Safe Space

Due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus and the urgent need to restrict social gatherings, the exhibition has been postponed until further notice
Dates to be Announced
 
Cell Project Space presents the first solo exhibition in the UK by Philadelphia-based artist Carolyn Lazard. Bringing together new and existing works, Lazard’s exhibition assembles precise environmental machinations that govern the relationships between ecology, illness, capitalism and materiality. By pointing towards a dependency on, and entanglement with, the built environment the exhibition proposes a reflection on the lingering effects of post-industrialisation.
 
Using a structural language, Lazard attempts to unpack the interiority of the hospital room and the private home. Thinking of contamination as a condition that forces one’s own protection from, and seemingly, for the other, Lazard outlines situations located between the inside and outside, the figure and the ground, the subject and its surrounding; all the while considering what moves the individual and the collective into a singular space. 
 
Constituted by the artifice of mundane objects found in domestic spaces and others used within institutional care, the exhibition activates sensorial experiences of warmth, light, and breeze, streams of water through a sample glossary of plug-in synthetic hardware that help not only to recondition indoor environments but also to segregate bodies from the outside world. Further probing a desire for safety, these objects seemingly perform the task of reducing risk factors or making quality control feasible, however they simultaneously also highlight the synthetic materials and production processes that permeate them, impeding the notion of ‘fabricated’ and ‘natural’ as mutually exclusive.
 
Alongside familiar displays of domestication, concerns about quantification and demographics are at play throughout the exhibition with the repetition and presentation of ready-mades endlessly reproducible to add a texture of commonality. Underpinning Safe Space are the immovable and rigid protocols that are an oblique reminder that the practice of demographics is both violent and necessary. These are the diagnostic systems of healthcare that measure the physical condition of bodies that quantifies populations.
 
Through the familiar and the impersonal, both in isolation and with others, Lazard’s exhibition signals to the mundane complexity of domestic life, continuing their on going interest into redefining the margins of politics through care. 
 

[Hosted at the artist’s home in 2016, over a one-day period, Lazard performed ‘Support System (for Park, Tina and Bob'); an on-going durational work that encountered Lazard lying in bed while selected participants visited the artist. Each visitor was required to bring one bouquet of flowers to mark the transactional act of emotional labour]


 
The exhibition is accomapnied by a screening event Pre- Existing Condition hosted by the Institute Of Contemporary Art, London- date to be announced.  The screening will be followed by a conversation between Lazard and writer-researcher Derica Shields.
 
 
Carolyn Lazard’s recent group exhibitions include: ‘Colored People Time’, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2020); Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Body Electric, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (both 2019); and ‘Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon’, New Museum, New York (2017). Solo projects and two-person exhibitions include: ‘If you can’t share no one gets any’ with Collective Text, LUX London & Cinenova (2018); ‘Epigenetic’, with Juliana Huxtable, Shoot the Lobster, New York (2018); and a forthcoming solo exhibition Essex St, New York (2020).
 
Carolyn Lazard’s writing includes: 
 
published by Triple Canopy (2019)
 
published by Cluster Magazine (2013) 
 
Comissioned by Recess (2019)
 
Developed with the generous support of Cockayne & London Community Foundation, and Arts Council England