In this exhibition, a new collaboration between emerging artists Juliane Foronda, Kirsty Russell and Tako Taal explores the barely visible gestures and behind the scenes work that make up a hosting practice. Following exploration of the Glasgow Women’s Library archive and other personal and public contexts, the artists’ work thinks about what supports us and how the different furnishings of hospitality are embodied in gestures of welcome.

Curated by Caroline Gausden. Curatorial essay available here.

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slow pressure, wild survival, 2019

dried flowers, metal, plastic

varied edition of 94

Wild and fallen flowers collected around Scotland in the summertime, pressed in borrowed books from Glasgow Women’s Library, pressed into an edition of 94 button badges to represent each day of summer.

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supporting gestures, 2019 

latex paint on walls 

Enlarged and simplified wall paintings of diagrams of napkin folds hugging the built environments that facilitate gestures of hospitality. The subtley of the colours allows for the paintings to sometime go unnoticed or rather look like a shadow on the wall.

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image above: Brontë Jones

Method:, 2019

homemade preserves

A collection of preserves inspired by the cookery books in the archive were made for visitors to eat throughout the duration of the exhibition. This edible series stemmed from research on community-driven methods of preserving, with a focus on radical feminist hospitality, extending into notions of invisible labour, ownership, memory & legacy, focussing on time (labour) by employing it as a material. This includes food preservation (pickling, fermenting, curing and/or combating food waste), archival research, cultural preservation, as well as unpacking the etymology of the word itself. 

compress(ed memory foam), 2019

online newsletters

This durational text-based work existed solely as an online (news)letter which readers needed to subscribe to. compress(ed memory foam) is a series of ongoing sharings and suggestions in relation to built environments, care, the practice of preserving and following through. The (news)letters were delivered straight into the readers’ inboxes every Friday throughout the duration of the exhibition.

You can read the newsletters here.

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