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FACT Presents Groundbreaking Art Installations By R.I.P. Germain & Sara Sadik This Summer

FACT Liverpool presents two solo exhibitions by artists R.I.P. Germain and Sara Sadik from Friday 5 July until Sunday 13 October 2024.

R.I.P. Germain’s immersive installation considers the complex overlaps between alternative currencies, gate-kept spaces and odd logics that structure hidden worlds. Alongside, Sara Sadik’s film and interactive installation reflects on brotherhood and belonging, exploring the relationship between alienation, ambition, and securing your legacy.

R.I.P Germain “After GOD, Dudus Comes Next!” (2024)

R.I.P. Germain presents “After GOD, Dudus Comes Next!” (2024), an ambitious, large-scale installation developed from the artist’s first major UK solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London in 2023.

In “After GOD, Dudus Comes Next!”, R.I.P. Germain explores the concept of ‘false fronts’: spaces that look like one thing, but function as something else, or otherwise occlude some of their operations from general access.

The gallery presents a street facade with three such establishments, that each reveal or conceal their purpose to varying degrees, depending on who you are. Inside each space are hundreds of visible and hidden objects that may or may not hold significance for us; to understand their meaning relies on the visitors’ own background and understanding of the world. They act as clues and codes – perhaps evoking a reaction, or not resonating at all.

R.I.P. Germain Installation coming to FACT Liverpool
R.I.P. Germain, 22After GOD, Dudus Comes Next! 22 (2024)

Through architecting these spaces, the artist examines how exclusionary structures shape alternative spaces and behaviours, shedding light on how those who feel the need to create support networks do so when official resources are inaccessible, and how illegal activity quite literally fills gaps in the fabric of cities.

R.I.P. Germain’s practice uses the micro of people’s experiences to explore the macro of the systems that shape the world. The artist’s work considers how assumptions – sometimes accurate, sometimes inaccurate – are projected onto us, but this is not a passive experience, they have an impact regardless of whether we ignore them, lean into them, or create opportunities to exploit them.

Social currency allows access to spaces and experiences – for example, being invited into the V.I.P. area of a jewellery store, or being a part of a sacred ritual. “After GOD, Dudus Comes Next!” serves as a breathing space to consider the complex overlaps between alternative currencies, gate-kept spaces and odd logics that structure hidden worlds.

R.I.P. Germain isn’t asking audiences to be entirely comfortable with their experience of the work, but to explore connections between subcultures and broader cultural landscapes, urging a reevaluation of entrenched norms and perceptions.


Combining film, installation, and gaming, Sara Sadik creates fantastical worlds that sit between fiction and documentary. Sadik explores themes of loneliness, love, and empowerment, focusing on the unique subcultures developed by diasporas, particularly in her homeland of France.

At FACT, Sadik presents a reimagining of XENON PALACE CHAMPIONSHIP (2023), an interactive film and installation environment. The artist transforms the gallery into a pink-hued hookah lounge, mirroring the Xenon Palace—a haven created to escape reality— in which the film is set.

Sara Sadik Installation Coming To FACT Liverpool
Sara Sadik, XENON PALACE CHAMPIONSHIP (2023). Commissioned by LUMA Arles and Google Research Initiative. Courtesy of the artist

The narrative revolves around a group of men competing in a gaming tournament to win the keys to the palace. Training and competing with Xenons, bizarre creatures that emerge from wisps of smoke, the men engage in intense gaming duels. As battles commence, the film seamlessly transitions into an interactive video game, enabling visitors to play using custom-built gesture-recognition controllers that mimic the futuristic hookah hoses depicted in the film.

Produced as part of a landmark partnership between LUMA Arles and Google Research Initiative, Sara uses next-generation technology to explore notions of brotherhood and belonging, highlighting the complex relationship between alienation, ambition, and legacy. She creates a space that allows people who experience prejudice and cultural isolation in everyday life to escape and find solidarity in the shared world of the Xenon Palace.

Maitreyi Maheshwari, Head of Programme at FACT, said:
“Summer shows are often the highlight of our year at FACT as we bring together works that are vibrant and immersive for audiences on holidays, but which also examine big ideas through their playfulness. Both R.I.P. Germain and Sara Sadik’s installations ask us to look beyond the surface of people and places, as they examine the nuances of multi-layered social worlds: be they spaces that present different fronts to different people, or subcultures that emerge from collective experiences.

The works invite us to question how our preconceptions of places and objects contribute to the judgements we make of the people who use them. In their own ways, each artist’s work brings an awareness of how social codes can become barriers and forms of cultural alienation.”

For more information about FACT and their exhibitions visit


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