Archive for the ‘Stephen Lawrence Gallery’ 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.

‘Oceans on Azimuth’ Album Launch by Lola de la Mata + special guest Maria Chávez (+ Silvia Mal DJ)

Wednesday, April 24th, 2024

Wednesday May 15th 2024 | 7pm doors

Lola de la Mata / Maria Chávez

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Hosted by the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, experimental Composer Lola de la Mata presents a performance and exhibition of musical sculptures for her Debut Album ‘Oceans on Azimuth’, alongside special guest Abstract Turntablist, Sound Artist and DJ, Maria Chávez.

Wednesday 15 May 2024 | Doors: 6:30pm

Tickets on RA:
General Entry + 1 Drink included: £16 + fees
Student Entry + 1 Drink included: £13 + fees

The night will feature a talk around Tinnitus and Aural Diversity between Lola de la Mata, Maria Chávez and Jono Heale, Director at ACS (custom musician earplugs) and moderated by Amy Skjerseth.

The event will be opened and accompanied by a fine selection of music by Silvia Mal DJ (Sagome).

There will be the opportunity to have impressions taken of your ears. As a creative method of archiving the listening focused event, these will be displayed in the space throughout the night. After the event, Lola will combine these into a cast sculpture.

Sound will be provided by the wonderous Isa, along with installation/tech from Eduard….yes- the IKLECTIK dream team!

An Avant-garde Auditory Odyssey Into Tinnitus – Lola’s compositions feature sonic landscapes crafted from throbbing heartbeats and tinnitus phantoms. Translated forms of hearing and listening are explored throughout the project in collaged poems which ricochet amongst field recordings, prepared string instruments, a Claravox theremin, an ear canal shaped gong, and other glass inventions.

Programme:

6.30pm – Silvia Mal DJ
7.30pm – Talk (moderated by Amy Skjerseth)
8.30pm – Lola de la Mata
9.30pm – Maria Chávez
10.15pm – Silvia Mal DJ

The project features collaborations with biophysicists A.J.Hudspeth and Francesco Gianoli, and resident musicologist Lana Norris from The Hudspeth Laboratory of Sensory Neuroscience, NYC.

About the Artists:

Lola de la Mata
London born French/Spanish conceptual sound artist, composer, curator and musician (violin/voice/theremin). Lola harnesses improvisation in her collaborative performances with fellow musicians, dancers and queer performance artists, most recently with Eve Stainton. With her gaze focused the architecture of the ear and its auditory illusions, Tinnitus and Aural Diversity form the core of her research practice, inspiring sculptural musical instruments. She has received commissions from the Riot Ensemble, Zubin Kanga, Nonclassical, Lisson Gallery, Spitalfields Music Festival, and crafted soundtracks for experimental film, documentary and the award winning feature film STOPMOTION by Robert Morgan, which will received its North America release February 2024.

Maria Chávez
Born in Lima, Peru and based in NYC, Maria Chávez is best known as an abstract turntablist, sound artist and DJ. Coincidence, chance and failures are themes that unite her work across mediums, including improvised performance, sound and marble sculpture, visual art, and book objects. Her approach is rooted in Deep Listening, a form of embodied listening developed by her late mentor Pauline Oliveros.
Maria is the only abstract turntablist in the world who performs with a rare needle known as the RAKE Double Needle. This special device contains two needles on one head, allowing it to read two different segments of a single record at the same time. Her work has been featured and supported by a myriad of institutions over the past decades including Rewire Festival, Counterflows Festival, Donau Festival, MoMA & MoMA PS1, The Getty, The Wire, MOCA Jacksonville, Black Mountain College Museum, Cambridge University Press and many, many more.
Chavez’s 2012 book, Of Technique: Chance Procedures on Turntable has garnered a reputation as both an academic resource on turntablism and a foundational text for a new generation of turntablists.

Amy Skjerseth
Amy Skjerseth is Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Audiovisual Media at the University of Liverpool. There, she also co-directs the Music and Audiovisual Media MA program. Her monograph-in-progress, Audiovisual Thinking: Visual Waves of Popular Music (under contract with University of California Press), explores how 1960s transistor radios to 2000s vocaloids influenced both musical and visual culture. Her second book, also in progress, is called The Feminist Wall of Sound. She publishes on topics ranging from sound for stop-motion animation to gendered and raced representations of pop stars in media. Her work appears in Journal of Popular Music Studies; Music, Sound, and the Moving Image; and more. She also creates video essays and podcasts.

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Slidefest Palestine

Wednesday, April 10th, 2024

GPP Slidefest, an event founded in Dubai by Gulf Photo Plus, is an evening of inspiring photography presentations by artists around a central theme. Each photographer takes the stage for 5/7mins to share their photography series followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Since its inception over a decade ago, GPP has held over 30 of these Slidefest evenings and have presented them in Cairo, Jeddah, Riyadh and Bahrain; the most recent one being held in London at the ICA last July in partnership with the Safar Film Festival.

GPP and the University of Greenwich are teaming up to present Slidefest Palestine centered on Palestine with presentations from photographers based in Palestine or the diaspora. The presentations will share work from the ground in Palestinian featuring an array of stories – from the skateboarding community in Palestine to the plight of expectant mothers at checkpoints to archival photos from the 50s in Gaza.

Come join us for an evening of powerful photography presentations by Palestinian artists unveiling the resilience and struggle within the heart of Palestinian existence.

Admission to the event is free, but you will need to register to attend.

Register for free via eventbrite HERE.

OR, if you prefer to contact the gallery directly to register, please email ugg@gre.ac.uk

Maen HammadLanding

Landing is a collaborative look at the purposeful escape that skateboarding provides to a handful of Palestinian skaters, including Hammad himself. This purposeful escape is a radical form of resistance to a headspace of violence, situated in the mundane and explicit layers of Israeli domination in Palestine. Woven throughout are also tales of his own family’s experience of displacement, diaspora, and partial return. 

“I brought my skateboard with me to Palestine in 2014 when I moved back after living 19 years in the US, because I knew I would be a stranger. I needed the kid in me to remind himself that all is well, while I tried to find home. Skating leads us into a parallel world, where we can participate in our surroundings. This participation is an interpretive dance with the built environment, a tool to assemble a community, and most importantly, a centering on the imagination. This project serves as a reminder for this pocket of freedom, as we all try to find our landing. Throughout the project are photos taken by myself, as well as those taken on disposable cameras from the core group of skaters. I simply asked them to photograph the world around them.”

Rehaf BatnijiFables of the Sea

In Rehaf Batniji’s project Fables of the Sea” she captures portraits of fishermen paired with images of their catches. This juxtaposition creates a narrative of intertwined destinies, suggesting a moment of convergence between the fishermen and their catch. The series serves as a response to the life-threatening conditions put on Gaza’s fishermen due to the aggressions imposed on them. For the people of Gaza, the sea isn’t just a livelihood but a vital source of sustenance and survival. Rather than merely documenting struggle, Batniji focuses on portraying moments of resilience and contentment amidst adversity, offering a light-hearted approach to the nuances of daily aggression imposed on the people of Palestine.

Ozge Calafato (Archives of Kegham Djeghalian)
Kegham Djeghalian Jr.
– Preserving the Visual Archive of Gaza | Disrupted Histories and Photo Kegham

The first photography studio in Gaza was founded by Kegham Djeghalian Sr. in 1944. His grandson, Kegham Djeghalian Jr, works on activating the surviving fraction of his grandfather’s endangered archive. Focusing on the legacy of this exceptional photographer, Özge Calafato will share images from the collection and also briefly discuss the significance of preserving Gaza’s precarious visual history and cultural heritage in light of the current critical crisis in Gaza.

Samar Hazboun – Beyond Checkpoints

More than 67 Palestinian women were forced to give birth at checkpoints between 2000 and 2005. Comprehensive closures during the Second Intifada (2001) resulted in complete prohibitions on Palestinian movement into Israel, and between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. These restrictions remain until this day and Israel stands behind this policy by arguing that it is necessary to protect its citizens. This project explores a series of births that took place at checkpoints by pairing portraits with relevant belongings of the subjects involved. Whether it is a premature death certificate or clothes prepared for a child that were never worn, these elements were inanimate witnesses to an otherwise undocumented event. They aim to introduce personal narratives by taking the viewer into images beyond what is usually seen, inviting them to explore stories through their secondary characters. The project is an intersection of memory, loss, grief, and a sad truth that all that remains from these tragedies are mere objects that bear witness to a slowly fading history.

Tanya Habjouqa – Birds Unaccustomed to Gravity

Birds Unaccustomed to Gravity is a photographic mapping of the boundaries –  psychic and physical – that define contemporary Palestinian lives under occupation. Palestine requires an ability to accept the existence of contradictory and often hostile realities at once. Recent developments in Israel bode only a darkening future. Having spent 13 years living in East Jerusalem, raising two Palestinian children, Tanya has come to see the complexities of Palestinian reality in anguished and joyous detail. This series traces the losses and victories that define Palestinian life, shattering confrontations, microscopic liberations, and the forging, holding, and remembering of space she explores the tensions within and around landscapes and characters etched into the lives of the land’s occupied and occupying populations.

GULF PHOTO PLUS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH