to the Wrong Biennale 2023/24 Embassy
Laugh, an embassy exhibition for the Wrong Biennale’s 6th edition, curated by Sizzle Lyk Dat Studio, explores humour as an artistic tool for rebellion and resistance. Irony, comedy, jokes have been used through time to influence political opinions and weaponize laughter. As we can all remember, from recent history, the sad right-wing example of the successful use of humour to sway public opinion; Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign’s use of ‘Evil Hillary’ Memes. In this show, 9 early career artists working across the world in various contexts explore themes of gender, political oppression, mental health and surveillance employing the power of comedy. Even though Democracies had promised freedom of speech for their people, today we live in a world of increased silencing of critical and rebellious voices. And many democracies seem to be on the brink of dissolve which begs for creative ways to resist. The show brings forth the work of international multimedia artists who courageously continue to tackle systemic violence on health, personhood and identity through satire and sometimes silliness. In the hope that their voices travel and inspire. Sizzle Lyk Dat Studio was initiated by artist, Tasneem Lohani as a travelling space for art exhibitions, events and dialogue. Founded in 2021, our aim is to support underrepresented artists through group exhibitions while building a diverse community of art lovers and enthusiasts through experimental and accessible arts programming. Challenging white cube exhibitions we experiment with mediums, display and economic models in exhibition making. Since our inception we have curated the exhibition, 'Now That The World Is Ending Let's Get Together' for the Wrong Biennale 2021/22 in collaboration with 1.Shanthiroad Gallery. Which included works by emerging artists, designers and contemporary dancers. More recently, we curated an international contemporary film programme and exhibition, 'We Are the Aliens We Are Looking For' the Art Fervor Weekender 2022. Artists Mehryl Ferri Levisse Mehryl Ferri Levisse’s (they/them) multifaceted practice explores notions of subjectivity and identity related to queer experience. Using gendered symbols and imagery associated with pageantry, masquerade, and cabaret, the artist produces an extravagant visual language that interrogates commonly accepted conceptions of masculinity and femininity. Lauren Prousky Lauren Prousky (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and culture worker in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, whose visual practice consists of installation, painting, collaborative social practice, performance and video. She has an MFA from the University of Waterloo and a BFA from Concordia University. Most recently, she was the inaugural 2023 emerging Art Gallery of Ontario artist-in-residence for her project, Black Tie Soup Night. Sofie Topi Sofie Topi (she/her) is an editor, designer, and artist, with a persistent interest in understanding sociopolitical landscapes and (her) worldviews. She currently lives in the Netherlands, but she feels eternal devotion to her motherland, Greece. Dayita Nereyeth Dayita Nereyeth (she/her) is a co-founder of 206 Dance Collective, senior editor for The Clean Copy, and an Alexander Technique teacher trainee. She has a BA in Dance and Psychology from Mount Holyoke College (USA). Dayita has performed in India, the USA, and Switzerland, and presented her work in Bangalore and Goa as well as online. She has collaborated with Ellen Oliver, Margaret Wiss, and Poorna Swami. Dayita has performed in work by Merce Cunningham, Claudia Lavista and Omar Carrum, Tong Wang, Charles Flachs, Billbob Brown, Yana Lewis, Sarah Locar, Mirra, Diya Naidu, Pat Catterson, and Veena Basavarajiah, among others. Ainesh Madan Ainesh Madan (he/him) is a dance artist based in Bangalore, India. He is a co-founder of the 206 Dance Collective. Ainesh attended Bard College (USA) on a full scholarship, receiving a BA in Dance and Economics. He has since choreographed 15 works of various lengths. Ainesh was a 2021 resident for Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan’s bangaloREsidency-Expanded at Weltkunstzimmer, Düsseldorf. He is the recipient of the ImPulsTanz DanceWEB Scholarship, Gibney Dance’s Work Up Residency, the Emergency Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the ThinkArts Grant. Ainesh is an experienced, multilingual dance teacher, an Alexander Technique teacher trainee, and in training to be a pathfinder in the animist tradition of Sagh’ic-Tire Dhream. Given the opportunity, Ainesh would willingly spend all his time reading fantasy novels. Priyanshi Jhaveri Priyanshi Jhaveri (she/her) draws and narrates visuals using multiple avenues of mixed media. The works created in the process are the liminal spaces between jouissance (Ecstacy) and horror (fear). She did her postgraduation in Fine Arts from the University of the Arts, London (2019). Later she co-founded Art and Artisans, India. She has curated shows and exhibited her work in various group shows in London and India. Abhirami Raj Abhirami Raj (she/her) is from Delhi, India. She has completed her Postgraduation in Visual Art from the Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD). Lived across India since childhood, coping with varying cultures and languages from Kerala, Chennai, Pune, Jaipur and finally Delhi, her thought process and reflections on life as experienced have contributed to her expressions through Art. Naichen Pan Naichen Pan (she/they) is a multimedia artist and curator who recently relocated to New York after graduating from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA. Growing up in China, Naichen's intricate relationship with art was initiated in 2014, and since then, their practice has been driven by a deep fascination with the untranslatable nature of languages. “All of them are sincere, but none of them are genuine.” Naichen is a mute, constantly working on appropriating languages. Jasmine K Jasmine K (she/her) is an Indian artist working across sound, video and performance. Her practice explores alienation in our age of digital communication through the lens of tech and surveillance capitalism in India. She holds an MFA in Contemporary Fine Art and has shown her work as part of numerous group shows internationally.