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CHISENHALE GALLERY: EDWARD THOMASSON - THE PRESENT TENSE - 3 July 2014 to 24 Aug 2014

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3 July 2014 to 24 Aug 2014
HOURS : WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY 1.00PM – 6.00PM
Preview: Wednesday 2 July, 6.30-8.30pm
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Edward Thomasson
The Present Tense
3 July - 24 August 2014


Artists in this exhibition: Edward Thomasson


Edward Thomasson
The Present Tense

3 July - 24 August 2014
Preview: Wednesday 2 July, 6.30-8.30pm

Chisenhale Gallery presents the first major solo exhibition by Edward Thomasson and the premiere of his video The Present Tense, commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery and Create as part of the Chisenhale Gallery Create Residency (2012-14).

The Present Tense brings together three interconnecting stories, exploring the ways in which proximity and distance alter our understanding of one another. Set on and around a building site, a cycle of urban demolition and construction provides a backdrop for the physical and emotional regeneration of the central characters. The video is structured around an extended musical number written with composer Soosan Lolovar.

The Present Tense develops Thomasson’s specific approach to storytelling, which draws from the genre of musical theatre and its affective engagement with the audience, to navigate the space between interior experience and exterior presentations of the self within social contexts. This new work is conceived by Thomasson as an act of collective storytelling, exploring how performed narratives operate in non-theatrical environments, and features a group of trained and untrained performers, many of whom have worked with the artist throughout his eighteen-month residency.

The Present Tense has been developed during Thomasson’s Chisenhale Gallery Create Residency 2012-14 within Chisenhale Gallery’s Offsite programme and is commissioned in partnership with Create, a creative agency delivering projects in east London involving artists and local communities. The partnership reflects the two organisations’ mutual interests in commissioning artists to engage with east London’s communities and its varied social and cultural contexts.


Edward Thomasson's exhibition is produced in partnership with Create.
Supported by the Edward Thomasson Supporters Circle.
With thanks to Southard Reid.
The Chisenhale Gallery Create Residency 2012-14 is supported by Legacy Trust UK and Arts Council England.

Chisenhale Exhibitions Partner: Fiorucci Art Trust


Talks & Events

Saturday 12 July, 3-5pm
A discussion chaired by writer and academic Andrea Phillips; with Edward Thomasson; Hadrian Garrard, Director, Create; and Laura Wilson, Offsite and Education Organiser, Chisenhale Gallery; looking at the process of commissioning The Present Tense and Thomasson’s 18 month residency.

Sunday 13 July, 2-5pm
A workshop led by The London Psychodrama Network exploring methods of self transformation in response to Edward Thomasson’s exhibition.Thursday 17 July, 9-10.30am
A special viewing of Edward Thomasson’s exhibition with cakes provided by the East End Women’s Institute.

Saturday 19 July, 3pm
A tour of the exhibition led by independent curator and writer Naomi Pearce.Thursday 31 July, 7pm
Edward Thomasson in conversation with Jennifer Higgie, novelist, screenwriter, critic and co-editor of frieze.

All events are free to attend but booking is advised. To reserve a place please visit our Eventbrite page here.



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