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Crocodile Cradle (2021)

Simon Moretti: Crocodile Cradle

“Hung as in a basket from a single dull
star, is it a question of passion?
How do you cry about a crime, not yet
touched by the mild boredom of order?”
—Lubaina Himid

—Sylvie Fleury

Crocodile Cradle is an exhibition by Simon Moretti developed on three platforms: a filmed performance online; a text collage on the glass facade of PEER gallery, London; and a book. For this collaborative project, artist Simon Moretti invited fifty-one artists to supply a text that they had written or found, to be considered as part of a collaborative artwork to represent their thoughts in the current charged moment in history. The book, co-published with PEER, features an afterword by Ingrid Swenson and has been designed by A Practice For Everyday Life.
“Against a background of uncertainty or anxiety when many of us have been preoccupied with the restrictions and limitations placed on our lives,” writes PEER director Ingrid Swenson, “Crocodile Cradle has emerged as a polyphonic, big-hearted multiplatform project, wonderfully shape-shifting around the more conventional notion of an exhibition.”

Edited by Simon Moretti
Texts by Nicholas Alvis Vega, John Armleder, David Austen, Erica Baum, Andrea Bowers, Stefan Brüggemann, Pavel Büchler, Helen Cammock, Alejandro Cesarco, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Tacita Dean, Jason Dodge, Jimmie Durham, Simon English, Cerith Wyn Evans, Sylvie Fleury, Liam Gillick, Paul Heber-Percy, Lubaina Himid, Karl Holmqvist, David Horvitz, Joan Jonas, Sophie Jung, Jirí Kovanda, Marysia Lewandowska, Linder, Peter Liversidge, Goshka Macuga, Christian Marclay, Jonathan Monk, Liliana Moro, Koushna Navabi, Dan Perjovschi, Mai-Thu Perret, Cesare Pietroiusti, Matilde Cerruti Quara, Annie Ratti, Jimmy Robert, Ugo Rondinone, Giorgio Sadotti, John Smith, Nedko Solakov, Cally Spooner, Sue Tompkins, Amikam Toren, Marcel van Eeden, Fiona Banner a.k.a. The Vanity Press, Vedovamazzei, Ian Whittlesea, Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt, and Carey Young


72 pages
Softcover, 16 × 20.6 cm
ISBN 9788867495030

co-published with PEER and Mousse Publishing


Book launch with a live reading/performance at PEER on September 2nd 6-8pm.