I will be speaking with Polish artist Kle Mens and curators Elaine Tam and Ryan Lanji at REJEKT Gallery. We'll be discussing Kle Mens's exhibition, her work and its themes.
Saturday, 15 June @ 3pm
82a Commercial Street, London E1 6LY3
In her first UK solo show, Kle Mens makes a brave incantation, summoning both religious martyrs and mythological hybrids to evoke the formidable force of female transformation, which underlies all her work. In a relational gesture of self- sacrifice, paint becomes embodied flesh, a profound moment of ekstasis propelling her into the temporality of long- standing religious order, a remark upon the continued urgency of feminist concerns. With similar spirit, she investigates the unusual, always-timeliness of the apocalypse — the recurring crisis of individual, collective and planetary future that haunts existence. Kle Mens presents us with this provocation: a Hybrid Prophecy that sees her assuming new bodies and fictions, while persisting with the religious iconography that she is passionately indebted to. With this, Kle Mens continues her elegant foray into mythic territories, their power and their promise.