For Acquiring Lungs and Walking on Dry Land
Opening Reception: Thursday 29 September, 6.30-9pm
Dates: Friday 30 September – Sunday 2 October
To coincide with Art Licks Weekend, DKUK Salon is proud to present For Acquiring Lungs and Walking on Dry Land by Ilona Sagar at an off-site location near Rye Lane.
This new installation looks at the history and social significance of the Peckham Experiment, a holistic model of healthcare which aimed to cultivate community wellbeing from 1926-50. It uses the radical Peckham Pioneer Centre, established in 1935, as a lens through which to examine ideas of health, welfare and wellness, exploring interactions between collective understandings of common good and individual wellbeing.
Sagar will be working with the empty retail unit as an active space of research. She will partition the salon with specially printed fabric, where clients can sit and have their hair cut whilst viewing archive footage shot at the Pioneer Centre in the 1930s, courtesy of the Wellcome Trust. Hesitant desire shall flourish in a soil not too strong, a series of audio walks produced in partnership with The Ballad of Peckham Rye will play in the space, which include invited speakers and address the changing intellectual and political landscape of public health. This is the first in a series of research events, which will culminate in a moving-image installation ‘Correspondence O’ at South London Gallery in 2017, funded by the Wellcome Trust.
DKUK has been operating in Peckham for two years. At DKUK Salon, paying clients get their hair cut in front of art. Realised by artist/ hairdresser Daniel Kelly, DKUK provides a platform for engaging diverse audiences with contemporary art in the welcoming environment of a hairdressing salon.
Ilona Sagar received her BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College (2008) and her MFA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art (2012). Using a diverse range of media spanning performance, film and assemblage, she has formed a body of work, which responds to the social and historic context found in the public and private spaces we inhabit. Social System Dance is the first installment of Sagar’s on-going project Correspondence O, which will also be presented at South London Gallery.