Auto Italia, London, 08 December 2017, 19:00 — 20:00
Rhoda Boateng, Adam Farah-Saad, Chloe Filani, Christopher Kirubi and Shenece Oretha
Rush, 2017. Courtesy of the artists.

For a minute, I’m glad I’m on the ground because there’s nothing left for me to fall off of and because the feeling of the dirt and concrete against the side of my face makes me think of the inside of your mouth which is coarse, damp and dark like the unlit street. As I push myself up some secret part of me makes an effort to brush the edge of my mouth against the street, my lips twitch slightly as they scrape against the gravel.
I feel a tiny rock stick to the corner of my mouth.
I don’t brush it away.

Rush is a project initiated by Christopher Kirubi in collaboration with Adam Farah-Saad, Chloe Fiilani, Shenece Oretha and Rhoda Boateng, working together as artists and friends meeting regularly to discuss spaces of desire, of community, and of action. Through poetry, sound and performance the artists will seek to trace often hidden spaces of intimacy and carve out new ones, both private and shared.

Rush is about forming an opening in this conversation. It is a working blueprint to help understand what a movement in and out of otherness might feel like, how the story-telling of a phone call and other ways of sharing language can work to form points of contact that are loose, tentative and playful, and are formed on their own terms.

For this launch evening, the artists will share text, sound and movements that have emerged from these conversations; acting as performances, excerpts, provocations and shared moments. Rush will continue in 2018 with a publication project.

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