A new exhibition, Don't Touch Me, explores 'the concept of wearing armour in relation to lived experience' through the works of 19 emerging contemporary artists. The works are being displayed in a disused office space in Newcombe House on Notting Hill Gate.
The exhibition is inspired by an essay by the writer Olivia Sudjic called Exposure, in which Sudjic 'examines the damaging assumptions that attend women artists, or any woman who risks exposure, in a world determined to get under her skin.' Reed has focused on a quote in which Sudjic writes: ‘Sometimes I wish for crocodilian armour,’ and invited artists including Lotte Andersen, Saelia Aparicio, and Laura Dee Milnes to respond to Sudjic's essay.
As Reed noted on Instagram: 'This year has turned touching into a rarefied and abstracted notion. Physical touch is a powerful and emotional action; when wanted, it can be comforting, moving and passionate, when it is not warranted, it is frightening. I am hoping that you will come and see these wonderful works that investigate the vulnerability in self preservation, Don’t Touch Me will provide a personal and material touch.'
Alongside the exhibition will be a publication including writings and works from the artists involved. Lotte Andersen's work Corrupt File is part of this publication, and correlates to her exhibition work Strike 2020 which is on view.
The exhibition includes works from: Luke Alen-Buckley, Saelia Aparicio, Lotte Andersen, Lily Bertrand-Webb, Rob Brannigan, JJ Chan, Denise de Cordova, James Cross, Laura Dee Milnes, Sarah Howe, Rebecca Jagoe, Keegan Luttrell, Guy Oliver, Lindsey Mendick, Paloma Proudfoot, Rosie Reed, Jakob Rowlinson, Finbar Ward and Gray Wielebinski.
The exhibition opens on Thursday 17 September 2020, 4-8pm and is open 18-20 and 24-27 September 12-6pm. For safety and following government restrictions regarding COVID-19, attendees must email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a slot.