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Kunstraum exhibitions

Binnie Sisters: The Muddy Clearing
Reopening July 3 - August 1

Julie Béna: The Jester & Death
January 10 - February 15

Dangerous Bodies: Barbara Kapusta
12 October - 16 November
(PV 11 October 6:30 – 9pm)

To Ailsa Rock
Beatrice Loft Schulz and Lindsay McMillan
14 June – 28 July

Something soft: Julie Béna, Susie Green, Deniz Ünal & Zoe Williams
13 April – 25 May (PV 12 April, 6.30–9pm)

Nils Alix-Tabeling
Le Bétyle d’Ail
19 January – 22 February 2019

Anna Hulačová
Graceful ride
29 Sept – 24 Nov 2018

Shelly Nadashi
The Avocado Vampire
26 April – 9 June 2018

Mary Hurrell
2 (Aerial)
9 March – 14 April 2018

Von Calhau!
PHANTOM BLOT BACK TO ATTACK / MANCHA NEGRA VOLTA A ATACAR
12 January - 10 February 2018

Merike Estna
fragments from the shattered toe
29 September – 25 November 2017

Jennifer Tee
Structures of Recollection and Perseverance
1 July – 9 September 2017

Sophie Jung
Producing My Credentials
14 April – 27 May 2017

Olivier Castel
Communicating vessels
25 November 2016 - 11 February 2017

Vanitè
9 September – 5 November 2016

Jumana Emil Abboud
Haunted Springs and Water Demons in Palestine
14 May – 30 July 2016

Dorine van Meel
Disobedient Children
23 October – 19 December 2015

New Pabulum
Aline Bouvy and Simon Davenport
6 September - 10 October 2015

Alex Cecchetti
The printing house of hell
27 June - 22 August 2015

Barbara Visser
Manual/2: The Patient Artist
25 April – 13 June 2015

Unlearning to speak
Tyler Coburn, Luca Frei, Joachim Koester, Jacopo Miliani
28 February - 11 April 2015

Nicoline van Harskamp
25 October - 13 December 2014

Zin Taylor
The Tangental Zigzag
14 June – 26 July 2014


Eva Fàbregas & Andrew Lacon
Curated by Thomas Cuckle and Mette Kjærgaard Præst
26 April – 31 May 2014

Flirting, playing, eating, drinking, talking, laughing
with Søren Aagaard, Magnus Clausen, Robert Kjær Clausen, Simon Foxall, Steffen Jørgensen, Peter Larsen, Jørgen Michaelsen, Allan Nicolaisen, Carl Palm, Fredrik Paulsen, Anna Margrethe Pedersen, Merete Vyff Slyngborg and Ditte Boen Soria
Curated by Mette Kjærgaard Præst and Mette Woller
22 February – 5 April 2014


An Opal World
Rossella Biscotti, Priscila Fernandes, Jan Peter Hammer, Alberto De Michele
25 October — 30 November 2013



Late Nights & Early Mornings
Willem Besselink, Jacob Dahlgren, Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Florian & Michael Quistrebert, Relief Journal
21 June — 29 September 2013


Miles Thurlow
Variable Foot
20 April — 1 June 2013


Peter Wächtler
Celtic Dawn
22 February — 6 April 2013


Definitional Disruptions
with Nel Aerts, Filip Gilissen and Hedwig Houben
1 December 2012 — 2 February 2013


Jason Coburn
x ways to improve your y
28 September — 17 November 2012

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Binnie Sisters: The Muddy Clearing
Reopening July 3 - August 1


The Binnie Sisters unearth The Muddy Clearing and are bringing it to EC1. The Muddy clearing was originally set up at an anti-art social space, with real people and real bodies. It is a place where people come together to surprise each other.

The Muddy Clearing is brought to you by Christine and Jennifer Binnie, they have been working together throughout their lives, along with Wilma Johnson they founded the Neo-naturists performance group. This exhibition and events programme will represent a selection of their individual practices and their work together, containing unseen works, performances, screenings, as well as an archive of objects, paintings, ceramics and the Binnie Sister’s shop.

Christine and Jennifer will curate the ‘Kuntish Corner’ (spelt with a K in solidarity with Kunstraum), bringing together ritualistic ‘Blessing Bleeding’ chalices, ‘Cunt Chairs’, etchings, paintings. This eclectic installation will include a protest banner from the Anti-Gulf War March, which was constructed by Christine and Susanne Radmann. 

Paintings from the Binnie family collection have been used to create an original salon style hang with wall mural. These painted gestures are influenced by Charleston Farmhouse, the home of the Bloomsbury Group in Sussex, located close to their family home. Jennifer paints beyond the canvas onto many domestic surfaces. Her recent work ‘Painted dresser’ (2020) is an decorated dresser which belonged to their Grandmother. The work includes a portrait of Emilly Powell, referencing the Willow Pattern, popular in her day.

Kunstraum’s Speakeasy will host documentation of the play ‘The Knives Beside the Plates [She Gave Her Body But Kept Her Head]’(1983), a punk anthropological reflection on ritual magic, featuring the Binnies Sisters as lead characters. Taking the format of a reprised version of The Thousand and One Nights, the play sees Sheherazade remaining alive, turning King Sharyar (her would-be murderer) into a harmless eunuch, staging initiation rituals out of “Symbolic Wounds“ by Bruno Bettelheim (1958).

The Muddy Clearing Live programme, will punctuate the exhibition, acknowledging a series of countercultural performers and artists from the 1980s to today:

Sunday 15 March, 10:30am – 4:00pm ‘Miss Marina Psyco-pomp of the Counterintuitive Homeodynamic’

Friday 20 March, 7pm -’The Muddy Clearing Spring Equinox’ performance night.

Thursday 2 April, 7pm– ‘mother-rights’ performance, Hermine Demoriane.

Friday 10 April – 3-7pm, ‘The Muddy Clearing Good Friday

 

BIOGRAPHIES

The Binnie Sister’s practice is influenced by their creative parents – father a follower of Rudolph Steiner’s painting out of colour technique and craftswoman mother. 

Christine Binnie makes things and makes things happen. Working on the crossover between craft, art and action,  she works with clay and with her body to produce performative ceramic events. Her domestic ceramics are often subverted with contradictory words and images. The crossover continues with ceramic works as documents of Neo Naturist activities. 

Jennifer Binnie has spent six decades developing a language in paint which she uses for the expression of ideas. 

The Neo Naturists is a performance based live art practice started during the early 1980s in London, UK by Christine Binnie, Jennifer Binnie, and Wilma Johnson. The Neo Naturists subtextually, used their own female bodies in the context of the, often gay and exquisitely dandyesque, club scene, such as The Blitz, to play with feminist sexuality issues and sexual politics. As living, naked paintings they performed ancient and modern rituals, everyday actions and rituals on stages lit like kitchens. They juxtaposed ritual action with ‘common sense’ to create messy exuberant happenings. They continue to produce work together, their most recent performance was held on the banks on the Thames on the Winter Solstice, December 2019.

The Muddy Clearing was a performance event originally set up in Eastbourne in 2013.