Thursday, 14 January 2010
'A MONUMENT TO TOILETS AND HACKNEY ROAD PROCESSION' AN EXHIBITION AT WHITE CUBICLE BY NIKOS PANTAZOPOULOS
Nikos Pantazopoulos White Cubicle installation
Menudo djs of the night, Liliana Sanguino and Cibelle
Murray Arthur and Andreas Cellerino
Fernando Arias (who first introduced me to Nikos 7 years ago) and Tate curator Gabriela Salgado
Rafael Jimenez and Menudo album
Mr. de la Barra and Ellen Cantor
Esther Planas, Alvaro Moreira and Ricardo Fumanal
Jemima Stehli, Gregorio Magnani, Ellen Cantor and Katherine Hamnett cutting the ribbon
Mr de la Barra and his Menudo look
Cibelle in the cubicle
Richardette squatting at the toilet monument
getting ready for the procession
procession leaving George and Dragon
procession delivering the objects of the installation outside Joiners Arms
offering of objects
Matt Jakob playing with the offerings!
White Cubicle is honoured to present A Monument to Toilets an exhibition and procession by Nikos Pantazopoulos
Thursday January 14, 2010, from 9:00 PM to midnight.
Procession will leave from the George and Dragon to the Joiners Arms at midnight.
White Cubicle Toilet Gallery at George and Dragon Public House, 2 Hackney Road, London E2
The Joiners Arms, 116-118 Hackney Road, London
Ribbon cutting by dame Ellen Cantor and Iqbal, the Joiners Arms minicab driver
The night will be enhanced by George and Dragon’s Menudo Night, a musical tribute to Puerto Rico’s eightie’s teenage boyband
A Monument to Toilets and Hackney Road Procession: a material and political investigation
For his show at White Cubicle Toilet Gallery, Pantazopoulos has been over the past months photographically and sculpturally documenting the surrounding area of East London and collecting objects of a formal nature, while building a monument to toilets. Using the monument as a starting point, he proposes a procession and mapping out a ritual that takes place between the George and Dragon and the Joiners Arms. The audience is invited to participate and walk with him from the White Cubicle Toilet Gallery to The Joiners Arms on Hackney Road with the material that he has collected.
A stake, a rock, a banner, a ball, netting, a laminate board, felt, rope, tape, and other objects investigated and found in the process of looking for materials will be used as part of the exhibition. They will be stored inside the White Cubicle gallery. These materials will be transformed into totem poles and objects that will be like those used in a Greek Easter processions, marking the rituals, and marches of historical or political nature. These objects used will be used to mark the procession that will take place to demarcate a specific space and ritual. With this, the exhibition and procession will explore the social, historical, and political nature of this area of London, an area with a history that crosses through different classes, genders, and ethnicities and that are sometimes distressed by conflicts of interest. This will be a peaceful walk to honour cohabitation within the different groups in the area.
Nikos Pantazopoulos is a hot Greek-Australian artist, born in 1973. He has been living in London since 2001 where he completed his MFA in Goldsmiths in 2007 and since then he has returned to his native Melbourne where he received an Australian Postgraduate Award to work as an artist, further his studies and teach Fine Art Theory and Practice. He works in different media and often works collaboratively with other artists or people of various skills or professions. Recently Pantazopoulos has been working with the Palaeconian Brotherhood to make a documentary about a bust of King Leonidas that was made in Sparta, Greece for Sparta Place, Melbourne. There he worked with the community group to make a video of the important and controversial monument that was unveiled to the Australian community about a history that is a motivational force to the Greek people.
THE WHITE CUBICLE TOILET GALLERY measures 1.40 by 1.40 metres, is located within the Ladies Toilet of the George and Dragon, and works with no budget, staff or boundaries. White Cubicle presents a discerning programme of local and international manifestations as an antidote to London’s sometimes extremely commercial art scene. Past exhibitions have included the work of Deborah Castillo, Gregorio Magnani, Butt Magazine, Federico Herrero, Terence Koh, i-Cabin, Steven Gontarski, Pixis Fanzine/Princess Julia and Hanah, General Idea and avaf, Basso Magazin, Carl Hopgood, Giles Round, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Superm, (Brian Kenny and Slava Mogutin), Elkin Calderon, Wolfgang Tillmans, Calvin Holbrook/Hate Magazine, Husam el Odeh, Simon Popper, Fur, Dik Fagazine, Rick Castro/Abravanation, Jean Michel Wicker, Noki, Ellen Cantor, Karl Holmqvist, Julie Verhoeven, Aldo Chaparro, Esther Planas...