A fire circle for a public hearing
13 April 2018 – 10 June 2018
Chisenhale Gallery presents a new commission and the first major solo exhibition in a UK institution by artist Paul Maheke. Comprising an immersive installation occupying the entire gallery, A fire circle for a public hearing develops Maheke’s ongoing engagement with the potential of the body as an archive in order to address how history, memory and identity are formed and constituted.
For his exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery Maheke explores the tension between hypervisibility and erasure. Incorporating installation, video, sound and performance, the exhibition alters and adapts throughout its duration. Curtains resembling back-stage theatre sets are installed across the gallery and function as both props for performances and as a way of delineating space, while a wall mural outlines a speculative cosmology of interconnected worlds. A sound work, composed in collaboration with artist Sophie Mallett, plays on a loop and acts as a companion to a silent video depicting Maheke’s dancing body – present and persistent, but not always fully visible. The gallery doors are removed, and windows revealed, adjusting interior and exterior space.
Chisenhale Gallery, Paul Maheke