2011


The Count of Monte Cristo: Conspiracy, Rogue Project Space, Manchester

Conspiracy

Rogue Project Space, Manchester, 29 April–6 May 2011

Conspiracy is the third chapter in a series of exhibitions inspired by Alexandre Dumas's classic adventure story; The Count of Monte Cristo.

Working in a range of disciplines and media, the artists' each plot their own responses to the settings and overarching themes of betrayal, disguise, revenge and patience, mapping out a narrative of imagined objects, characters, conversations and relics.

For Conspiracy Annabel Dover shows paintings and films that link to investigations of her family history. Hayley Lock shows collages of imaginary aristocrats. Cathy Lomax shows Supporting Cast, large-scale ‘film poster’ paintings of minor characters from the novel. Alex Pearl shows documentation of an elaborate fantasy involving the death of thousands of artists, presents work from a series of films involving things hiding in cardboard boxes, as well as continuing to steal ideas from his fellow exhibitors and presenting them as his own. Mimei Thompson shows a series of digital prints created from drawings and paintings, based on images of formal French gardens.

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The Supporting Cast

'Posters of artistocratic heartbeats... painted with utterly swooning brushstrokes' Robert Clark, Guardian Guide 30.04.11

          
  Valentine de Villefort                            Lord Wilmore


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