Spike Island

Exhibition Previews:New Eelam: Bristol and The Blazing World


Friday 18 January 2019, 6–9pm


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Join us for the opening night of new exhibitions by Christopher Kulendran Thomas and Mai-Thu Perret.

Christopher Kulendran Thomas New Eelam: Bristol

Initiated as a long-term artwork in the form of a startup real estate company, New Eelam is a venture that has brought together a team of specialists across the fields of technology, art, finance and architecture. Founded by artist Christopher Kulendran Thomas, it explores how a more liquid form of citizenship could be constructed beyond national boundaries.

The company’s 'concept space' at Spike Island features technologies such as hydroponic home-farming systems presented as living sculptures. A newly commissioned series of micro videos proposes how a more liquid form of citizenship could be constructed beyond national boundaries.

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Mai-Thu Perret The Blazing World

The Blazing World, Mai-Thu Perret’s first major solo exhibition in the UK, explores the subject of witchcraft and the relationship between women’s oppression and the emergence of capitalism. In her immersive installation at Spike Island, a theatrical stage recalls sacred forms of architecture and is punctuated with ritualistic sculptures, puppets and textiles.

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Both exhibitions continue until 24 March 2019.

New Eelam: Bristol is supported by Arts Council England and co-commissioned with lille3000. New Eelam is presented with thanks to Institute for Modern Art, Brisbane; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Schinkel Pavilion, Berlin; and Triple Canopy.

The Blazing World is supported by Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation. A performance by Mai-Thu Perret (20 March 2019) is supported by Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève).


Supported by
  • Arts Council England
  • Arts Council England GfA
  • Bristol City Council
  • HEAD Geneve
  • lille3000
  • Pro Helvetia
  • Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation