Preview: Friday 17 March 6-9.30pm
Dates: March 18 – April 9 2017
Times: 12-6 pm Fri, Sat, Sun. & by appt.
Performance: 3 pm Sunday 9 April
Talk: 4 pm Sunday 9 April
Coleman Project Space is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Anne Bean that have grown out of her film-performance project ‘Night Chant’ – originally conceived for the Whitechapel gallery’s 2015 symposium ‘Performance and Politics in 1970s’.
Bean is interested in the different ways artists have been influenced over the years by the permissive space that performance art has provided. ‘Night Chant’ is a short film that explores the artist’s personal connections with two, sadly now deceased, women artists with whom she shared her ideas – Rita Harris and Alexis Hunter – who were both based in Bermondsey during the seventies. In a recent Art Monthly interview, Bean said of these relationships: ‘We are each other’s archives and legacies’.
Hunter used photography to powerfully buck sexual, social and gender stereotypes, while Harris became a recognised master of t’ai chi, using her art as a healing tool – such as leading a ritual ceremony as part of Bean’s ‘365 dresses’, a CGP London commission performed locally in Southwark Park in 2005.
For the exhibition at Coleman Project Space, Bean has worked with performance photographer Manuel Vason, to create a series of images for the main gallery depicting sites of significance to the work and lives of Harris and Hunter. These include the room where Hunter made her most radical feminist works, such as ‘Domestic Warfare,’ 1975, and the park where Rita worked and taught t’ai chi. ‘Night Chant’ will be projected in the shed space, which will also become the site for Bean’s new performance work: ‘Secret conversations we didn’t know we were having’.
Final weekend : Anne Bean performance ,Secret conversations we didn’t know we were having followed by Dr Eleanor Roberts talk on legacies of women artists and the 1970s. Tea and cake.
Anne Bean has worked in installation/performance for 45 years. In 2009,she received a British Council Creative Collaborations award for ongoing worldwide work with women from countries of conflict. In 2010, Tate Gallery Research and LADA granted her Legacy: Thinker in Residence Award, resulting in a major work, TAPS, including over 80 artists, engaged in improvisatory experimental practice. This award inspired further works; A Transpective, shown in Venice 2013 and The ABCD ness of it all, an Acme Artists Now commission, 2014.