Against All Odds
21 June – 6 July, Exeter Phoenix
Against All Odds brought together a number of recent works and new commissions. The exhibition included a new, site-specific text work Never Give Up, which is spelled out across the venue’s windows. This positive yet defiant message welcomes visitors to the gallery, and projects a rallying cry to all who face adversity in difficult times.
Safety Curtain, encountered immediately upon entering the building, is a reassuring homage to the theatrical fire curtain, an early cultural health & safety measure (first called into use in response to a fire that destroyed Exeter’s Theatre Royal with great loss of life in 1887). By gently diverting visitors from their usual path through the building, it encourages a sense of heightened awareness of their surroundings.
Elsewhere, Survival Shelf presents LOW PROFILE’s eclectic and ever expanding library of books that somehow incorporate the word ‘survive’ in their titles. As part of the exhibition, LOW PROFILE undertook a twelve hour durational performance, The Book of Survival. It sees them attempt to read, learn from and test each other on the advice offered in The Book of Survival, a 1960s publication, that offers the promise to leave its readers mentally equipped ‘to survive’ anything.