Keisha Scarville Hot/Slow/Step at HUXLEY-PARLOUR, London (2022)

Current

20.9 – 11.10 2022

Keisha Scarville:Hot/Slow/Step

Keisha Scarville:Hot/Slow/Step

20.09 – 11.10.2022

Current

Hours

Monday to Saturday

10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Gallery

3-5 Swallow Street
London
W1B 4DE

Huxley-Parlour is delighted to announce an exhibition by American artist, Keisha Scarville. Scarville’s exhibition turns conceptually on the Caribbean limbo dance as a symbol of thresholds, the liminal, and the inbetween, through both abstract photography and sculpture. Using both narrative frameworks and archival material, the exhibition explores black subjectivity through metaphors of movement, negotiation and exchange.

Scarville’s exhibition takes an imaginative departure from writing on the Caribbean limbo dance, described by Guyanese author Wilson Harris as ‘a metamorphosis or new spatial character’ born of the Middle Passage – the forced voyage of enslaved Africans across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas. Here, ‘the limbo dancer moves under a bar which is gradually lowered until a mere slit of space, it seems, remains through which with spread-eagled limbs he passes like a spider’. Harris sees the limbo dance as a folk manifestation of the Caribbean imagination, and a ‘gateway or threshold to a new world’, but also crucially as a matrix which encompasses histories of conquest and imperialism across civic boundaries, namely Caribbean, African, and Amerindian experiences. Scarville uses the limbo dance to explore notions of movement, thresholds, and inbetween-ness, both in her own movements between New York and Guyana, and in the Caribbean diasporic imagination more broadly.

The exhibition is open Monday-Saturday. 10am-5.30pm on weekdays and 1.30pm-5.30pm on Saturdays.

THE EXHIBITION

9

The Works

16

1

Keisha Scarville

Within/Between/Corpus (1)

2020

Archival inkjet print

2

Keisha Scarville

Negotiating/Maneuver (3)

2020

Archival inkjet print

3

Keisha Scarville

Water/Fall

2022

Archival inkjet print

4

Keisha Scarville

Negotiating/Maneuver (20)

2022

Archival inkjet print

5

Keisha Scarville

Hand/Wall

2020

Archival inkjet print

6

Keisha Scarville

Composition/Journey/Plantation

2020

Archival inkjet print

7

Keisha Scarville

Within/Between/Corpus (1B)

2022

Archival inkjet print

8

Keisha Scarville

Negotiating/Maneuver (15)

2022

Archival inkjet print

9

Keisha Scarville

Within/Between/Corpus (19)

2022

Archival inkjet print

10

Keisha Scarville

Negotiating/Maneuver (14)

2022

Archival inkjet print

11

Keisha Scarville

Within/Between/Corpus (13)

2022

Archival inkjet print

12

Keisha Scarville

Egg/Statue

2022

Archival inkjet print

13

Keisha Scarville

Within/Between/Corpus (18)

2022

Archival inkjet print

14

Keisha Scarville

Within/Between/Corpus (17A)

2022

Archival inkjet print

15

Keisha Scarville

Within/Between/Corpus (17A)

2022

Archival inkjet print

16

Keisha Scarville

Seawall #19

2022

Archival inkjet print

Keisha Scarville

B. United States1975

B. United States1975

Biography

Keisha Scarville weaves together themes dealing with transformation, place, and thresholds. Scarville earned her BS from the Rochester Institute of Technology and studied at Parsons School of Design/The New School. Her recent group exhibitions include If I Had a Hammer – Fotofest Biennial, Houston (2022, curated by co-curated by Steven Evans, Amy Sadao, and Max Fields); SeenUNseen, LA Louver, Los Angeles (2021, curated by Alison Saar); I Belong to This, Huxley-Parlour Gallery, London (2021, curated by Justine Kurland); We Wear the Mask, Higher Pictures Generation, New York (2020, curated by D’Angelo Lovell Williams); and All of Them Witches, Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles (2020, curated by Dan Nadel and Laurie Simmons). Her work is held in the collections of the FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL; the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; the Center of Photography at Woodstock, NY; Yale University Art Gallery; the George Eastman House, among others. She lives and works in Brooklyn.

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