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Tyburn Gallery Presents Untitled , A Summer Group Exhibition 19 July –  15 September 2016


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.

Mónica de Miranda
Hotel Globo, 2016
inkjet print
49 x 74 cm
Copyright the artist, Courtesy Tyburn Gallery

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 Chagasphoto 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.

Exhibition Facts


Artists:                         Joël Andrianomearisao, Edson Chagas,

Victor Ehikhamenor, Mouna Karray, Mónica de Miranda

Title:                            UNTITLED

Address:                       Tyburn Gallery, 26 Barrett Street, London, W1U 1BG

Telephone:                   +44 (0)20 3388 0540

Website:                       www.tyburngallery.com

Email:                           info@tyburngallery.com

Dates:                          19 July – 15 September 2017

Opening Hours:            Tuesday – Friday, 10AM – 6PM, Saturday 12 – 5PM

Admission:                   Free

Nearest Tube:               Bond Street

For info contact:            Emma Gilhooly or Francesca Meale at Pelham Communications



+44 (0)20 8969 3959


Sex and Gender in Art: Fearless Lady Skollie is Exhibiting at Tyburn Gallery| 19 January – 4 March 2017

‘2017: The year of distancing myself from basic thoughts, influences, opinions, energies even further.’ – @LadySkollie

They say she isn’t afraid to speak about sex and gender inequality through any medium possible whether is paintings, podcasts and zines. Meet Lady Skollie, the talented South African artist who will be taking over Tyburn Gallery London for her first solo show in the UK in January.

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Lady Skollie

Using ink, watercolour and crayon, Lady Skollie creates playfully sexual paintings, filled with bright colours, symbolic fruit, and all the joy and darkness of the erotic. Her work is simultaneously bold and vulnerable, expressing the duality of human sexuality; she explains, “it’s the simplest and the most complicated thing of being human, and [it] reminds us that we are just animals. Sex, food and sleep are very primal”.

Lady Skollie, aka Laura Windvogel, was born in Cape Town and currently lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. The moniker ‘Skollie’ is a term used to describe a shady character, historically used in South Africa when a person of colour was in a place deemed unsuitable by the white populace.

What you will see in Lust Politics are new painted works featuring sex, gender roles, taboos, objectification, violence, power structures, greed and lust. The result is a body of confrontational artwork rich with suggestive images of bananas, papayas and repeated patterns of ‘pussy prints’; these fruit motifs highlight the artist’s anxiety towards unrealistic expectations of sexual and romantic relations between men and women. In these new works, delicate and vibrant colours are masterfully blended within images that transcend Lady Skollie’s own take on sexual fantasies and desires.

The artist engages her audience actively via social media as well as recording a sex talk radio show. This forms part of her mediums of expression. In her words: “Self-expression has never been as cheap or easy. Use it”. At the same time, Lady Skollie sees art as an essential antidote to the distractions of the digital age.


“Art is about confronting and making people, including yourself, feel uncomfortable. Art as social commentary, art as political commentary, it’s all important in the quest to evoke rage”- Lady Skollie.


Don’t miss the large scale murale the artist will be painting on Wednesday 18 January, the exhibition preview date.

We’re looking forward to this thought-provoking exhibition.

Exhibition Details 

Artist:  Lady Skollie

Title: Lust Politics

Address: Tyburn Gallery, 26 Barrett Street, London, W1U 1BG

Telephone: +44 (0)20 3388 0540


Email: info@tyburngallery.com

Dates:19 January – 4 March 2017

Private View: Thursday 19 January 2017, 6-8.30PM

Painting of mural: Wednesday 18 January 2017 10AM-6PM

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10AM – 6PM, Saturday 10AM – 5PM

Admission: Free

Nearest Tube: Bond Street

For information please contact: info@tyburngallery.com

These Are The Galleries You Should Check Out At 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London

The fourth edition of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair is fast arriving and the fair has announced the gallery list its London fair, which will take place at Somerset House from October 6-9 2016.

Having attended the art fair for the last 3 years, we’re enthusiastically looking forward to this edition. It has been announced that 40 of the world’s leading galleries that specialize in contemporary African art, showcasing the work of 110 African and African diasporan artists from 30 countries will be taking part. We are very much excited to see the diversity that will come into play in this year’s edition.

The 40 galleries participating in the 2016 London edition of the fair come from 18 different countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Egypt, Denmark, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Nigeria, Portugal, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia, Spain, and the United States.

Other galleries that will be part of the art fair this fall include 50 Golborn, Addis Fine Art, AGorgi Contemporary Art Gallery, Barnard Gallery, Caroline Pagès Gallery, Circle Art Gallery, Eric Hussenot Gallery, Galeria 111, Gallery 1957, Gallery of African Art (GAFRA), Jenkins Johnson Gallery, L’Atelier 21, Officine dell’Immagine, Sulger-Buel Lovell, TAFETA, Tyburn Gallery, and Village Unhu.
The GlowingColours team caught up with 1:54 African Art Fair founder Touria El Glaoui at an art exhibition opening at Tyburn in Mayfair London. She says she visits and loves our website. What a huge honour. We think she is simply amazing.
This year 1:54 will again be accompanied by FORUM, the fair’s extensive talks and events program, including lectures, film screenings and panel discussions with international curators,artists and art professionals. FORUM is curated by Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director of RAW Material Company, Dakar. This year’s fair will also see an expanded collateral program of exhibitions in Somerset House, with further details to be announced at a later date.
Artsy has launched an exclusive preview of the fair. Click here to check it out!

African Art Guide: Don’t Miss Tyburn Gallery’s Exhibition of Mohau Modisakeng

Mohau Modisakeng: Bophirima
10 June – 17 September
Preview: Thursday 9th June, 6-8:30pm
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Mohau Modisakeng, Endabeni 2, 2015. Inkjet print, 150 x 200 cm. Copyright the artist, Courtesy Tyburn Gallery.

Tyburn Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Mohau Modisakeng.

This is the first time the London-based gallery is hosting the South African artist.

The press release states that Modisakeng is one of the most promising young South African artists today. His practice reflects both upon the political and his own personal experiences of growing up in Apartheid and Post-Apartheid South Africa, with central themes which revolve around violence, labour, security and ritual.

The artist who initially trained as a sculptor, uses the technique of the self-portrait – through large-scale photographs, performance and video installations – to address issues such as his own identity and the political processes within his country. He uses his body to explore the influence of South Africa’s violent history, creating powerful and poetic invocations where the body is transformed into a poignant marker of collective history. Modisakeng explains: “The real work for me is in relating the visual signs and symbols of the abstract – be it in music or in my dreams – into a narrative that resonates with the collective social experience.” 

The exhibition is titled Bophirima from the artist’s mother tongue Setswana, meaning West or where the sun sets, also meaning twilight or before dusk. In two new series of photographic self-portraits, Endabeni and Ga Etsho, Modisakeng reflects on the legacy of colonialism and its effect on post-independence societies in Africa. The social, political and economic systems inherited from colonial rule have remained entrenched, with the result that the lives of most of the population, other than those of the new elites, have not changed markedly.  Economic resources continue to be in control of a small minority, with the overwhelming majority of people struggling to make a living in a climate in which the odds remain stacked against them.

In South Africa, Apartheid has left an ongoing legacy of political corruption which has hampered efforts to address historical injustices. Levels of economic inequality remain among the worst in the world, a situation which has worsened in the face of mass unemployment and poor economic growth. Widespread poverty and the failure to redress the injustices of the past have contributed to an environment in which anxiety, unrest and conflict predominate. The ethnic, political and social tensions caused by centuries of colonial rule are being exploited by competing political forces seeking to gain or maintain access to the mostly exploitative profits resulting from a growing global appetite for African commodities.

Bophirima will be the first solo exhibition of Mohau Modisakeng in the UK.

Mohau Modisakeng was born in Soweto, Johannesburg in 1986 and lives and works between Johannesburg and Cape Town.  He studied at Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town.

The artist has exhibited his art widely and has won multiple awards. In 2016 he was awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art, the most prestigious award in Africa.  Modisakeng’s work has been exhibited at Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria (2015); MoCADA, New York (2015); Museum of Fine Art, Boston (2014); 21C Museum, Kentucky, Massachusetts (2014); IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2014); Saatchi Gallery, London (2012); and the Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar (2012), among others.

He has contributed to the group exhibition of the South African pavilion at the 56thVenice Biennale (2015). His works form part of large public collections, such as the Johannesburg Art Gallery, the Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, the Saatchi Gallery and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA).

Events! Tyburn Gallery Presents Michele Mathison: Uproot | 5 February – 19 March 2016

Michele Mathison is set to showcase latest works at London’s Tyburn Gallery in February.

The South African-born artist uses various materials to transform everyday objects into powerful artistic declarations. Informed by his own migratory experience, living primarily in South Africa and Zimbabwe, his sculptures and installations form a visual language commenting on both the personal and political.

This exhibition brings together tools, objects and symbols that shape cultural and political identity in South Africa and Zimbabwe. The art showcase aims to form a conversation on themes of labour and migration, a visual narrative of Sub-Saharan Africa’s collective concerns.

Find an excerpt of the press release and info below:


In Plot, maize plants intricately crafted in steel form a visual field in the gallery. As the staple food of the region, small plots of land planted with maize are a regular sight in rural and urban surroundings. Placed out of context and devoid of function, the inherent monumentality of the crop is revealed, intensified by the ornateness of the sculpture and hardness of the metal used; it is at once an inviting image of domestic survival and a definitive, if decorative, boundary within the space. The work becomes a sculptural expression for universal concerns such as migration, land ownership and cultivation, whilst providing a metaphor for the cycle of life.


Archetypal stone-carved Zimbabwe birds in the series Chapungu, Shiri yedenga (sky bird) are reinterpreted in cast iron and placed on wooden gum poles providing a modern day perch. Emblematic of the country’s history and identity, the birds are layered with political and spiritual connotations.

Originally created by the Shona people for the walled city of Great Zimbabwe, during the 13th and 14th centuries, it is believed that the birds were used to communicate with ancestral spirits, the cornerstone of Shona religious belief. The carvings were removed by British colonisers and treasure hunters during the later part of the 19th century. Under the patronage of colonialist Cecil John Rhodes, several of the birds were taken to South Africa – only to be repatriated to Zimbabwe following independence in 1980. Rhodes himself tried to use the birds as evidence of some kind of Phoenician or Egyptian pre-colonisation.

The works become not solely a comment on movement across cultural and national borders, but also the manipulation of patriotic and personal identity by the physical, often brutal, uprooting and repatriation of historical symbols.

The exhibition also includes a wall-relief work, Lost ground, which recalls the beginnings of cultivation, or destruction and construction. This once again references how the artist plays between ideas of nurture and growth, whilst reminding us of the violence often associated with the appropriation of a country’s mineral resources.

Born in South Africa, Michele Mathison lived in Italy and Mozambique before spending most of his childhood in Zimbabwe. He studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa (1997-2000) and spent the following years living between Cape Town, Harare and Bulawayo, before moving to Johannesburg where he now lives and works.


Michele Mathison has done solo shows as well as group exhibitions which include: Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, London (2015); You Love Me, You Love Me Not, Municipal Gallery, Almeida Garrett, Porto (2015); African Odysseys, Brass, Brussels (2015); Nirox Sculpture, Nirox Sculpture Park, Johannesburg, (2014) and Dudziro, Zimbabwe Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (2013). His work is included in the collection of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA).

Exhibition Info

Title:                            Michele Mathison

Address:                      Tyburn Gallery, 26 Barrett Street, London, W1U 1BG

Telephone:                  +44 (0)20 3388 0540

Website:                      www.tyburngallery.com

Dates:                          5 February – 19 March 2016

Private View:                Thursday 4 February 2016, 6 – 8PM

Opening Hours:           Tuesday – Friday, 10AM – 6PM, Saturday 10AM – 5PM

Admission:                   Free

Nearest Tube:              Bond Street


For information please contact: info@tyburngallery.com

African Art Exhibition London: Moffat Takadiwa At Tyburn Gallery

Another great exhibition of African art opens at new London-based art gallery, Tyburn.

Tyburn Gallery presents Moffat Takadiwa’s first UK solo exhibition: Foreign Objects 

Exhibition dates: 5 November 2015 – 9 January 2016

Born in Karoi, Zimbabwe, in 1983, and currently based in Harare, Takadiwa is known for his simple but intricate installations made from found materials, including spray-can debris, plastic bottle tops and discarded electrical goods. Through the works exhibited, Takadiwa engages our senses, both literally and visually, as a unique way for identifying foreign materials, items and objects.

Moffat Takadiwa’s practice engages with issues of material culture, identity and spirituality as well as social practice and the environment. The exhibition groups together wall-hung sculptures that bear witness to the cultural dominance exercised by the consumption of foreign products in Zimbabwe and across Africa. Imported consumables become symbolic of the shifting power struggles within post-colonial Zimbabwe, resulting in the uneven distribution of economic and cultural power across the country. Greatly influenced by the Argentine semiotician Dr. Walter Mignolo’s scholarship on ‘colonialily’ and modernity, Takadiwa’s work is an explicit challenge to contemporary governments whose pledges on indigenous empowerment are failing to come to fruition.

Part of the post-independence generation of artists in Zimbabwe, Takadiwa has exhibited extensively across major institutions in Zimbabwe as well as internationally.