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The Unnamed Room was a new performance by artists Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet, commissioned by Pavilion in 2016-17. The performance was produced in relation to the artists’ wider project Spectacles Without an Object through which the artists’ are exploring specific occurrences of utopian performances in the past, before the moment Art History usually assigns to the beginnings of performance art. The Unnamed Room had a particular focus on the suffragette movement in Leeds and extended the artists’ interests in historical reconstruction, martial arts and feminist histories. The work was presented in Leeds across four separate locations on the University of Leeds campus: The Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery; The Brotherton Library; The Great Hall; The 1913 Room. It was produced with the generous support of Fluxus Art Projects, the Franco-British programme for contemporary art.

Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet (b.1981, France) live in Paris. Their recent solo exhibitions include Spectacles without objects, Kunsthal Aarhus, 2016; Scholar’s Rock, Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery, 2013; The Exoteric Wall, Kunsthaus Glarus, 2012; Pythagoras and the monster, Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2011. In 2014 they produced a new film Un passage d’eau (The Waterway) for Liverpool Biennial.

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    Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet, The Unnamed Room (2017) Commissioned by Pavilion. Images: Ian Hinchliffe.