9 June - 5 August
Bakwa Magazine | Delaine Le Bas | Thierry Geoffroy | Elsa M’bala | Gideon Mendel | Dzekashu Macviban
Curated by Christine Eyene, the group exhibition takes on the rhetoric of the importance of art ‘now more than ever’, a discourse that gained currency on social media in the face of the crisis of humanism, to examine the relationship between the socio-political and aesthetic.
Drawing from the British context as point of departure, and the wave of exhibitions by Black British artists –highlighting the recurrence of the issues they addressed in the 1980s and demonstrating the continued relevance of their art to this day – this project is the result of on-going conversations with artists who have always been alert to the fragility of democracies and concerned with the pockets of exclusions that exist in the so-called ‘Free World’.
“Still unresolved and very much ongoing” is a quote from an essay by British art historian Kobena Mercer entitled “Iconography after Identity” (2005) in which he discusses Black British art and the importance and complexities of apprehending identity-based, and by extension socio-politically oriented art, through the prism of iconography and iconology. The exhibition title also reflects the current climate of surreal revival of past forms of prejudice and injustice thought eradicated but resurfacing like a societal necrosis.
Image Credits: Gideon Mendel, ‘Rally welcoming SWAPO leader, Sam Nujoma, after thirty years’ exile’ from the Damage series shot in 1989, printed in 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Axis Gallery, NY & NJ.
|3 minute walk from either Aldgate East or Aldgate Tube Station. 9 minute walk from Liverpool Street Tube Station.|
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