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Leah Capaldi: Big Slit 21–30 May 2021 | Lay Down 11 November–18 December 2016 | Editions | Artist’s Website

Leah Capaldi | Big Slit | 21–30 May 2021, Fri–Sun 12–6pm, by appointment | 92 Webster Road, London, SE16 4DF

Leah Capaldi, Big Slit, 2021. Clip from CCTV livestream. Courtesy of the artist and Matt's Gallery, London.

Press Information
Matt's Gallery is delighted to reopen its Bermondsey space with Big Slit, a new work developed by Leah Capaldi during and in response to the successive lockdowns that have taken place across the UK over the last year.

Big Slit pulls together elements of sculpture, installation, performance and moving image, drawing on a range of themes recurrent in the artist’s practice. The work exists at the slippery intersection of sculpture and performance, rotating the roles of subject and object through surveillance and spectatorship.

A static body is in a state of continuous performance. Restricted from view, broadcast live. The work aims to amalgamate real life performance and live broadcast circulating the sticky shared reality in between.

Capaldi's interventions into the space imply a degree of violence. They remain minimal yet puncture the space, altering how we move through it.

Please be aware that exhibition visitors will be recorded by CCTV and live-streamed to during opening hours. Big Slit exists across the exhibition at the gallery and the live stream.

The work offers a new dimension to Capaldi’s exploration of performance sculpture - an active state that takes place at the interface between live body, moving image and object.

Big Slit will be accompanied by Q5, the fifth instalment in our ongoing series of artist interviews. Click here to read Q5.

With thanks to: Gordon Raeburn, Jonathan Caruana, Barbara Capaldi, Chris Ratcliffe at Garudio Studiage, KS Objective, An Endless Supply, Benedict Drew and Angus Braithwaite.

Download the Press Release.

For further information or visual material please contact us on 020 7237 0398 or email

Matt’s Gallery thanks the Arts Council England and Ron Henocq Fine Art for their generous support.

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