‘2 For 1’ Curated by Thorp Stavri & HAZE
‘2 For 1’ Curated by Thorp Stavri & HAZE
PRIVATE VIEW Thursday 15th June 6-9pm
Open 16th June – 7th July 2023
Thursday – Sunday 12 – 6pm
50 Celebration Avenue, Stratford, London E20 1DB
Kindly supported by Get Living
“2 for 1” is a phrase commonly associated with consumerism and the retail industry, whereby customers can purchase one item and receive a second one at no additional cost. However, the “2 for 1” concept can extend beyond the retail sector, symbolising the notion of receiving additional and unexpected advantages, or opportunities in various contexts. As such, this exhibition adopts the well-known retail term, not only as a nod to the building’s past – a Sainsbury’s supermarket, but also to the collaboration between two curatorial platforms – Thorp Stavri (Eric Thorp and Nicholas Stavri) and HAZE (Camilla Bliss and Solanne Bernard), as they explore the concepts of duality and multiplicity.
As nomadic curatorial platforms, we have embedded collaboration and partnering into the core of our practice. Recognising the limitations of working independently, we have consistently fostered support systems that extend beyond our individual capacities. Having previously worked together on the monumental Factory Project, we unite again for a new exhibition with a view to highlighting the importance of partnerships, by shining a spotlight on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
With Goal 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) as our keystone, this exhibition highlights the conversations raised by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
1. NO POVERTY
2. ZERO HUNGER
3. GOOD HEALTH AND WELL BEING
4. QUALITY EDUCATION
5. GENDER EQUALITY
6. CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
7. AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
8. DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
9. INDUSTRY INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
10. REDUCED INEQUALITIES
12. RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
13. CLIMATE ACTION
14. LIFE BELOW WATER
15. LIFE ON LAND
16. PEACE JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS
17. PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
The SDGs were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, and provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. The Goals are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests. Through this collaborative exhibition, we aim to activate the dynamic energy of art to create a dialogue with the SDGs and inspire creatives and communities in a positive and meaningful way.
Expanding on the aims set by the SDGs, 2 For 1 brings together 32 artists whose practices address one or more of these goals and explore the important topics raised by them – highlighting the strength in collective action towards creating a sustainable and equitable future for all.
Throughout the month-long exhibition, the project aims to encourage links between sustainability, creatives and a wider community – fostering collaborations between community groups, artists, and organisations via artist-led activities and events hosted by industry professionals.
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Conor Ackhurst, Solanne Bernard, Ingrid Berthon-Moine, Camilla Bliss, Mark Conolly, John Costi, Bill Daggs, Charlotte Dawson, Marc-Aurèle Debut, Jo Dennis, Evangelia Dimitrakopoulou, Emmely Elgersma, Sally Hackett, Bart Hajduk, Alia Hamaoui, Byzantia Harlow, Natalia Janula, Marie-Louise Jones, Katia Kesic, Jon Kipps, Shepherd Manyika, Alexi Marshall, Lindsey Jean McLean, Sophie Mei, Maria Positano, Anna Reading, Ally Rosenberg, Hannah Rowan, Sam Taylor, Melania Toma, Andrea V. Wright
Thorp Stavri are a London based curatorial duo, comprising curators Eric Thorp and Nicholas Stavri. They are committed to developing and supporting artists’ practices and accessibility to art through exhibitions, collaboration, residencies, talks, workshops and an arts podcast. Thorp Stavri have been awarded the Arts Council England Project Grant for the production of ‘The Factory Project‘ at Thameside Industrial Estate, London (2021) and for ‘Five Hides’ at the historic Manor Place Baths, London (2020). Earlier this year they curated their first museum exhibition, in collaboration with Two Temple Place. Future projects include exhibitions at The Royal Society of Sculptors, London and at the Art House, Wakefield.
HAZE is an artist-led curatorial duo founded in 2021 by Camilla Bliss and Solanne Bernard, based in London.
Camilla and Solanne started their first curatorial project during the pandemic, when galleries and exhibitions were closed down. Their goal is to enable a more fluid and adaptive approach to exhibiting art. Their focus on organising shows in alternative spaces, aims to support and showcase local and international emerging artists, giving them an opportunity to explore experimental directions within their practice.
HAZE’s first show was ́Fertile Laziness’ (2021) in Platform Southwark, followed by an invitation from Thorp Stavri to take part in the ́Factory Project’ with ́Peach Fuzz’ (2011). The duo’s most recent group exhibition was ́Destructive Mollusc’ (2022) in Staffordshire Street Studios.
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