Archive for the ‘Exhibition’ Category

Layered and Interwoven: Exploring post-colonial identity through collage, textiles and montage video

Friday, May 24th, 2024

Works by

Emmanuel Boateng

KV Duong

Family Portrait – Detail, 2024

KV Duong is an ethnically Chinese artist with a transnational background—born in Vietnam, raised in Canada, and now living as a queer person in Britain. He paints, sculpts, builds installations, and performs, all centered around form and materiality in response to his lived experiences.

Duong’s current focus is latex. He examines how it melds and coalesces with rice paper and various fabrics to create a substrate of otherness. He paints both sides, working through and over the diverse surface. These substrates sometimes resemble tactile heirlooms, akin to pieces of history passed down through generations, while at other times, they take on a performative, translucent skin-like function, serving as a vessel for his intimate DNA.

Latex references the historical connection to French colonial rubber plantations in Vietnam, while simultaneously embracing its sensuality and symbolic association with the queer experience. Laden with symbolism, this glue-like substance acts as a signifier and protagonist, fusing together materials of importance in his life to help shape and contextualize his identity and ancestral past.

Recent exhibitions include ‘Too Foreign For Home, Too Foreign For Here’ (Solo) (Migration Museum, 2022) and ‘No Place Like Home’ (Museum of The Home, 2023, co-curator and lead artist).

https://www.kvduong.com/

Funmi Lijadu

Tova McKenzie-Bassant

Anh Nguyen

Echoes of Identity

 Explore the intricate tapestry of historical and cultural influences shaping contemporary Vietnamese identity. This video delves into the rich mosaic of Vietnam’s past, highlighting the diverse cultural threads woven into the fabric of its present. From ancient traditions and colonial impacts to modern globalization, each element contributes to the complex and dynamic understanding of what it means to be Vietnamese today. “Echoes of Identity” invites you to reflect on the colonial impacts on Vietnam and its role in forming the nation’s evolving identity. 

Divya Sharma

Aquascaping

Wednesday, May 1st, 2024

London, [18/05/2024] – Javier Galera’s debut solo exhibition, ‘Aquascaping’, presents an intimate portrayal of Shadwell’s local community. Born in Ibiza, Spain, Galera offers a unique perspective, drawing parallels between his Mediterranean roots and the dynamic urban enclave of Shadwell.

Galera’s authentic approach as a documentarian seamlessly integrates him into Shadwell’s society, capturing candid moments that reflect the community’s intimacy and resilience, and raising a comparison of contrast between the artist’s concepts of ‘reefs’ and ‘fishtanks’. Influenced by renowned artists such as Boogie, Martin Parr, Juergen Teller, Nan Goldin, and Larry Clark, Galera’s work delves into underground culture, showcasing the diverse tapestry of Shadwell’s inhabitants.

‘Aquascaping’ invites viewers to immerse themselves in Galera’s world, where photographs merge seamlessly with objects, creating an immersive tableau of urban life. Galera’s vision transcends mere representation, offering viewers a deeper understanding of the community’s coexistence.

New Coasts

Sunday, March 3rd, 2024

Students from Unit C, Masters of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at University of Greenwich, have curated an exhibition of their in-progress designs. Projects explore the coastal landscapes of Landguard Point, Felixstowe, and they question what is lost and gained as these landscapes go through designed and unplanned change. 

Helena Rivera and Ed Wall have worked with students over the last three years in Unit C, developing techniques of making tapestries to tell stories of landscapes going through change.

The tapestries are layered to portray complex urbanizing landscapes of infrastructures, processes and operations. Their three dimensions reveal spatial forms and sectional thickness. And their multiple scales connect human interactions with material, political and more-than-human contexts.

The New Coasts exhibition presents a curated work-in-progress through tapestry prototypes and working drawings. Students develop individual projects through generous collective practices. Their endeavours build on three years of in-depth research, design experiments, and evolving discourse between students and tutors in Unit C. 

The landscapes going through change that students have examined over the last three years include those told through myths and land injustice (2021/22), future coasts and climate (2022/23) and working coastal landscapes (2023/24). 

The tapestries are thick and heavy, designed to be hung, and read as narratives that connect specific histories of places with designed futures. They tell stories of everyday landscapes, challenged by processes of shifting sands, complete urbanisation, rising sea levels, extractive dredging and global container ports, layered with extraordinary designs of more equitable, shared and possible futures. 

Unbroken Ukraine: under the project ‘Kids and Art for Ukraine’

Friday, February 23rd, 2024

The War tragically affected millions of people in Ukraine and one of the most vulnerable are children. Hundreds have been injured and disabled, thousands  lost their homes and in desperate need for humanitarian support. Hundreds schools have been destroyed and for all children the educational process has been severely disrupted.

All Ukrainian children had their only one beautiful childhood taken away!

Charitable project “Kids and Art for Ukraine” started in the summer of 2022 in response to the war on Ukraine – to help the children affected by the war and provide them with humanitarian, medical and educational support, and to offer psychological and therapeutic relief from the brutal reality of the war they found themselves in. 

The project is supported by the Community Initiative programme of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and all donations are matched. The EBRD’s website: https://www.ebrd.com/community-initiative

Under the project we provided educational materials, and also essentials for displaced families, electric generators, power banks and LED lights to survive through the last extremely difficult winter.

The project is supported by the Community Initiative programme of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and all donations are matched.

Our participants – https://www.kidsandartforukraine.org/our-participants