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13 DEC 2017 – 25 FEB 2018


“It’s well worth spending time immersing yourself in the films and audio recordings to get a flavour of life at the Centre.” RIBA Journal

In her first institutional solo show in the UK, Ilona Sagar presents Correspondence O, a multi-faceted work exploring the history of the Pioneer Health Centre in Peckham and its subsequent conversion into a gated community. Sagar’s moving image installation expresses the complex, changing landscape of public health and the social shift towards a more egocentric, user-focused and technology-infused understanding of wellness. The work is informed by her extensive research within the archives of the Pioneer Health Centre held by the Wellcome Trust and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and contemporary medical research conducted by the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute at the University of Cambridge. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication.

Correspondence O has been co-commissioned and produced in partnership with The Ballad of Peckham Rye. Supported by a Wellcome Arts Award. Sound Partner: Bowers & Wilkins

Download the exhibition guide here


Ilona Sagar lives and works in London. Using a diverse range of media spanning moving-image, text, performance and assemblage, she has formed a body of work that responds to the social and historical context found in the public and private spaces we inhabit. A significant aspect of her practice is the broad cross-disciplinary dialogue generated through collaboration with a range of art and scientific disciplines; including dance, architecture and neurology. She has a practice that explores the link between language, surface, technologies and the body through our increasingly mediated encounters in social, political and experiential space. Illusion and material [dis]honesty set the stage for works which seek to seduce, alluding to something familiar yet other.

Recent projects include: HereAfter residency White Building, SPACE Studios, London (2017); Solo Show, Pump House Gallery, (2016); solo show, Art Licks Weekend with DKUK and Ballad of Peckham Rye (2016); performance commission, The Performance Studio (2016); solo show with performances Tenderpixel, London UK (2015); solo show with performance, Vitrine Gallery, London UK (2015); Acadia Missa, Bátor Tábo Budapest (2015), STO Werkstatt in collaboration with Tomas Klassnik (2015); Art Rotterdam, Main Section, Rotterdam NL with Tenderpixel (2015). www.ilonasagar.com


Image: Still from Correspondence 0, Ilona Sagar 2017.