State of Concept


21 November—16 January 2016

Solo show

Ad Lib

Jessica Warboys


Jessica Warboys


iLiana Fokianaki


State of Concept, Mpotsari Tousa 19, Athina 117 41, Greece.


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State of Concept is happy to present Jessica Warboys in her first solo exhibition in Greece, entitled Ad Lib.

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Warboys works with film (16mm), painting and performance. Through a multi-disciplinary approach, the position of objects are challenged and reinterpreted. Interweaving the physical and the psychological, pictorial and illusory spaces are built in which narratives evolve from one medium to the next.

Following her presentation at Centre Pompidou in Paris, in April 2015, Warboys will be showing a selection of six films of her recent work that record the “chance encounter” of nomadic forms and objects staged in nature as characters. Wind, light and times of day are all “gestures” that feed the narrative. Somewhere between tableau vivant and performance, Jessica Warboys evokes Méliès’ cinema of special effects, and the Surrealist’s cadavres exquis.


The featured films are: A l’etage (2010), Victory Park (2011), Ab Ovo (2013), Boudica (2013), Hinge Bow (2014) and Shaded Wood (2015). To coincide with the opening of her exhibition in Athens, Warboys will present a performace with Morten Halvorsen that will start after the screenings at 8:30pm.


Jessica Warboys (b.1977) lives and works between London and Berlin. She holds a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Falmouth College of Arts, Cornwall (2001) and a Master of Fine Art in Sculpture from Slade School of Fine Art, London (2004). In 2011, she was artist-in-residence at Cité international des Arts, Paris. Recent solo exhibitions include Painting Sculpture Sound, Gaudel de Stampa, Paris (2015); Artists’ Film International: Jessica Warboys, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013); A painting cycle, Nomas Foundation, Rome (2012); Victory Park Tree Painting, Cell Project Space, London (2011); Ballad of the Green Hoop, South London Gallery, London (2010). Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including Prospectif Cinema, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015); British Art Show 8, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds (2015); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012); Tableaux, MAGASIN – Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble (2011).



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