Reading room, Tai Shani

Friday 15 Sep 2023 from 5pm to 9:30pm

Saturday 16 Sep 2023 from 11am to 9pm

Sunday 17 Sep 2023 from 11am to 6pm

Free entry

Free access, without registration

© Martin Argyroglo

This installation plays on recurring visual motifs in Tai Shani's work.

The huge dots become pillows, the architecture a carpet, and transform them into a three-dimensional interactive space. The image used in the installation comes from a series of watercolours entitled 'The Passion', based on the set architecture of Carl Dreyer's silent film "La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc".
Tai Shani’s artistic practice, comprising performance, film, photography, and installation, uses experimental writing as a guiding method.

Oscillating between theoretical concepts and visceral details, Shani’s texts attempt to create poetic coordinates in order to cultivate fragmentary cosmologies of marginalised nonsovereignty. Taking cues from both mournful and undead histories of reproductive labour, illness and solidarity, her work is invested in recovering feminised aesthetic modes – such as the floral, the trippy or the gothic – in a register of utopian militancy. In this vein, the epic, in both its literary long-form and excessive affect, often shapes Shani’s approach: Her long-term projects work through historical and mythical narratives, such as Christine de Pizan’s allegorical city of women or the social history of psychedelic ergot poisoning. Extending into divergent formats and collaborations. Shani’s projects examine desire in its (infra-)structural dimension, exploring a realism that materially fantasises against the patriarchal racial capitalist present. Tai Shani is the joint 2019 Turner Prize winner together with Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock and Oscar Murillo. Her work has been shown extensively in Britain and internationally.

In 2019 Tai Shani was a Max Mara prize nominee. Her work has been shown at British Art Show 09, Touring (2021), CentroCentro, Madrid (2019-20), Turner Contemporary, UK (2019); Grazer Kunstverein, Austria (2019); Nottingham Contemporary, U.K. (2019); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Italy (2019); Glasgow International, UK (2018); Tenstakonsthall, Sweden (2017), Wysing Arts Centre, UK (2017); Serpentine Galleries, London (2016); Tate, London (2016); and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2016).