Prem Sahib was born in London in 1982. He lives and works in London. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Lorcan O’Neill, Rome, Italy (Winter 2016); Prem Sahib in collaboration with Celia Hempton, Southard Reid, London, UK (Spring 2017) and Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany (Summer 2017). Recent solo exhibitions include Grand Union, Grand Union, Birmingham, (2016); Side On, ICA, London and END UP, Southard Reid, London (2015); performance and presentation of work made in Stromboli as part of Forget Amnesia curated by Milovan Farronato and Haroon Mirza, Fiorucci Trust, Italy, Tongues, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai (2014); Night Flies, Southard Reid, London, Back Chat, Lorcan O’Neill Gallery, Rome (2013); Home From Home, Arts & Jobs, London, He Looked Me Up, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam, and FEEL UP in collaboration with Eddie Peake, Southard Reid, London (2012). Group exhibitions include Prediction, curated by Milovan Farronato, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil, Secret Surface, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany and Thinking Tantra, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, India (2016); The Ultimate Vessel, Koppe Astner, Glasgow, UK, Sensorium, Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts, India, fig-2 25/50 in collaboration with Celia Hempton and Cecilia Bengolea, ICA Studio, London, UK, Britain Can Make It, Hayward Gallery, London, UK, I am here but you’ve gone, curated by Milovan Farronato and Stella Bottai, Fiorucci Art Trust, London, UK (2015); Burning Down The House, Gwangju Biennale, Korea, LISTENING, Hayward Touring Contemporary Open, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK, Do Not Disturb, At the Invitation of Elmgreen & Dragset, Gerhardsen Gerner, Oslo, Norway (2014); Abstract Cabinet, David Roberts Foundation London, Days In Lieu, David Zwirner, London, (2013). Performances include Bijou, Grand Union, Birmingham (2016); Woman to Woman, Gallery Vela, London (2012); Bijou, IBID Projects, London, Darkroom with Eddie Peake, Vogue Fabrics, Take Courage London (2011).
During his residency, Prem Sahib will produce a series of still life sculptures, handmade posters and rubbings that will take their cue from the social events and gatherings occurring around the city. The final outcome of works will be presented in an installation format, referencing to activities commonly associated with the night, occurring during the day.
Cruising the House
In a compound graciously perched on a steep hill below Cristo Redentor (a looming presence that appears and disappears according to the Gospel of the cloudy winter season) new pathways will be opened and new functionalities will be improvised for the duration of a day, September 11th. Artist Prem Sahib will be ‘crossing the line’ of a residential space, in the company of curator Milovan Farronato.
The guesthouse where they are living and working for one month will host an assembly of athletic bodies, fragmented to capture the prominence of their curves. This series of hand painted studies are reminiscent of the daily competitions occurring around the city and will be marked by an alternative Olympic poster designed by the artist.
Will the Sauna still function as such, or according to the specific aesthetic of Sahib, turn into one of his leitmotifs? Will the Gymnasium be accessible, or new visual instruction be provided? For sure a new club night will be dreamed up in the depths of the prominent vegetation of the Jardim Botanico district. These are all areas of Inclusartiz facing the sun, where viewers will be able to see the handmade ‘draft’ of an exhibition. The rest of the interventions will be layered along the narrow labyrinthine pathways that exist in the shade of the garden or the underbelly of the mansion.
To cruise implies movement in search of possible pleasure, without a specific goal. To sail about on a pleasure trip with different stops, or enjoy new locations at a constant speed that permits maximum efficiency. Cruising the House will inflict a fictional narrative to coexist alongside the domestic dimension.