press release

Hydrarchy: Power and Resistance at Sea is a group exhibition that examines the contested cultural, political, social and economic territories of the sea and the offshore. Focusing on specific events, situations and mythologies attached to past and recent maritime history, the works address power relations at sea and the forms of resistance and survival developed as a response.

Hydrarchy: Power and Resistance at Sea brings together artists whose works explore topics ranging from colonialism and piracy, to tourism and offshore trading. While not always explicitly referenced in the works, the ship, as the ultimate container and enabler of these activities, histories and relations, stands as the unifying element of the exhibition.

Amongst other works presented is Aryan Death Ship (1983-2010), a video of a 1983 performance by Paul McCarthy, which has been newly-edited and will premiere at Gasworks. The exhibition further includes The Yellow Fleet (2010), a new installation by Uriel Orlow, as well as works by Mathieu K. Abonnenc and Christodolous Panayiotou, shown for the first time in the UK.

Hydrarchy: Power and Resistance at Sea also takes place offsite through activities including a conference at University College London, a performative talk at London Zoo and screenings at Tower 42 in the City.

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Hydrarchy: Power and Resistance at Sea
Kuratoren: Anna Colin, Mia Jankowicz

Künstler: Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Goldin + Senneby , Laura Horelli, Melanie Jackson, Anja Kirschner & David Panos, Paul McCarthy, Uriel Orlow, Femmy Otten, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Joao Pedro Vale