BONITA ELY | WE LIVE TO BE SURPRISED

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FROM THE KITCHEN TABLE | Drew Gallery Projects 1984-90

Brewery Tap UCA Project Space

53 Tontine Street, Folkestone CT20 1JR
Thursday-Sunday, 16 November – 9 December 2018

In 1989, In Transit: Australian Sculpture, Video and Performance took place for which 11 Australian artists were invited to create new works in the streets of Canterbury. Amongst these artists was Bonita Ely who produced ‘Labyrinth’ and ‘We Live to Be Surprised’; a fictional and dystopian scene of plaster rabbits amongst industrial debris.

Over the last 30 years, these rabbits have mutated into snabbits, half snail-half rabbit, and now find themselves in the Brewery Tap UCA Project Space, re-examining the same yet ever-important issues of climate change and genetic engineering.

Raised in agribusiness regimes, her snabbits become a feral monoculture embattled in the extremes of global warming. This new site specific work will be shown alongside documentation of Ely’s recent work for Documenta 14 Athens in 2017, ‘Plastikus Progressus’; a futuristic museum display featuring the history of the development of the solution to plastic pollution of the trans-ecology of water looking back from the year 2054.

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