AMETHYST DECEIVER exhibition & zine launch 20 MAY 18H-22H - Atelier Concorde
Ana Sofia Sá, Inês Teles, Irit Batsry, Juliana Matsumura, Natalie Woolf, Nina Fraser, Tiago Rocha Costa, Pedro Faria
Cont. 21-29 MAY everyday / 15h-19h
Curator: the icing room
The amethyst deceiver is a purple mushroom that grows wild in forest areas across UK and Europe. Although it is safe and non-toxic, it's often mistaken for the highly poisonous and commonly found lilac puff. A simple mis-recognition between the toxic and benign, still, this reminds us of the constant presence of the wood wide web’s darker, more poisonous side. If fungus is a communicator, it’s also a parasite, an infiltrator…and this duality provides our entry point.
Taking fungus as a communicator-parasite, AMETHYST DECEIVER explores the visualisation of conflicts between nature and modern civilisation, referring to subjects of ecology, hybridity, distortion and materiality that intertwine the artists’ individual practices.
Above (from left to right)
I wanted to have a meltdown but (2022)
Page from a national geographic magazine (1970 edition) ironed with beeswax
30 x 40 cm
Mycelium dependents (2022)
30 x 40cm
We deliquesce upon mountains of myrrh and hills of spices (2022)
Analogue Collage on board, mirror laminate
29 x 27 cm
Photography: Maria Leonardo Cabrita