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Melanie Jackson: Made in China 5,6th & 12,13th March 2005 | Some Things You Are Not Allowed to Send Around the World 11 June–3 August 2003 | soil & seawater (BACKSPACE) 28–29 November 1999 | ...do you, or have you ever? 7 September–30 October 1994 | Publications



Melanie Jackson | Some Things You Are Not Allowed to Send Around the World , 2003

Melanie Jackson Some Things You Are Not Allowed to Send Around the World, 2003 (detail)

Melanie Jackson Some Things You Are Not Allowed to Send Around the World, 2003 (detail)

Melanie Jackson Some Things You Are Not Allowed to Send Around the World, 2003 (video still)

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For her second solo exhibition at Matt’s Gallery, Melanie Jackson has made a new installation of small-scale sculpture and video that has grown out of an ongoing interest in found stories and news media.

Collecting different media outputs: newsprint, video footage and other printed matter, the artist then uses the fragments as raw material to construct her own films, pamphlets, maps, landscapes and architectures. She has collected together as many foreign edition newspapers available on the domestic market as possible as a means of registering how far she could ‘go’ or travel in the imagination without leaving the city. Some works are made in response to a news story or image, and others are from memory or from a fantasised journey through impenetrable texts. She constructs minutely detailed architectural models out of the newsprint: cranes, water towers, satellite receivers, refugee and holiday camps, world fairs and container ports. This laborious process of construction is contrary to the news media’s obsession with circulation and speed.

Melanie Jackson follows tales of peoples who have transformed the cultural or political landscape in different ways through very low key, domestic responses to international concerns. One of the video works in the exhibition, A Westerly Wind and a Clear Night Sky, tracks an illicit journey by boat between Africa and the foothills of the Sierra Alhamilla in Spain. The Spanish terrain is now covered in an estimated 64,000 hectares of greenhouses made of sheet plastic, designed for the mass production and export of produce. Ironically, this thriving industry that exports fruit and vegetables around the world, relies on the illegal settlement of a migrant labour force.

The unrestricted movement for individuals, goods and ideas on the one hand, and highly restricted movements on the other, is a concern that is reflected the title of the exhibition itself. Some Things You Are Not Allowed To Send Around The World is a poster made up of the recent ‘prohibition and restriction’ guidelines issued by international post offices. The assembled list reveals some of the superstitions and regional eccentricities associated with the exchange of goods. This poster will be available as one of a series of free publications produced for the exhibition.

This exhibition was generously supported by AHRB, Cathay Pacific, CBAT, Royal College of the Arts and the International Press Network. For further information and visual material please contact the gallery.

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Biography
Melanie Jackson Born 1968, Hollywood, West Midlands. Lives and works in London. Studied 1990-92 Royal College of Art (MA) and 1987-90 Byam Shaw School of Art (BA Hons) 1997 THCFE Diploma in Digital Image Making /Fine Art Solo Exhibitions 2006 Far West, Spacex Gallery, Exeter (forthcoming) 2005 Made in China, Matt’s Gallery, London; Videotage, Hong Kong; BizArt, Shanghai, China 2004 Westerly Wind And A Clear Nights Sky, Eden Project (film commission) 2003 Some Things You Are Not Allowed To Send Around The World, Matt’s Gallery, London 1999 Soil and Seawater, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; BACKSPACE, Matt’s Gallery, London 1997 The Brazen Oracle, Senate House, University of London (Bookworks commission) 1996 after The Conjurer, Project Arts Centre, Dublin 1994 …do you, or have you ever? Matt’s Gallery, London 1992 A Kind Of Hush, Space Studios, London Group Exhibitions 2006 Made in China, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (forthcoming) 2005 Fascinations, HanartTZ Gallery, Hong Kong 2004 Arts News, Three Colts Lane, London; Urban Networks, East Wing Collection, Courtauld Institute, London; Bootleg, Spitalfields Market, London 2000 Bibliomania, Online project curated by Simon Morris; Perspective 2000, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland 1999 About Time, Cardiff Art and Time, February 1998 Clean Slate, 3 person exhibition, Art Gallery Of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia 1997 Cambridge Darkroom, Cambridge 1996 Frozen In Time, Galerie Gebauer u. Gunther, Berlin; Galerie Sabine Wachters, Brussels, Belgium 1995 Kerlin Gallery, Dublin; In and Out of Touch, Haus Ungarn, Berlin, Germany; Budapest Galleria, Budapest, Hungary EV+A, Limerick City Art Gallery, Limerick, Ireland 1993-94 Escale, Musee d’Art Moderne, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France 1993 that thin streak of red, Oxford Sculpture Trust, Oxford 1992 a watched pot... RCA Graduation Show, London 1989 3D’89, Watermans Arts Centre, London 1988 BWA Gallery, Zielona Gora, Poland Curated Exhibitions 1998 LlathYard, Cardiff, commission to participate in and curate an exhibition of poster and postcard works in sites across the city, 18 artists (including Susan Hiller, Keith Piper, Hannah Collins, Bethan Huws), funded by the Arts Council Of Wales Lottery Division, UWIC and Cardiff Bay Arts Trust Awards 2005 Artists Links British Council China 2003 AHRB Award 2002 London Arts, Individual Artists Award 2000 AHRB award 1998 Travel Award, Arts Council of Wales 1997-98 Senior Fellowship, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff 1993 London Arts Board, Individual Artists Award, March Residencies 2000 Lost Horizons ­ residency to convene symposium and produce a publication for The Camberwell Press. Speakers including: Jaki Irvine, Paul Gilroy, Guy Brett, Camberwell College of Arts, London with publication and exhibition of material Conferences 2000 Lost Horizons, Camberwell College of Arts, London 1999 The Wealth Of The World..., National Museum of Wales Teaching Currently Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, BAFA Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (from 2004). Previously: Lecturer in Time Based Art (MA), Royal College of Art 2000-2004, Lecturer in Fine Art, UWIC Cardiff, (Senior Fellow 1997-1998)1997-2000, Associate Lecturer Camberwell College of Arts 1998 ­ 2000, Lecturer in Fine Art NCAD, Dublin, Ireland 1996-1998. Visiting artist: Exeter, Birmingham, Kingston Colleges of Art, Chinese University, Hong Kong. External Examiner IALDT: Dublin 2001-2004

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Bibliography
2004 Melanie Jackson at Matt’s, Mark Harris, Art in America, February 2003 Penetrating Misprepresentations, Rachel Withers, NU-E Features, issue 1, 24 September; Melanie Jackson, Matt’s Gallery - East End, Rebecca Geldard, Time Out London, July 23-30, No 1718; Melanie Jackson, Guide, The Guardian, 7-13 June Publications 2005 Art in the Age of Terrorism, ed. Graham Coulter-Smith, pub. Paul Holberton publishing, London; Made in China, pub. British Council/BizArt/Videotage 2004 Made in China, pub. Matt’s Gallery, London; The Cartographers Pencil, pub. Castleford Gallery, Manchester (essay on Emma Rushton and Derek Tyman) 2003 Happy Pappy Art Magazine pub. Milch ed. Mahlin T. Stahl, November; Some Things You Are Not Allowed to Send Around The World, pub. Matt’s Gallery, London; Spreading Like Wildfire, e-book published by proboscis 2000 Lost Horizons, pub. The Camberwell Press, with contributions from Guy Brett, Juan Cruz, Jaki Irvine on Mike Nelson, Paul Gilroy, Ian Hunt, Julia Engberg, Jeremy Millar and an introduction by Stephen Bury and Yve Lomax 1999 Soil and Seawater, artist’s book, pub. Chapter Arts Centre/ CBAT/ Matt’s Gallery, with an essay by Ian Hunt 1998 Clean Slate, gallery guide, pub. Art Gallery of NSW 1997 The Brazen Oracle, artist’s book, pub. Bookworks; Library Re-Locations, four person catalogue of four city wide project, pub. Bookworks 1993 Escale, pub. Musee d’Art Moderne Villeneuve d’Ascq

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