Heman Chong, ‘An Arm, A Leg and Other Stories’ at South London Gallery

08th February 2016

11 DECEMBER 2015–28 FEBRUARY 2016

South London Gallery
65-67 Peckham Road
London SE5 8UH

A million blacked out business cards covering the floor set the scene for this exhibition which explores ideas of exchange, and the role of rules and regulations in determining codes of behaviour. Every Wednesday, a performance will occur in the main space where participants are taught to recite a short story which is transmitted by word of mouth.

Second-hand copies of novels are included in the gift shop and made available for sale, while sixty-six paintings in the gallery weave together a list of novels, abstractions and spam e-mails.

In the first floor galleries Writing, Rooms, an informal residency programme for fiction writers, sees Mira Mattar, and a collaboration between Natasha Soobramanien and Luke Williams, working on their own projects throughout the course of the exhibition. Chong invited the writers to develop texts they were already working on, creating a continuum undisrupted by the hosting institution. At the end of the residency they have been asked to publish an excerpt of their writings and hold a public conversation to discuss their experiences.

Heman Chong is an artist and writer whose work is located at the intersection between image, performance, situations and writing. His work continuously interrogates the many functions of the production of narratives in our everyday lives.

Image: Heman Chong, Lust / Elfriede Jelinek, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 46 x 61 x 3.5 cm (18 x 24 x 1½ in)