A doctrine of scattered occasions
28.08.2021 – 25.09.2021
Giselle’s Books presents the first exhibition in France of Inventory, a collective founded in London in the mid-nineties as well as a printed journal of the same name. For this occasion Inventory have begun to realise a longstanding project, to exhibit a new series of works that draw upon and develop research material that was first introduced within the context of the journal. Alongside is a broader constellation of works that relate to their most recent publication The Counsel of Spent (Book Works, 2018). In addition, a selection of documents, ephemera, notes and images from Inventory’s archive are displayed. Charting their precarious trajectory from their tentative beginnings to the ever-vulnerable present.
British art collective Inventory was founded in 1995 by Damian Abbott, Paul Claydon and Adam Scrivener. Since 2004, they are based in Kent (UK) and Toulouse (France). Their previous solo exhibitions were at the Rob Tufnell gallery, London (2014 and 2016). Recent collective exhibitions include: Condo London (Rob Tufnell) 2018, The Revolutionary Suicide Mechanised Regiment Band Rob Tufnell (Cologne) 2016, Corruption Feeds, Bergen Kunsthall, Make the Living Look Dead, 2nd Cannons Project Space, Los Angeles, Ruin Lust, Tate Britain (2014); Keywords, INIVA and A journey through London’s subculture, the ICA at Old Selfridges Hotel, London (2013). Previous exhibitions include solo presentations at White Columns, New York (2005); The Approach, London (2004, 2002 and 1999) and at the Modern Institute, Glasgow (1999). Their work was also included in group exhibitions at De Appel, Amsterdam (2008); Kunstverein Hamburg (2007); Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade (2007); Kunsthaus Dresden (2006); Aspen Art Museum (2006); Portikus, Frankfurt (2004); ICA, London (2003); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2003); Lenbachhaus, Munich (2002); the Courtauld Institute of Art, London (2001); Their work is held in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Tate Gallery, London.
Giselle is conceived as a system for enabling interactions that focuses on the dissemination and gathering of artistic practices. It was conceived by Lucas Jacques-Witz and Ryder Morey-Weale as an experimental exhibition space in 2019, it currently operates as Giselle’s Books, an archive library centered on artistic publications in Marseille.