Josefin Arnell, Failure is a feeling that exist long before it comes, 2019
Nothing gentle will remain
Designed by Lotte Lara Schröder, with contributions by Josefin Arnell, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Paul Maheke, Dipesh Pandya, and Naïmé Perrette with Sara Giannini and Sam Keogh.
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Nothing gentle will remain emerges from the different paces, rhythms and timescales of a seaside town, inviting artists and audiences to speculate on how we gather together, both now and in the future. With a crowded beach and abandoned arcades, a turbulent sea and a century-old amusement park, Margate is a town that fluctuates between carnivalesque abundance and eerie absence. The region’s geological history, ancient myths and seasonal tides form an environment in which past, present and future overlap, merging into a collective voice across time that shapes our experiences of Margate today.
Departing from these peculiar sensations of space and time, Nothing gentle will remain brings together a series of newly commissioned works by artists Josefin Arnell, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Paul Maheke, Dipesh Pandya, and Naïmé Perrette with Sara Giannini and Sam Keogh. Ranging from drawing and collage to poetry, an incantation and a script of a performance that never happened, their contributions serve as a manual for how we can come together and take up space during these strange and uncertain times, to explore what might happen if we spill over and ooze out.
Nothing gentle will remain is a collaboration between Lydia Antoniou, Caterina Guadagno, Nora Kovacs, Titus Nouwens and William Rees, in partnership with Open School East. Its title is borrowed from CAConrad’s poem of the same name, published in ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness (2014), with their kind permission. Initially conceived as a series of performances, workshops and screenings to take place across Margate in May 2020, Nothing gentle will remain has developed within a continually shifting context of seismic global events: both the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and worldwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism. Most acutely, these crises have called into question our notion of collective gathering, transforming it from a naively utopian intention, to something seemingly impossible, to a necessity in order to demand real and significant change. In keeping with these demands, all proceeds from the publication will be donated to charities and mutual aid networks working to end systemic racism, police brutality and violence in the US and UK.
In keeping with these demands, all proceeds from the publication will be donated to People Dem Collective, a community organisation born out of the lived experience of lack of space, engagement and inclusion for Black, Brown & Diaspora communities in Margate and the UK, and a desire to encourage healing and transformation. The organisation is raising funds to support the development of a new national cultural centre based in Margate that celebrates the rich cultural heritage of the town, the diversity of the thousands of visitors who come for the beach experience and the thriving arts scene and for those who live there. We are asking for a minimum donation of £10 (includes postage and shipping of the publication) which can be directed to: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/nothinggentle
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Pauline Curnier Jardin, Illustrations based on the myths and landmarks of Margate, 2020
Paul Maheke, A light barrel in a river's mouth, 2020
Dipesh Pandya, Tiger’s Eyes, 2020
Naïmé Perrette and Sam Keogh, And_Then_Two_2_two_deux_do_II_too_ touche_touch_tout, 2020