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When I am here, what do I do?

12 October – 27 October 2018

Opening Event | Friday 12 October 6pm
Artist Talk| Saturday 13 October 3pm

About the Exhibition

This project is a part of Leen’s development of a pedagogy focussed on studying physical and social configurations generated in and by art institutions. The pedagogy uses self-experimentation as a method to study experience. This method is influenced by queer studies of experience which make visible and also obscure contingencies of participating in social and institutional logics. Leen’s pedagogy offers time to study participation in art institutions and well as reconsider operations, orientations and privileges present within these spaces.

During the week before the opening Leen will physically experiment with the gallery space to study the surfaces and structures of Boxcopy. When I am here, what do I do? will share the method of experimentation and documentation of it.

About the Artist

Leen Rieth’s practice involves sculpture, performance and workshops. They have exhibited throughout Australia including Institute of Modern Art (QLD), with Liquid Architecture (Vic), Canberra Contemporary Art Space (ACT), and Constance ARI (Tas). Leen has most recently completed a residency at Cité Internationale des arts (Paris) aided by the Ross Steele Scholarship for a residency in Art & Design, and spoken at the International Association for Visual Culture 2018 conference ‘Visual Pedagogies’. Leen is currently a PhD candidate at University of New South Wales Art and Design.



Leen will discuss methods for studying how we participate within institutional art space. They will consider how artist-led pedagogy can resist institutional logic by using methods of experimentation. Leen will refer to their own experimentation including their current exhibition at Boxcopy, When I am here, what do I do? as well as draw on methods of institutional resistance discussed by  Fred Moten and Stefano Harney, Jack Halberstam and Paul Preciado

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This project has benefitted from an Art & Design Grant courtesy of Arc @ UNSW Limited. This project is supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund.