‘Pickpocket, A Professional Development Workshop for Artists’ is presented to coincide with Moving the Image: photography and its actions curated by Duncan Wooldridge at Camberwell Space, Photo London and Peckham 24. The exhibition includes documentation of Pickpocket, which was originally commissioned for Manifesta 11, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art in Zurich and was performed in Caberet Voltaire in June 2016. The theme of the Biennial was ‘What People Do For Money.’ 

‘Pickpocket, A Professional Development Workshop for Artists’ will be performed in the UK, by Magic Circle magician and entertainer Lee Thompson. Lee also uses his expertise to train the police.  The idea of the workshop is to train artists to acquire new skills to sustain their practice, using creative talent to generate income, and avoid being pickpocketed while thinking about their latest art project. The premise behind the performance is how can artists make a living? Skills acquisition seems like a good proposition, which is what artists are good at, and most have a second job anyway. It’s ironic of course. 

Pickpocket performer Lee Thompson will also be attending the exhibition opening to “putpocket” playing card sized limited edition fibre based silver gelatin hand prints. The photographs are re-enactments of stills from Robert Bresson’s 1959 movie Pickpocket. The Pickpocket’s hand in each shot is the artist’s.


Moving the Image: photography and its actions
Camberwell Space, Camberwell College of Arts, Peckham Road, SE5 8UF 

Opening hours: 
Private View: 18 April 2019, 6 – 8pm
Exhibition Runs: 23 April – 1 June 2019
Exhibition open: Monday – Friday, 10am-6pm, Saturday, 12pm-4pm 
Peckham 24/Photo London Late Opening: Friday 17th May, 10am-8pm 

Artists in the exhibition include: Lou Cantor, Liz Deschenes, Discipula, David Horvitz, Steff Jamieson, Kensuke Koike, Taisuke Koyama, Louise Lawler, John MacLean, Sarah Pickering, Salvo, Dayanita Singh, Clare Strand, Dafna Talmor, Edouard Taufenbach and Corinne Vionnet.