As part of their Practice Makes Practice residency, Abel Shah’s installation Exodysis II is on view at The NewBridge Project from 23 February - 25 March 2022. It is the second iteration of their sculpture installation, first exhibited at the Swiss Church in London in 2021. Influenced by thinking around bodies as archives, the sculptures are reminiscent of skin- or vessel-like objects. Some fragile, awkwardly balanced or shedding their layers, the objects are in parallel states of destruction and repair. Constructed from everyday materials that have been integral in the development of urban housing, high-speed transportation, healthcare technologies, information storage and control of movement, the sculptures start to act as “shells” of our everyday environments and recent histories.
With collaboration at the core of their practice and an interest in the gallery as a space of facilitation, this body of work has developed alongside ongoing dialogues with fellow practitioners and collaborators by thinking about how meaning and relationships are built through language and exploring alternative ways of communicating.
Abel Shah has invited fellow practitioners INCURSIONS and Aaron Tan to interrupt the installation throughout the duration of the exhibition.