Cristina Herráiz Peleteiro, 2019


“(…) one is undone, in the face of the other, by the touch,
by the scent, by the feel, by the prospect of the touch,
by the memory of the feel.”

Butler, J. 2004


Dazzling Encounters is a speculative exercise on intimacy and its strategies and possibilities of representation. It aims to be a space to rethink its forms of operating in the individual and collective spheres, while reclaiming its political force. Exploring the boundaries of privacy, proximity and secrecy, the exhibition proposes a reconsideration of intimacy as the fundamental space for the formation of subjectivities and collective spaces. As love, intimacy needs to be reinvented.

The exhibition acts as a proposition to explore the logics involved in the recognition of ourselves and other human and non-human subjects, understanding intimacy as the ultimate bastion for resistance and liberation, but also acknowledging its condition as home for feelings of anger and fear.

Dazzling Encounters is a navigation through questions of care, labour, forgiveness and sorrow, understanding intimacy as a fluid space for collective conversations and representation, for the projection of new meanings and new possibilities of living together. The exhibition aims to look at the formation, distribution and organization of intimacy, testing its physical and psychical boundaries, as well as the flows and transitions occurring between bodies, selves and subjectivities. Intimacy must all be redefined as the speculative space for desire, care, legitimation, revolt and acceptance.

There are some conversations that can only take place on the borders, on the edge of ourselves, of our contact with the other. The exhibition tries to circulate these borders, these textures, these interiorities, that are viscous, unformed, multiple and many times – dazzling.

Dazzling Encounters is a group show including works by Nora Aurrekoetxea, Darya Diamond, Esther Gatón, Giles Thackway and Jaime Welsh.
17th - 21st of July
Sanderson Hotel London UK

Graphic Design: Christian Schmitz
With the support of Goldsmiths University of London, the Embassy of Spain in London and Sanderson Hotel