'I'm sick to death of this particular self. I want another.'
'For she had a great variety of selves to call upon, far more than we have been able to find room for, since a biography is considered complete if it merely accounts for six or seven selves, whereas a person may have many thousand…and these selves of which we are built up, one on top of the other, as plates are piled on a waiter's hand, have attachments elsewhere, sympathies, little constitutions and rights of their own…and some are too wildly ridiculous to be mentioned in print at all.'
— Orlando, Virginia Woolf (1928)
Pi Artworks proudly presents An Ode to Orlando, an expansive group exhibition curated by Marcelle Joseph, featuring a cross-generational and international group of artists alongside the inaugural collection of furniture designs by Ada Interiors. The exhibition reimagines the gallery space as the private home of a fictional art collector set in London in the present day. Based on Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, this particular aesthete – a passionate, brilliant and eccentric character who lives and breathes art - navigates fluidly through time and gender, au courant with the latest cultural trends and equally in tune with the past. Creating a dialogue between contemporary art and artisanal furniture, the exhibition is divided into two areas: a drawing room and a study, representing the twin selves of Orlando as both a man and a woman. Orlando’s reimagined London residence will be a place of sanctuary and escape, a site that is beyond time as Woolf’s Orlando lives for more than 300 years into modern times without ageing perceptibly. Here, we are forever young.
Artists include Jonathan Baldock, Gabriele Beveridge, Charlie Billingham, Victoria Cantons, Eileen Cooper, Sarah Dwyer, Pam Evelyn, Maeve Gilmore, Natalia Gonzalez-Martin, Mustafa Hulusi, Richard Malone, Alexi Marshall, Lindsey Mendick, Francesca Mollett, Annie Morris, Sola Olulode, Laurence Owen, Selma Parlour, Anousha Payne, Anna Perach, Glen Pudvine, Antonia Showering, Holly Stevenson, Zoe Williams, Lian Zhang.
An Ode to Orlando Curated by Marcelle Joseph | Press Release