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Upcoming exhibitions at Peltz Gallery

The Body of Memory (El Cuerpo de la Memoria)

An exhibition at Peltz Gallery on performance artist Janet Toro’s radical visceral work responding to oppression under Chilean dictatorship.

Opening event: Thursday 12 October, 6-8pm.

Book a free ticket to The Body of Memory opening event.

Exhibition: 12 October - 7 December 2023. Monday to Friday, 10am-8pm.

Janet Toro's performance series The body of memory (El cuerpo de la memoria), rekindles both individual and collective consciousness of the coup d'etat in Chile that took place 50 years ago.

This exhibition of photography and video documentation of performances refers back to 1999, when the artist presented 90 performance-installations as part of the second Biennale of Young Artists that was held at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Chile. Walking barefoot for kilometres and subjecting herself to physical constraints, Janet Toro pointed out sites of political detention and torture implemented during the civil-military dictatorship in Chile. Pushing at the limits of her body, Toro experienced 62 methods of torture, that recollected the horrors employed by the dictatorial apparatus to suppress and obliterate anything deemed a threat to their project. Such methods are the basis of Toro’s radical works.

Janet Toro is a Chilean visual artist. She studied Art at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Chile and was a member of the APJ (Young Plastic Artists) group who carried out various political urban art actions, graffiti, murals during the military dictatorship. Alongside a significant career of exhibitions and performances, her work was featured in the group exhibition Radical Women: Latin American Art 1960-1985, by curators Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and Andrea Giunta, exhibited at the Hammer Museum Los Angeles, Brooklyn Museums New York and the Pinacoteca de Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2017/18. Her works are part of the permanent collection of the Phoenix Art Museum. Her work is a visual reflection, and a bodily and material intervention in human existence.

  • Curators: Nicole Cristi and Joselyne Contreras Cerda
  • Exhibition Producer: Daniela Larraín Salas
  • Exhibition Manager: Javiera Martínez

Supported by Peltz Gallery and CILAVS (Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies) at Birkbeck, University of London. Also supported by Centre for Postcolonial Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London and the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Chile).

Cultural Constellations

Opening event: Friday 19 January 2023, 6-8pm.

Book a free ticket to Cultural Constellations opening event.

Exhibition: 19 January - 13 March 2023. Monday to Friday, 10am-8pm.

How do arts organisations and community groups connect? This exhibition of participatory diagrams, hand-printed booklets and film is borne out of Henry Mulhall’s research into how the Union Street area of Plymouth has and is changing, and how arts policy has affected that process.

Paper cuts

Art, Bureaucracy, and Silenced Histories in Colonial India  

Opening event: Thursday 25 April, 6-8pm

Book a free ticket to PAPER CUTS opening event.

Exhibition: Thursday 25 April - Friday 12 July 2024.

Who gets remembered, and who forgotten? This exhibition examines a collection of works on paper made by British colonialists in nineteenth-century India. Seen in public for the first time, the collection is placed into dialogue with contemporary artworks by Ravista Mehra and Divya Sharma. PAPER CUTS critically reflects on the silencing effect of the colonial archive - and points toward a more equitable future. 

Curator: Surya Bowyer