The Gallery presents ‘Revisiting Genesis’, a major new commission by London-based artist Oreet Ashery. Taking place across The Gallery and the foyer, the work was created as a culmination of her Stanley Picker Fellowship research and it exists in two forms: that of a web-series in twelve episodes and as a single channel feature length version. Written and directed by the artist, Revisiting Genesis explores the philosophical, sociopolitical, practical and emotional implications of the processes surrounding death and withdrawal, digital afterlives, outsider communities, social networks and reincarnations of women artists. With a new episode released weekly, the online narrative unfolds in parallel to Ashery’s exhibition at Stanley Picker Gallery, which transforms the space into an interactive, social environment inspired by local community centres.
Revisiting Genesis follows two nurses, both named Jackie, who assist people actively preparing for death to create biographical slide-shows serving as their posthumous digital legacy. The slide-shows become a tool for reflection on cultural and social loss, friendships and memory as identity. When a group of friends request this treatment for Genesis – an artist who is dying symbolically and otherwise – Nurse Jackie attempts to activate Genesis’ memory through the making of her slide-show, which draws from elements of Ashery’s own autobiography and explores the disappearance of social and educational structures under contemporary neo-liberalism. Jackie concludes that it might not be Genesis who is vanishing, but the structures she had relied on. Presented in parallel with Genesis’ story, the twelve episodes are intercut with improvised interviews between individuals with life-limiting conditions and Nurse Jackie, played here by a practising GP.
Developed in consultation with Medical and Death Online experts, including researchers at Kingston University, and produced with a range of artistic collaborators, Revisiting Genesis responds to diverse influences spanning from feminist art practice to outsider and minority politics, as well as the emergent online death industry.
SYMPOSIUM & FILM SEASON
FRIDAY 2 – SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER 2016
To expand on the ideas raised by Revisiting Genesis we have curated a symposium and a film programme.
SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER, 11:00-14:30
Come explore with us how ideas of gender are created in film, moving image, art, and video
games with Michelle Aaron, Oreet Ashery and Dr. Ladan Cockshut.
THE DEATH OF MR LAZARESCU 15
FRIDAY 2 DECEMBER, 17:35
DARK VICTORY PG
SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER, 15:30
SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER, 13:10
Revisiting Genesis is commissioned by the Stanley Picker Fellowships at Kingston University and supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award, public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Tyneside Cinema, Goldsmiths University of London and waterside contemporary.