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Vermilion Sands

Tagensvej 85, 2200 København N

membrane under pressure

Kah Bee Chow, Mia Edelgart

25.08.2019 - 21.09.2019


In the exhibition membrane under pressure featuring new works by artists
Kah Bee Chow and Mia Edelgart, care and its subsequent outsourcing, is
set against a backdrop of progress and development.

Since 2011, Chow has documented the luxury property developments and land reclamation off the east coast of Penang Island, Malaysia. The island, when viewed from above, is naturally shaped like a turtle. This shape has now been altered by the outward expansion into the sea.  In the video Hujan, this footage is superimposed with images of abandoned turtles, originally kept as pets, swimming in a pond in a local park. Together with shell-like sculptures and photograms of injured turtles, Chow’s work explores how cultural practices morph under the pressure of massive redevelopment.

A new three-channel video by Edelgart brings together elements from her ongoing research into the history of breastfeeding, wet nursing and the dairy industry. The work come out of Edelgart’s fascination with the image of 18th Century feminist author Mary Wollstonecraft suckling a puppy at each breast, a remedy at the time for birth related infections. A few days later she died, leaving her daughter Mary Shelley motherless. At the age of 18, Shelley went on to write the novel Frankenstein about a nameless monster born without a childhood or mother.

This investigation of interspecies nurture, care and the absence thereof forms the basis of membrane under pressure, the second chapter in Vermilion Sands current programme The Speculative.

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