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Close Up Is Far Away

Stillpoint Spaces London London, EC1R 0AA


A reading of works by poet and professor Andrea Brady, launching the exhibition 'In The Stories There Is An Abundance' by Kate Holford.

Andrea Brady will respond to Kate Holford’s artwork through the vantage of her own poetic and critical writing on surveillance and the spectacle of the other. She will reflect on the ‘everywhere war’ staged by the US and its allies through the technical apparatus of the drone, and the military doctrine of the ‘kill box’, to explore how the experience of proximity and distance, sight and intimacy, power and impotence have become distorted in the drone age. Andrea will read from her poem ‘The Blue Split Compartments’, an extended work which incorporates found text from military manuals and the chatroom banter of drone pilots, along with myth, personal history, and writings on sculpture and psychoanalysis. She will also speak about the proliferation of artworks which have been inspired by drone surveillance. Andrea will invite the audience to think together about how the drone might lead to a new recognition of the role of the (material or human) object in different kinds of work.

Stillpoint London’s spring exhibition presents a new, interdisciplinary body of work by Kate Holford, combining drawing, painting, writing, and sculpture to conjure themes of homemaking, reimagined stories of religiosity, the suggestion of journeys taken through ‘carceral’ landscapes, and the ultimate search for ‘Home’. In the Stories… further explores a personal relationship with universal narratives of pilgrimage, the myth of the ‘Promised Land’, and the archetype of the Western frontier. There will be pop-up works on display before the talk as part of an Open House, running from 12pm. This is open to the public and will feature work installed for one day only (More information on the 'In the Stories...' event page).

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