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Event details

Event date: 
3 June 2015
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15 June 2015
11:00 - 18:00
Event duration: 
Wed - Fri 11am - 6pm; Sat - Sun 10am - 5pm
Type of event: 
Target audience and any restrictions: 
no restrictions
All ages
Access for wheelchair users: 
Venue name: 
Peckham Platform
89 Peckham High Street
SE15 5RS


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About the event

A national tour of a major new artwork exploring the cycles of addiction and recovery will launch at Peckham Platform this May. Melanie Manchot’s Twelve is a multi-channel video installation that depicts the recollections, rituals, repetitions and ruptures of twelve lives spent in addiction and recovery. 

Manchot has worked in dialogue with twelve people over two years at rehabilitation communities in Liverpool, Oxford and London. All were in recent recovery from drug or alcohol misuse. Twelve is directly informed by their personal written and oral testimonies; the individuals appear as co-creators and performers within the final video pieces. The exhibition is the culmination of a research project commissioned by the Wellcome Trust and Portraits of Recovery.

Manchot’s work connects individual recollections in which everyday situations, events and activities are rendered dramatic or abstract and infused with tragedy, pathos and humour. Parts of the piece directly reference iconic scenes from the films of Michael Haneke, Gus van Sant, Bela Tarr and Chantal Akerman – a ferry journey across the Mersey, a darkened room looking out on to an early morning street, a car wash, the cutting of daisies with small scissors, the obsessive cleaning of a floor – providing the framework for reflections on remembered incidents and states of mind. 

Twelve will be Peckham Platform’s first commission to be exhibited over two spaces – the main gallery on Peckham Square and the vacant high-street shop adjoining the gallery. The latter, 91 Peckham High Street, will be include the results of an additional six-month collaboration between Manchot and local people from Lambeth dealing with addiction. Together, and with the support of the Maudsley Charity (South London and Maudsley Trust) they have created a publication that explores their experiences in the cycle of addiction and recovery and their reactions to Manchot’s video work.

A vibrant series of events for the public will accompany the exhibition including artist talks, ‘Last Friday’ openings in May and June (when other local galleries are also open late), an ‘art invasion’ from students at Central Saint Martins, and a debate on the value of the arts within the mental health sector. Taking place at Goldsmiths, speakers will include the projects evaluator Dr Alison Rooke (senior lecturer at Goldsmiths) and Dr Luke Mitcheson (consultant clinical psychologist for the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust). 


Peckham Platform
0207 358 9645


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