Jonny Briggs – Ancestral Home


Simon Oldfield is pleased to present Jonny Briggs’ first UK solo show, Ancestral Home.

Following on from recent successful and critically acclaimed international exhibitions, Briggs takes inspiration from his own family circle by examining connections between home, body and bloodline.

New photography, photomontage, tapestry and sculpture are presented alongside a laboratory incubator in which will grow mutated human cells throughout the exhibition.

Briggs explains, “Towards the end of my Grandmother’s life, it became increasingly hard for her to clean and maintain her home. The walls becoming ever more yellow with cigarette stains, they became inescapably linked to her lungs. Whenever I would visit, it would be like walking in to her body, and a daunting reminder of its deterioration; a reminder that we make our environment and our environment makes us. The home and the body are intimately entwined.”

As a first, Briggs has installed a laboratory incubator within the gallery, which will grow human cervical cancer cells in the form of a small house immersed in red liquid called ‘medium’ which feeds the cells, kept at 37 degrees Celsius, throughout the exhibition.  This powerful piece, entitled Dummy, is a direct comment on how disease can invade our perceptions of self, family and home.

26 April – 21 May 2013  |  Private View, 25 April 2013, 6.00 – 9.00pm

First Floor, 94 Mount Street, London W1K 2SZ

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