PAPER presents the group exhibition ‘Like the lines of a hand’ this November that takes inspiration from the seminal book, Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino.

Each artist has responded to a line from the book, making a new piece of work. The book explores how we interact with cities and is apt in regards to ever changing and expanding city of Manchester.

The title of the exhibition: ‘like the lines of a hand’, is taken from the novel Invisible Cities by Italian writer Italo Calvino, published in Italy in 1972. It is the starting point for a group of 18 UK based artists, chosen by PAPER and C4RD (Centre for Recent Drawing) in London.

Each artist chose a line, a brief passage, or a chapter title from the book, which explores layers of imagined and fictional vistas through the descriptions of cities by an explorer, Marco Polo. The book itself consists of brief prose poems describing 55 fictitious cities but which are all actually just descriptions of one city, Venice.

The chosen pieces of text, highlighting the dialogue with Invisible Cities, acts as a discrete, non-linear curatorial discourse between the works in the exhibition by the chosen group of artists. The individual works in ‘like the lines of a hand’, often reference and play with the complexities of inventive language and narrative, explored in Invisible Cities.


PAPER #41: like the lines of a hand (in collaboration with C4RD)

Exhibition dates: 18 November – 16 December 2017
Private View: Friday 17 November 20176-9pm

Opening Times: 11am – 5pm every Saturday
PAPER Gallery, Mirabel Studios, 14-20 Mirabel Street, Manchester, M3 1PJ



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