encounters – expectations and assumptions – in an online environment, Morrison questions the line between the public and private, the friendly and soliciting.
In addition, the exhibition will also present Sunil Gupta’s photo-series Pretended Family Relationships (1988), a work responding to Clause 28 which forbade the representation of homosexual relationships; an installation of Michael Dean’s concrete objects – silent works that disrupt the legibility of language and form; and sculpture by Jala Wahid, pushing material hierarchies with her seductive visceral practice.
Safe will be exhibited at Home from 14 November 2015 until 3 January 2016.
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