Poetry in Collaboration exhibition at the Poetry Library

The Enemies project was co-curator to the summer’s Saison Poetry Library exhibition for 2014 at the Southbank centre, in tandem with head librarin Chris McCabe, entitled Poetry in Collaboration.http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/poetry-in-collaboration-1000499

The exhibition furthered and re-contextualises the concerns of the Enemies project in panoramic scope, drawing from the vast collection of the poetry library to reveal a small sliver of the modern history of poetry in collaboration, to evidence, in microcosm, just how fundamental a shared practise can be to poetry.

On display were new works commissioned by the Enemies project, including book art by Ragnhildur Johanns and Iain Sinclair, as well as collaborations by Ian Hamilton Finlay and John Furnival, Ron King and Roy Fisher, Anne Waldman and Joe Brainard, amongst many others. There was an extensive reading table, an audio station with live collaborative recordings of the Beats, and videos of works by Robert Desnos and Man Ray, as well as footage from the Camaradefest

The exhibition ran from 6 May 2014 to 6 July 2014

Poetry Library Camarade - May 20th 2014

As part of the exhibition, a special view Camarade event was be held on May Tuesday 20th. As well as a quick introduction to the exhibition itself, around a half dozen pairs of poets, some of the most memorable from previous incarnations of Camarade, read original collaborations, including James Byrne & Sandeep Parmar, James Davies & Philip Terry, Sam Riviere & Joe Dunthorne, Samantha Walton & Jo Walton.