SUMMER GROUP EXHIBITION: Untitled
19 July – 15 September 2016
We haven’t noticed many group exhibitions amongst African artists this year. Obviously aside of Nigeria in Venice group show at the Biennale, we’re set to visit Tyburn gallery for their new showcase.
Tyburn Gallery is presenting a new group show UNTITLED. This particular exhibition will see the works of Joël Andrianomearisoa, Edson Chagas, Victor Ehikhamenor, Mouna Karray and Mónica de Miranda in the London gallery.
From the press release describes the summer group show as follows:
The show pairs photographic work with sculptural paper pieces, to create a vision of desolation and minimalism, a nameless, placeless space of slow urban decay and shifting history. This sense of blankness quietly strips bare the grand guiding narratives of history to reveal whispers of disappointment – an unnamed unease which pervades the present moment.
We find paper and textiles as recurrent elements in Joël Andrianomeariso’s work. The artist was born in Madagascar and lives and works between Antananarivo (Madagascar) and Paris (France). Split, folded, creased and woven, Andrianomeariso is able to create a myriad of compositions from his materials. In Passion Labyrinth (2014), Andrianomearisoa creates a three-line grid of fragile folded black paper. The different folds of the paper overlap, blend and contrast, creating a fluid enquiry into the notions of fantasy and reality, emotion and truth. The varied textures and monochrome, repetitive nature of the work invoke a multitude of meanings and emotions.
Edson Chagas’ photo series Found Not Taken (2009) on the other hand explores physical and cultural displacement by documenting the everyday objects of Luanda, where the artist was born and currently lives. The work arises from Chagas’ interest in the emergent culture of disposability and his hometown’s developing consumerism in the face of economic advancement.
Hailing from the historic seat of the Benin Empire, Victor Ehikhamenor draws inspiration from the dual aesthetic and spiritual traditions which infused his upbringing, using imagery and symbolism from both Edo traditional religion and Catholicism. As an avid storyteller The Palace Singer as a Historian (2017), reflect between magic realism of memory and nostalgia or biting criticism of history and politics with a huge nod to the political issues in Nigeria both contemporary and historical. The artist was born in Edo State, Nigeria in 1970 and lives and works between Lagos, Nigeria and Maryland, USA.
In the series Murmurer (2007), Mouna Karray photographs walls – abandoned architectural barriers that increasingly characterize the cityscape of her hometown Sfax, Tunisia. Karray’s work documents the reality of urban neglect. In the artist’s words: “From the beginning I was fascinated by the stories the walls seemed to whisper to me. Some of them have been subject to alterations over time. […] The traces of time mark them like scars. It is their status as faulty that suits me”.
Mónica de Miranda’s series Hotel Globo (2016) features an Angolan hotel built in the 1950s. Rich in history and once considered the best in Luanda, de Miranda’s photographs capture a place stuck in time, reflecting the contrasts that define the city itself. Hotel Globo is a meditation on the need to preserve places as symbols of the construction of collective memory. The work also stresses the urgent need to rethink models of development and for these models to address the relationship with the past.
De Miranda’s other work includes Linetrap (2014). Here she explores how colonised lands were frequently defined and divided by dominating powers that imposed artificial limits and boundaries. The artist uses a line to rework a fixed and unique landscape, by stitching over the images.
Artists: Joël Andrianomearisao, Edson Chagas,
Victor Ehikhamenor, Mouna Karray, Mónica de Miranda
Address: Tyburn Gallery, 26 Barrett Street, London, W1U 1BG
Telephone: +44 (0)20 3388 0540
Dates: 19 July – 15 September 2017
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10AM – 6PM, Saturday 12 – 5PM
Nearest Tube: Bond Street
For info contact: Emma Gilhooly or Francesca Meale at Pelham Communications
+44 (0)20 8969 3959