Paul Maheke lives and works in London, UK. With a focus on dance, and through a varied and often collaborative body of work comprising performance, installation, sound and video, Maheke considers the potential of the body as an archive in order to examine how memory and identity are formed and constituted. His two-channel video in An apology, a pill, a ritual, a resistance presents two different dance styles, by two dancers, side by side. One is Jamila Johnson Small, a professional choreographer and dancer whose work often questions the gaze on her body. The other is a young performer from the Tropical Isles Carnival Dance Troupe rehearsing for a community carnival in London. Together their performances propose dance as a practice of resistance, community expression and self-determination.
Maheke’s work Mutual Survival is on view at Remai Modern until August 22, 2021, as part of An apology, a pill, a ritual, a resistance, an exhibition that clusters together works exploring or enacting methods of healing and the pain that often must be endured to get better.