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Tuesday 19 October 2021

Silt: New Exhibition From Nika Neelova @ Brighton CCA Examining Our Relationship To Water

Silt is a new body of work by Russian born artist Nika Neelova - due to take place at the Brighton Centre for Contemporary Arts (Brighton CCA) - which examines our cultural and physical relationship to water. 
Credit Nika Neelova

The exhibition centres on a largescale sculptural installation accompanied by a series of studio works, research projects and additional contributions from artists Carolina Caycedo and Rachael Champion. 

The exhibition takes place from 22 October 2021 - 8 January 2022

Beginning with Neelova's interest in the processes of geology; the gradual layering and transformation of materials, over the last 12 months Neelova has been working in collaboration with Brighton CCA and academics at the University of Brighton on a new body of work drawing on disciplines from archaeology and ethnography to literature, natural sciences and ecology.

The exhibition title references the process in which materials suspended in water are deposited over time in pipes, at river mouths and estuaries. 

Silt is mineral rich, fundamental to shaping changing tidal landscapes and renewing fertility. It is also unstable, thick and a challenge to free-flowing waterways.

Entering the exhibition visitors find themselves in a subterranean world of archaeological strata. 

Fossils are strewn on the floor while sculptures cast from the interiors of ancient water systems are suspended throughout the space.

Neelova cross references the veins and ventricles of the human body with the visual language of museology, transforming the works into the skeletal structure.

Placing the installation within the framework of the gallery, Neelova adds a further layer in which architecture itself is conceived as a kind of body, sustained by the water and air running through the pipes woven within it. 

The installation is suffused with the accumulation of time and material, of architecture above and below the surface, of people and cultures across time linked and shaped by the liquid flowing around and through us.

Silt: an exhibition by Nika Neelova at Brighton CCA from 22 October 2021 - 08 January 2022. CLICK HERE for info.

by: Mike Cobley




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