It is a bank holiday, and there are 20° degrees outside. What could be better than a walk around East London? Today is one of your very last occasions to see A Century of the Artist’s studio 1920 – 2020 as the exhibition ends on the 5th of June. If you have already seen it, you can have the opportunity of visiting the two new displays upstairs here at Whitechapel Gallery.
In Gallery 5 and 6, you will find We Get to Choose Our Families, an exhibition organised by trans and non-binary curators exploring the idea of chosen families in response to the oppression faced by LGBTQAI+ communities. The show encompasses a thoughtful selection of portraits, videos, objects and stories drawn from different origins, backgrounds and experiences, set against a backdrop of queer domesticity.
While in Gallery 7, you will see Christen Sveaas Art Foundation: The Unseen Selected by Hurvin Anderson, an exhibition of artworks drawing on the prologue to American writer Ralph Ellison’s celebrated novel, Invisible Man (1952), about the invisibility of black lives. Anderson brought together lesser-known artists with modern and contemporary figures, each of whom explores aspects of ‘the unseen’ using materials from coal dust and fabric to fibre and glass.
After leaving Whitechapel Gallery, the walking route heads to Stour Gallery for BODY UNBOUND, a group show of sculptures by six artists exploring the body, its communication and its place within the world from different perspectives. Later, you have the opportunity to visit Nicoletti Contemporary for total climate part 1: the infinitesimal and the mobile. The galley inaugurates a group exhibition bringing together artists whose practices investigate the link between social inequality and environmental destruction. The show features works by Mercedes Azpilicueta, Gaëlle Choisne, Evan Ifekoya, Paul Maheke, Josèfa Ntjam and Daniela Ortiz.
The following destination is Guts Gallery for ‘And this skin of mine to live again a second time’, a groupshow contemplating the multiple possibilities and avenues of ‘rebirth’ in our current day and age, featuring new sculptural and painting works by international and London based artists. The exhibition includes a text by poet James Massiah written in response to the theme of ‘Re-birth’. The final stop will be the after party of Nicoletti Contemporary’s opening at The Glove That Fits from 9 to 1 am, with a DJ set by Tatyana Jane and an exhibition of prints by Josèfa Ntjam – free entry but limited capacity so please, RSVP at email@example.com.
Enjoy your walk!