Chalton Gallery is pleased to present the solo exhibition of Byzantia Harlow: Duplicate (No one will drink the water of your well if you yourself do not drink it).
The exhibition uses the metaphor of sustenance from an impure source to question what is genuine and what is artificial – whether truth really matters when both can give pleasure. Can a contaminated source of water be purified enough to maintain life through rituals involving stolen gestures? The mirrored movements an attempt to cleanse the well’s contents via transubstantiation.
The exhibition presents a video work documenting a performance in Lithuania. Harlow worked with Lithuanian dancer, Ruta Butkus, to create a rhythmic, ritualistic performance generated by hand gestures observed in public spaces with props and costume made by Harlow.