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JE, ME
MADISON BYCROFT
Solo exhibition.

26 August – 10 September, 2017
Opening: 26 August at 5 p.m.

ADELAÏDE
17 rue du Chevalier Roze
13002 Marseille


Composed bodies #2, 2017. 29,8 x 40,5 cm.

"Je me", a composition of words that puts two selves alongside each other and/or one after the other. How does the reflexive verb move? It goes out and in. Are both actions simultaneous? Or are they sequential? They move away, loop around and mingle in an-other space, before returning.

The body receives itself that is no longer itself.

For her first solo exhibition in France, Adelaide presents a new body of work by the artist, including drawings, sculpture and video. Collectively, the work attempts to think a space between multiplicity and effacement. What happens to a body that is affected and affecting, that is restless beyond it's edges? In what ways can a body enact a capacity for incapacity? And what dangers are encountered therein? The artist is interested in radical forms of empathy, accommodation, and hospitality to difference, and the subsequent unfolding of a subject that allows or invites itself to be altered.

Bycroft’s practice currently explores empathic, animist, and linguistic methodologies of translation, where translation might be read as an approach, an attunement, an invocation or a being with.

Of particular interest, is the fine line between closed (reductive) and open (enabling) speech. What practical possibilities can the mystical language of unsaying and the paradox offer? How can the middle voice - a verb form both active and passive - be re-instated in speech and action, in a way that queers the subject, makes it plural, and renegotiates lines of relation?

Bycroft performs different selves, challenging the idea of a unique subject authoring her own actions, and instead situates herself as a responsive multiplicity.

Madison Bycroft is a recent graduate of the Piet Zwart Institute of Fine Art, in Rotterdam, which she attended with the support of the Anne and Gordon Samstag Scholarship. Since 2016, along with Natalia Sorzano and Kari Robertson she runs GHOST, a platform for new collaboration and facilitation.
Bycrofts Australian exhibitions include: "CatDog" - Greenaway Gallery, "Primavera: Young Australian Artists" at the MCA in Sydney, "Synonyms for Savages", The Australian Experimental Art Foundation and It Division - Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia. International exhibitions include "Creatures of the Mud" - Westfälischer Kunstverein in Muenster, "Translating Medea", Yellow Brick, Athens, "The Blue Grey Wall" - Physics room, Christchurch, and a showing at Microscope Gallery as part of residency at the ISCP in Brooklyn, New York.

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Madison Bycroft, "Je, Me", exhibition view, Adelaïde, 2017. Photo credit Madison Bycroft



Madison Bycroft, "Je, Me", exhibition view, Adelaïde, 2017. Photo credit Madison Bycroft



Madison Bycroft, "Je, Me", exhibition view, Adelaïde, 2017. Photo credit Madison Bycroft



Madison Bycroft, "Je, Me", exhibition view, Adelaïde, 2017. Photo credit Madison Bycroft



Madison Bycroft, Composed Bodies #9, 75 x 110 cm, exhibition "Je, Me", Adelaïde, 2017. Photo credit Madison Bycroft



Madison Bycroft, Oublire, exhibition "Je, Me", Adélaïde, 2017. Photo credit Madison Bycroft