zack mennell


Installation:  22 - 25 September
Performance: Friday 23 September, RSVP

(para)site is a continuation of zack mennell’s research into the intersections of class, disability and ecology. The works deploy humour, psychogeography and action-based art and responds to their memories of growing up in a working-class community along the industrialised Thames in South Essex, and their experiences as a medicalised, societally infantilised disabled & neurodivergent queer person.

VSSL will host  (para)site: an exhibition of cultural sewage, a mixed-media installation of research materials, ephemera, analogue photography,  and analogue and digital moving image works. Opening times: 12 - 6pm, Thurs-Sun. The installation is free and unticketed.

On Friday 23 September, at 18.30, zack will perform (para)site: a discharge of cultural sewage, a new performance art work at low tide on the Deptford Foreshore. Full details, including access information, will be made available in August. The performance is free to attend, but please RSVP to let us know you are coming.

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about the artist

Artistic expression is, for me, a way to make sense of the world and an attempt to contextualise who I am within it. In stepping into difficulty and pain through artmaking, I attempt to understand life through a different register to that of daily survival. I want my work to have an uncanny quality, that it might temporarily unsettle familiar places, making visible some of the strange aspects and tensions embedded there.

Zack Mennell is an emerging (unemployed) artist using writing, photography and performance to explore queerness and neurodiversity in relation to presence and visibility. Zack has been active as a performer, photographer and writer since 2015. They have collaborated frequently with performance artist Martin O’Brien, notably in Sanctuary Ring (SPILL Festival, 2016) and The Last Breath Society (ICA, 2021).

para(site) has been commissioned as part of Tidechangers, a developmant programme for early career artists by The Thames Festival Trust. The project has been supported by VSSL studio.

Images:  (para)site: taking the piss, Live Art Club London. Photo by Queer Garden (Beliza Buzollo)

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