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45m long bold painting & series of performances by Florence Peake head to Fruitmarket, Edinburgh

Following a critically acclaimed exhibition and series of performances in London, Florence Peake’s most ambitious work to date is at Fruitmarket this weekend.

Peake will present a monumental painting installation using her distinctive gestural, movement-marking techniques and a series of performances. 

Florence Peake, FACTUAL ACTUAL: Ensemble, 2023. Installation Portrait, Fruitmarket, Edinburgh. Photo by Neil Hanna.

Four performances by British artist Florence Peake in which large, exuberantly painted canvases are folded, dragged, and suspended by five dancers, moving between flat and sculptural forms and theatrical elements of concealment and revelation. The performance treats the canvases, painted by Peake, with a joyful irreverence, extending the relationship between dance and painting. Unpicking the romantic representation of dance in classical painting and its idealised depiction of the body, Peake looks at the idea of the collapse of the canon of white Western classical painting through the literal manipulation of the large canvases as they are collapsed in form, addressing institutional power structures by looking for ways in which we can overcome them. After the four performances, the canvases will remain as an installation in the space until 29th October.

Florence Peake, FACTUAL ACTUAL: Fruitmarket, 21st – 22nd October 2023

Performances take place at Fruitmarket at 11am and 2pm this Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October.



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