INSOMNIA. Leah Clements. 02.12.22-29.01.23







Exhibition Dates and Times:


2nd December 2022 - 29th January 2023
Thursday-Sunday, 12-6pm

Preview:
Thursday 1st of December 2022, 6.30-8.30pm

Winter closure:
19th December 2022 - 18th January 2022
To visit by appointment, during this period please contact info.southkiosk@gmail.com

Location: South Kiosk London




South Kiosk is pleased to present INSOMNIA, a solo exhibition by Leah Clements. INSOMNIA will be Clements’ first exhibition of photographic work, looking into the emotional and psychological effects of insomnia-related sleep phenomena and sleep paralysis, through ambiguous, grainy and in-depth photographs, accompanied by vocalised image descriptions.

INSOMNIA reveals the surreal or paranormal side of being estranged in one’s own home. Body and mind thrown out of time, between hyper-alertness and loss of consciousness. In these images, there are shadows lurking, eerie lights flickering, water, silence... Taken at night when the atmosphere drops and in the blink of an eye, the hinterland is revealed.

Clements’ work often suggests this otherworldly space as a collective alternative to that of the present sick body. In INSOMNIA this will be further explored through integrating creative access adjustments into the artwork, the exhibition-making process and the public programme.

Leah Clements’ practice includes performance, installation, writing and film to develop a language of chronic illness and disability. www.leahclements.com

Curated by Mariana Lemos. www.marianalemos.co.uk

This project has been supported by an Arts Council England Lottery Project Grant.

Access information:


South Kiosk is wheelchair accessible by a ramp. The closest train station is Peckham Rye, which is a 3 minute walk from the gallery at a google map ‘walk’ pace. The station doesn’t have wheelchair access. The closest bus stop is just outside Peckham Rye station. Chairs with backs, as well as softer seating, will be available. An audio track describing the photographic work is part of the exhibition, all attendees will have a chance to hear this. For any further questions about access please contact info.southkiosk@gmail.com.

Public programme:


The full public programme will be presented in partnership with publishing platform Chateau International, in an attempt to democratise access to situated programming and provide a lasting resource that extends beyond the duration and context of the exhibition.

Saturday 10th December 2022, 5-7pm
A POETRY EVENING WITH ACHE MAGAZINE
Readings by Kirstie Millar, Nina Mingya Powles and Memoona Zahid at South Kiosk
RSVP for the poetry evening through this link 
This event will have BSL interpretation, and the audio will be recorded, broadcasted with RTM.FM on episode 2 and afterwards available online with Chateau International with a transcript. Please contact info.southkiosk@gmail.com for further information on access.
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be served.

Wednesday 14th December 2022, 7-9pm
FDRG: SLEEPLESS TEXTS BY LEAH CLEMENTS & JENN ASHWORTH
Feminist Duration Reading Group at South Kiosk
RSVP for the FDRG event through this link 
If you require BSL interpretation for this event, please let us know by 1st December by contacting info.southkiosk@gmail.com
For further information about the event please contact feministduration@gmail.com

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 16, 17 & 18th December 2022
INSOMNIAC RADIO WITH RTM.FM
Broadcasting 3 episodes on RTM.fm radio
These broadcasts will be audio-only. Following this, the audio recordings will be available online at Chateau International with a transcript for each episode.

Saturday 14th January 2023, 5-7pm
TALK: SLEEP & PSYCHOLOGY WITH ALICE GREGORY
Talk at Copleston Centre, Copleston Rd, London SE15 4AN
RSVP for the talk through this link 
This event will have BSL interpretation.

Wednesday 18th January 2023, 7pm
OUTSIDE OF TIME, ANOTHER PLACE: LEAH CLEMENTS & JAMILA PROWSE MUTUAL INTERVIEW
Event online hosted by Chateau International
This video will be BSL interpreted and have captions. The speakers will self-describe and will describe any visual information shared throughout.

Saturday 21st January 2023, 3-5pm
TOUCHING INSOMNIA: A SENSORIAL EXPLORATION WITH ANDY SHIPLEY
Workshop exploring the exhibition at South Kiosk
RSVP for the workshop through this link 
If you require BSL interpretation for this event, please let us know by 7 January by contacting info.southkiosk@gmail.com

Saturday 28th January 2023, 5pm
CLOSING EVENT WITH LEAH CLEMENTS & MARIANA LEMOS
Exhibition tour at South Kiosk
If you require BSL interpretation for this event, please let us know by 14 January by contacting info.southkiosk@gmail.com

Image description: A grainy analogue photograph of a figure in the distance, through two open sets of doors in the centre, at the end of a series of empty rooms. The room we're in though is domestic but dark. Plants, a computer, and a table are just visible in the gloomy night. An eerie light shines on the figure, dressed in black. They stand with their body facing the left, but turning their hooded head slightly towards us. We can't distinguish their face, but we know they're looking at us. Their arms hang, not without tension, at their sides, and one of their hands is glowing with such a bright light, it glows in a stream across the floor towards us.