Bluecoat: Jade Montserrat: Instituting Care

Bluecoat: Jade Montserrat: Instituting Care
Bluecoat: Jade Montserrat: Instituting Care

Venue: Bluecoat
Dates: 17/11/2018 - 10/03/2019
Times: All Day

Sat 17 Nov – Sun 10 Mar 2019

Open daily 11am – 6pm

Our autumn season of interlinked exhibitions focuses on the changing nature of artistic education. We are delighted to present a solo exhibition by Scarborough based artist Jade Montserrat, North Yorkshire who has also been in residence with us during 2018.

Montserrat works at the intersection of art and activism through drawing, painting, performance, film, installation, sculpture, print and text. She has developed a new public commission with Art on the Underground, London which launches this autumn and is the Stuart Hall Foundation practice-based PhD candidate at The Institute for Black Atlantic Research, The University of Central Lancashire.

At Bluecoat the artist will transform the gallery walls with huge charcoal wall drawings as part of a wider installation. The drawings are comprised of quotations and responses to key texts on decolonisation and decolonising knowledge by writers such as Frantz Fanon, Audre Lorde and Stuart Hall. Montserrat’s drawings will also feature fragments of text by local and international artists addressing vital questions such as who does art education serve and who should it serve? How do we value individual and collective creativity? And what could a care centred approach to education look like?

As part of Bluecoat’s wider season which asks ‘who gets to be an artist?’ Montserrat will open these questions out further with events and workshops in the gallery space including a reading group by artist Jack Tan, a radical mycology gathering led by Jane Lawson and life-drawing with artist and model Paul Kindersley.

Jade is the recipient of the Stuart Hall Foundation Scholarship which supports her PhD (via MPhil) at The Institute for Black Atlantic Research, The University of Central Lancashire (Race and Representation in Northern Britain in the context of the Black Atlantic: A Creative Practice Project) and the development of her work from her black diasporic perspective in the North of England. She was also awarded one of two Jerwood Student Drawing Prizes in 2017 for No Need for Clothing, a documentary photograph of a drawing installation at Cooper Gallery DJCAD by Jacquetta Clark. Jade Montserrat works at an intersection of art and activism through performance, drawing, painting, film, installation, sculpture, print and text. The artist interrogates these mediums with the aim to expose gaps in our visual and linguistic habits.

Jade’s Rainbow Tribe project – a combination of historical and contemporary manifestations of Black Culture from the perspective of the Black Diaspora is central to the ways she is producing a body of work, including No Need For Clothing and its iterations, as well as her performance work Revue. Jade has been commissioned to present Revue as a 24 hour live performanceat SPILL Festival of Performance, on 25 and 26 October 2018 and a solo exhibition at The Bluecoat, Liverpool, Sat 17 Nov – Sun 10 Mar 2019.

Revue will be filtered digitally through institutions in cities throughout the world where Josephine Baker performed, and then back into the public domain. The performance is intent on reimagining the representation of black bodies, with an emphasis on protection, care, positioning and preservation. Revue has the potential to invite multidirectional memory (Michael Rothberg) work by locating the performance within terms of reference including: slavery and the spectacle of bondage (slave auctions); consumption of culture and black presence within art institutions; visual consumption of the human body; 24 hour news cycles; dance marathons of the 1930s; monitoring and surveillance; operating in the world despite pain; narratology; time – circular time, racial time, revolutionary time. Repetition locates the performance as both historical and contemporary, embodied and disembodied, with and without agency: “When black life matters, time itself is altered, creating “revolutionary time”. To make America great again is, then, to make it “white again,” a temporal action in which the future becomes more like the past and less like the present.” Nicholas Mirzoeff (e-flux)

Recent selected screenings, performances and presentations include: SPACE studios (2018), ICA Philadelphia (2018), Arnolfini, and Spike Island, Bristol (2017), Alison Jacques Gallery (2017) and Princeton University (2016).

 Her new commission for Art on the Underground launches December 2018.

Image: The Last Place They Thought Of (Installation View, ICA Philladelphia), 2018