2011 / 2012
 

The Count of Monte Cristo is an ongoing series of exhibitions by Annabel Dover, Hayley Lock, Cathy Lomax, Alex Pearl and Mimei Thompson, inspired by Alexandre Dumas's classic adventure story.

Working in a range of disciplines and media the artists' each plot their own responses to the novel's settings and overarching themes of betrayal, disguise, revenge and patience. Mapping out a narrative of imagined objects, characters, conversations and relics. By turns, they engage in spying and exact subtle forms of revenge; concoct imaginary aristocrats and elaborate fantasies to dispose of rivals; compare the various cinematic and TV interpretations of Dumas's book and respond to the island settings of Monte Cristo and Chateau d’Iff. This treasure-laden exhibition examines the playful spaces between reality and illusion, charting journeys from the sublime to the ridiculous.

A special Count of Monte Cristo edition of the art fanzine Arty accompanies the series. It includes recently discovered and previously unpublished chapters from Dumas's original manuscript, unearthed in the library archive of Wilmore House and translated by artist and writer Paul Becker.

 

Each exhibition in the series is subtitled with the name of one of the chapters from the novel.

Chapter 1: The Count of Monte Cristo: The Arrival
Annabel Dover, Hayley Lock, Cathy Lomax, Alex Pearl, Mimei Thompson
Tresco, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall
March 2011
Chapter 2: The Count of Monte Cristo: Island of True Stories
Annabel Dover, Hayley Lock, Cathy Lomax, Alex Pearl, Mimei Thompson
Phoenix Gallery, Exeter
1 April–15 May 2011
Chapter 3: The Count of Monte Cristo: Conspiracy
Annabel Dover, Hayley Lock, Cathy Lomax, Alex Pearl, Mimei Thompson
Rogue Project Space, Manchester
29 April-6 May 2011
Chapter 4: The Count of Monte Cristo: The Lions Den
Annabel Dover, Hayley Lock, Cathy Lomax, Alex Michon, Alex Pearl, Alli Sharma, Mimei Thompson
Transition Gallery at In_flux, Thomas Street, Limerick City, Ireland
26-29 May 2011

Chapter 5: The Count of Monte Cristo: The Unknown
Annabel Dover, Hayley Lock, Cathy Lomax, Alex Pearl, Mimei Thompson
B&B Project Space, Folkestone
17-18 September 2011

Chapter 6: The Count of Monte Cristo: Treasure
Annabel Dover, Hayley Lock, Cathy Lomax, Alex Pearl, Mimei Thompson
ASYLUM, Caroline Gardens Chapel, London SE15
30 September-2 October 2011
Chapter 7: The Count of Monte Cristo: Father and Son
Annabel Dover / Tabitha Moses, Hayley Lock / Sovay Berriman, Cathy Lomax / Alli Sharma, Alex Pearl / Malcolm Moseley, Mimei Thompson / Urara Tsuchiya
The Round Tower, Old Portsmouth
15 September 2012


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