Room E-10 27 is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition and first Paris solo show by artist duo Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings. If These Fossils Could Talk… is the second instalment in a series of projects hosted by the curatorial platform Room E-10 27 – a not-for-profit space created and run by Thomas Butler.
For If These Fossils Could Talk.. Rosie Hastings and Hannah Quinlan explore the radical potential of queer objects in a post-human and post-apocalyptic world. Their previous exhibitions, events and readings interrogate the idea of a queer subjectivity in the context of today’s political climate. Through their series of @GAYBAR events and exhibitions they re-materialize the gay bar as a politically queer space and as a way of examining the subsequent neo-liberalisation, white-washing and heteronormalization of gay rights.
The duo’s video work is a nuanced response to Jose Muñoz’s writings on the shifting horizons of queerness and the political potentials this presents. Myriad concerns are explored in work that posits climate change as a metaphor for gentrification, the subsequent erasure of social groups and alternative queer spaces in their native London. The artists have expressed their interest in both the erasure of queer spaces and resilience of the gay bar as an adaptable and transhistorical form that replicates as well as resists dominant forms of social oppression.They achieve this with sophisticated CGI rendering of imagined landscapes that are reinvested and relayed with the potentiality of the sublime as queer. If These Fossils Could Talk.. is about reimagining the symbolic order through narrative forms and includes writing, music, film and sculpture spanning geological, political and temporal locations.
Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings (1991, Newcastle & London) have exhibited during the group event Then Nothing Ever Happens Because Nothing Ever Does at the Zabludowicz Collection, London in December 2014 as part of the Ryan Trecartin and Lizzy Fitch exhibition. Tifkas, their first London solo exhibition took place in March 2015 at Arcadia Missa, London. They will be performing in collaboration with Sam Cottington in Basel June 18 with their piece Cruising Extinction @GAYBAR, hosted by Oslo 10, Basel as part of the Corridor: Episode 2 programme.
If These Fossils Could Talk They Would Tell You Who Got Fucked and Who Didn’t HD video still, 2"5'
If These Fossils Could Talk They Would Tell You Who Got Fucked and Who Didn’t Installation view, 2 channel HD video with surround soundtrack, 2"5'
If These Fossils Could Talk They Would Tell You Who Got Fucked and Who Didn’t Installation view
If These Fossils Could Talk They Would Tell You Who Got Fucked and Who Didn’t A1 laser-etched toughened glass panel
If These Fossils Could Talk They Would Tell You Who Got Fucked and Who Didn’t Detail, A1 laser-etched toughened glass panel
Courtesy the artists and Room E-10 27 Photos: Quentin Dubret