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I am a French artist based in London, I go by Frogboi online. I like to work in collage and I think a lot about hierarchy and ownership
I am a queer writer based in London. I love the colour blue and find peace in water, books, and queer and creative spaces!
ASSEMBLY by Lydia Patra (Monfort)
MEDIUM: plaster & metal
Lydia Patra (Nickname Monfort) was born in Athens, Greece, in 1997. She graduated from the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens in 2022. From September of 2019 to February of 2020 she lived in Porto, Portugal, due to university exchange. During her studies in Athens she was working as a junior Architect mainly in the field of renovation and reconstruction. However, architecture is not only about the buildings. And Monfort is not just an architect. She rethinks the way we- the contemporary human beings-cyborgs- are dealing with ourselves and are involved with each other. She wants to give birth to new ways of expression and also tries to think and act collectively. She is currently working in the field of Architecture but she also uses different forms of art, photography, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, in order to cope with the endless horror -and infinite magic- of existence. Last but -totally- not least, Monfort is to be really passionate about sculpture, photography and the cinema. She also enjoys oysters and studying Deleuze (which is not as irrelevant as it may seem)
Unit. Module. Assembly. Exploring oneself is not a self-centered process. Looking for the repressed desire, the unfathomable exist, the non-fulfillment of a belonging, sometimes leads to a climax rather than a zone. Do they look alike? Could they create a whole? They mostly act like a mechanism. Like bodies in touch. As if they are made to connect and multiply in order to create the new. Interconnected old parts redistribute their capacity into a new form that contains different narratives and enough fluidity in their nucleus. Connections and rearrangements are giving rise to a self-organized system and just like social bodies on all scales, they are best analyzed through their individual components. This is an experimental approach to examine how an assemblage would be, if out of gypsum. How many identicals tend to infinity, through expansion?
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Iona Champain is an Actor, Drag Artist and Poet from Suffolk. Currently living in London, her performances aim to address contradictions of masculinity with humour and absurdity, as well as tackling themes of who takes up space and how. Having recently completed SOHO Theatre’s Drag & Cabaret Lab, Iona is now devising some new drag pieces alongside performing in several independent films.
I am a German photographer, illustrator and drafter. As such, I consider myself to be a conceptual artist who uses photography as a ‘new narrative’ with strong undertones to analogue art and film. I am guided only by the impulse to create, to express on that which is unseen or ignored. As a child I often visited my father in the museum where he worked as a restorer of artistic and cultural artifacts. I became intrigued with antiquity as a result of this, and of the paintings and photographs on display in the museum – leading me to explore visual art from a young age, and to communicate and storify on the odd, strange and unfamiliar. I would illustrate the small corners of my existence – those secret hiding places of childhood – and of objects lost or found. This led me into analogue photography – as an extension of this world building – and to seek out the outliers of society by fugitively capturing on those people and objects that are more commonly viewed as vagabond but were somehow beautiful to me. This is the how and why I came into art - by accident, through design of the accidental. Ultimately, I create work independent of prevailing trends but which are the continuum of my observations of life – a constant reorganisation of my mind, exhibited outwardly for the audience to see and experience for themselves.