Schoeni Projects' inaugural exhibition, disCONNECT, is a 'lockdown' artist takeover in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In collaboration with HKwalls, the London-Hong Kong arts platform has transformed a London townhouse to exhibit site-specific artworks of ten artists working across seven countries.
Herakut. 2020. Installation view of disCONNECT. Schoeni Projects London
Set to open during a turbulent time in the midst of an on-going public health crisis the exhibition has been adjusted to abide by social distancing guidelines and lockdown restrictions, while also reflecting the same notions of constraints currently in place and exploring the varying reactions to the ongoing upheaval.
Aida Wilde. 2020. Installation view of disCONNECT, at Schoeni Projects London
"The proposal for this exhibition came before the pandemic, but the virus and its side effects were the protagonist of the production process; freedom of movement is restricted as well as access to materials," comments Isaac Cordal, one of the participating artists.
"With all this, it was necessary to make a mixture of works that whispered to our present concerns about the future."
Isaac Cordal. 2020. Installation view of disCONNECT. Schoeni Projects London
Like all the other pieces in the townhouse, Cordal's new miniatures placed around the house offer a chilling glimpse into the glaring reality of our quarantined world.
From one artist's 'pandemic mausoleum' to another artist's paintings of escapism, one can expect to be forced to confront the consequences of economic inequality and also chance upon unexpected words of encouragement while navigating the corners.
Aida Wilde. 2020. Installation view of disCONNECT. Schoeni Projects London
After disCONNECT's initial run in London, the artworks will be displayed at Schoeni Projects HK in a programme led by Hong Kong-based artists in November 2020.
With an outlook of 'West-to-East' and 'East-to-West', Schoeni Projects' focus of two initiatives every year offers a collaborative medium required to promote the cross-cultural exchange of artistic expressions.
Zoer. 2020. Installation view of disCONNECT, at Schoeni Projects London
"Schoeni Projects is the exciting next chapter in my family's commitment to facilitating cross-cultural collaborations between Asia and Europe. Building on this legacy, my new venture expands beyond the confines of the typical gallery model," says Nicole Schoeni, Director of Schoeni Projects.
"My hope is that, whilst reflecting my father's philosophy and unique joie-de-vivre, through Schoeni Projects London and Hong Kong we will also provide distinctly new and dynamic spaces, which offer a truly contemporary hub for artists and art lovers to meet, engage and collaborate."
David Bray. 2020. Installation view of disCONNECT. Schoeni Projects London
Art enthusiasts can catch the show online from August 31 onwards and are encouraged to submit their artworks for a potential exhibiting opportunity.
disCONNECT – A Lock-down Artist Takeover will run from July 24 – August 24, 2020. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, prior appointment is required.
For more information, visit schoeniprojects.com
Images courtesy of the artists and Schoeni Projects