'Poison the Cure' | Conversation and screening with Jenna Bliss, Alex Fleming and Las Nietas de Nonó
Saturday 10 June 2017, 4pm


Jenna Bliss and Alex Fleming will discuss the research and production process which informed her new film Poison the Cure (2017), including Bliss' work with artist and actor Michel Nonó of the performance collective Las Nietas de Nonó. They will draw on their previous projects to explore shared interests in narratives of addiction, self-care and pharmacology. 


A screening will follow of Las Nietas de Nonó’s Manifestaciones en periodos de caza (2016) – depicting four women hunting iguanas in Puerto Rico, a US colony where 80% of the food is imported – as well as a Skype conversation with Las Nietas de Nonó.


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Jenna Bliss' Poison the Cure (2017) was commissioned by Raven Row for 56 Artillery Lane and is supported using public funding by Art Council England.


Jenna Bliss is an artist and filmmaker currently based in New York. Her film Poison the Cure (2017) was commissioned with support from Arts Council England for the exhibition 56 Artillery Lane. Recent ongoing film project The History of Lincoln Detox (2015-) has been screened at the ICA and Raven Row, London, CAC, Vilnius, CAC, Shanghai and Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York. Previous screening and performances include South London Gallery, Flat Time House, Chisenhale Gallery and Nottingham Contemporary, UK. Bliss is a 2016-17 participant in the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York. Forthcoming exhibitions include Step into Spring with Gili Tal at Cell Project Space, London (2017) and a solo presentation at OUTPOST, Norwich (2017).


Alex Fleming is a UK based artist, curator and writer. He is a programmer at the Scottish arts organisation Arika. From 2012 to 2015 he was organiser of CAGE, an artist workspace and prisoner solidarity project in the lower east side of New York. In 2014, together with filmmaker Melanie Gilligan he co-founded the theatre workshop, Talk Show. In 2015 he attended The Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. His artwork and curatorial projects have been exhibited at Kunsthalle Basel, Yale Union, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Artists Space, and Bridget Donahue. He has taught at New York University, The New School for Social Research, and Yale School of Art. 


Las Nietas de Nonó are sisters Michel and Lydela Nonó. They live in San Antón de Carolina neighborhood in Puerto Rico. Since 2011 they have been running Patio Taller, a community space in their home used for public gatherings, performance, artist residencies, workshops, sustainable agriculture and cooking. Their work has been presented in Puerto Rico, Haití, Dominican Republic and the United States. Las Nietas de Nonó recently received the 2017 Global Art Fund from Astrea.



Image: Jenna Bliss, Poison The Cure, 2017. Still from HD Video, 30 min. Courtesy of the artist. 


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