The exhibition in DDA’s gallery space featured recent works by Athene Greig and Karolina Mikeskova, who both took part in the Ferrara Residency organised by Resina in September 2017. Karolina’s work reuses everyday objects and materials and imbues them with a new life, thinking through notions of failure and transformation, and working with unpredictability to challenge ideas of usefulness. Athene’s practice, rooted in painting, exudes feelings of lightness, tension, fragility and gesture, celebrating the making process and the universe of references behind it.

Not-writings” was an occasion to present a publication about the experience of Ferrara Residency 2017, to show new work by Athene Greig and Karolina Mikeskova, and host a reading session organised by Sandi Hudson-Francis and the newly formed RAM reading group who also took part in Ferrara Residency 2017; an informal meeting in the gallery space as a continuation of the conversations on the theme of care that were initiated through a reading group and various encounters during our time in Ferrara. This time it included reading together texts by Jo Spence, a British photographer, writer and cultural worker, as a way to start exploring her archive, to which Sandi has an intimate and unusual connection.

The publication Who Cares? Ferrara Residency 2017, originates from the experience of the first edition of Ferrara Residency, a one-month residency program that took place in the city of Ferrara, Italy, during September 2017, and contains contributions by writer George Jepson, curator Olivia Berkowicz and artist Marianna Feher. As part of the exhibition artist Entschuldigung from Rat Run Records also joined for a sound performance.

The exhibition and events are curated  by Angelica Bollettinariand Lucie Kordacova, from the Deptford-based curatorial platform sixtyseven collective and resina.
Athene Greig is a London based artist. Her practice is rooted in painting but the work also takes the form of installation and sound. She holds a BA(hons) Fine Art, Painting from the Glasgow School of Art. From 2015-17 she took part on the Turps Studio Programme, London. Whilst at Turps she was selected by DOLPH projects to present a solo exhibition at Sluice 2017. Group exhibitions include Odd Space, Hewing Wittare, London, 2018; A bath of self-esteem, Galleria del Carbone, Ferrara, Italy, 2017; Turps end of year show, Art Bermondsey Project Space, London, 2017; Creekside Open 2017 selected by Alison Wilding, APT Gallery, Deptford; London Open 2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London.

Karolina Mikeskova is an artist based in London and Prague. She is interested in objects that form part of our cultural symbolism and whose presence somehow exceeds mere practical use. In her practice consisting mainly of installation and photography, she focuses on the transformation of manufactured products into artefacts, as well as exploring the frontier that separates artificiality from natural origin. Recent exhibitions include: a bath of self-esteem, Gate/Porta, Ferrara, Italy, 2017; La Cascata, Il Turco, Ferrara, Italy, 2017; Watching a Strange Theatre, Deptford X Gallery, 2017; The Deptford X Fringe (Award winner, 2016); Inner Monologue / Eternal Desire, Backroom, London, 2016; Kuba Export, City Surfer Office, Prague, 2015.  Her work has been featured in exhibitions at: Monument, CCC Gallery, Beijing, 2016; Essl Art Award, FUTURA, Prague, 2015.

Sandi Hudson-Francis is an artist based in London. She is interested in exploring issues dealing with race, identity, class, gender and age, using a variety of techniques: photography, sound, drawing and making. Recently, she has been developing a project around the Walworth area of South East London, in particular Elephant & Castle, observing the fast pace of the everchanging city and working to preserve some of its people’s histories, which might otherwise be lost.

Image credit: Karolina Mikeskova