Zabludowicz Collection presents The Terrace of Lungs, an Invites presentation by London-based artist Fani Parali, focussing solely on a commissioned live performance work.
Parali uses text, song, audio recording, performers and physical props as materials to create (dis)embodied and otherworldly narratives, exploring identity and absence. The Terrace of Lungs is a new work for two characters, revealed through objects, choreography and song. Set within a sculptural stage that echoes the shape and scale of the gallery space, the performance occurs for an intimate audience in close proximity. Intended to be experienced more than once, the work will repeat on select Thursday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
At the centre of the work is the entwined relationship between voice and body, and their simultaneous presence and absence. Creating a complex dynamic, the work addresses intimacy and the need for support, attempting to break down boundaries that keep beings at a distance, be they place, or gender, or any of the other demarcations we use to delineate who we are and what we are not. Recorded voices are mediated through the bodies of the performers, the characters emerging as part human, part animal, part spirit, and part landscape – as other. The poetic and physical encounter between these polymorphous creatures allows the viewer to enter their world – ‘the terrace of lungs’.
Thursday 2nd May, 7-9pm
Performances every half hour (no advance booking)
Saturday 4th May, 2-5pm
Saturday 11th May, 2-5pm
Sunday 12th May, 2-5pm
Thursday 16th May, 6-9pm
Saturday 18th May, 2-5pm
Sunday 19th May, 2-5pm
Performances every hour – Booking
Fani Parali (b. Greece, lives in London) studied BA Sculpture at Camberwell College of Arts and completed her postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy Schools in 2017. Selected solo and group exhibitions include: Drawing Biennale 2019, Drawing Room, London; Hyper Mesh, Assembly Point, London, 2019; Arc. Herrick Gallery, London, 2018; The Creatures, Chalton Gallery, London, 2018; Chumming, The Pipe Factory (part of GI Festival), Glasgow, 2018; Bearing Liability, Strange Cargo Gallery, Folkestone, 2017; RA Schools Show 2017, Royal Academy Schools, London; Gender, Identity and Material, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2017; MONO7, Courtyard Theatre, London, 2017; Oral Rinse 2, Waterloo Action Centre, London, 2016; Dark Water, Dilston Grove, London, 2016; A COOL DRINK TO CHEEK, Plazaplaza, London, 2014. Parali was one of the recipients of the Studiomakers Prize, by Outset and Tiffany and Co, 2017.
Zabludowicz Collection Invites: Dedicated to solo presentations by UK-based artists without UK commercial gallery representation.Fani Parali, Hyper Mesh performance. Photo: Ben Westoby