Their Wonderlands curated by They Are Here

Featuring works by:
Alice Anderson, Ayo & Oni Oshodi, Caleb Morrison, Cécile Azoulay, Corinne Felgate, Eloise Fornieles, Emma Hart, Kate Rowles, Mathew Sawyer, Michael Allen & Daniel Schwitzer, Reka Reisinger, Rostan Tavasiev, Susanne Ludwig and They Are Here

Exhibition: 9th – 19th December 2010
Exhibition continues: 6th - 22nd January 2011

Opening event: Sunday 5th December, 1 – 6pm
(with live performance by Eloise Fornieles)

The Grey Area is a gallery.
The gallery is a basement.
The basement is a chamber.
The chamber is a forgotten room in a castle.
There are portraits on the walls.
The eyes of the portraits flicker.
The castle is floating above the wood.
The woman floats above the desert.
The daughter has grown taller than the house.
The hairs of the brush grow.
The woman plays with the sea.
The toys are alive.
The pirates and cyborgs are welcomed.
The figures are trapped.
The figures are wrapped.
The warning is ignored.
They descend the stairs.
Time is lost.
They enter the basement.
The basement is a gallery.
The gallery is the Grey Area.

Their Wonderlands is an international group exhibition curated by multi-disciplinary practice They Are Here. Works by a formally and conceptually diverse set of contemporary artists have been drawn together to explore the space afforded the imaginary and folkloric in the post-industrial mindset and landscape of 21st century European society. The works have been curated to emphasize the multiple positions and relationships that we might have with the imaginary today. Although the strategies that have led to the creation of these works are especially personal or autobiographical in tone, they often evoke fairytales, children’s literature and even the phantastic animation of Miyazaki, if only to subvert these collective associations.

Their Wonderlands has been conceived as an exhibition of works but also an evolving body of research, as such the works and discourse around the show are expected to alter significantly with each iteration of the project. Accompanying the exhibition is an ongoing series of texts edited by Lily Hall, from writers with backgrounds as diverse as children’s publishing and cognitive psychology.

Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Grey Area, Basement, 31 Queens Rd, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3XA

www.theyarehere.net

Their Wonderlands Invite by Grey-Area

Susanne Ludwig Ayo & Oni Oshodi, Photograph by J Emma Hart Michael Allen & Daniel Schwitzer Mathew Sawyer, photo by James Allan Photograph by James Allan Photograph by James Allan Eloise Fornieles Eloise Fornieles Eloise Fornieles