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Sophie Cundale: The Near Room


South London Gallery

Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UH

Transport: Tube: Elephant & Castle/Oval

Website: www.southlondongallery.org

Times: From Mar 6, Tue, Thu-Sun 11am-6pm, except Mar 27, 11am-9pm, Mar 11, 18, 25, Apr 1, 8, 15, 11am-9pm, closed Mar 27-Apr 30, ends Apr 19

Price: free

Start Date: Fri 6th March 2020

End Date: Sun 19th April 2020

Exhibitions & Art, Multimedia.

Artist Sophie Cundale presents a new film, a supernatural melodrama about loss that follows the journey of a professional boxer after a near-fatal knockout. The disorientations of the boxer are told in parallel with the story of a queen living with Cotard Delusion, a rare neurological condition inducing the belief and sensation of death. The film's title, The Near Room, is taken from Muhammad Ali's description of a vivid, hallucinatory space he would enter in the depths of a fight: "a door swung half open [into a room of] neon, orange and green lights blinking, bats blowing trumpets and alligators playing trombones, snakes screaming. Weird masks and actors' clothes hung on the wall, and if he stepped across the sill and reached for them, he knew that he was committing himself to his own destruction." George Plimpton, Shadow Box (1977) Cast includes professional boxer John Harding Jnr, artist Penny Goring and actor Chris New. The Near Room (2020) by Sophie Cundale is commissioned and produced by Film and Video Umbrella with support from Arts Council England, South London Gallery, Bonington Gallery, Curator Space and The Gane Trust