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UNTITLED: Art on the conditions of our time

Goodwin, Paul (2017) UNTITLED: Art on the conditions of our time. [Show/Exhibition]

Type of Research: Show/Exhibition
Creators: Goodwin, Paul

'UNTITLED: Art on the conditions of our time' is a major touring exhibition curated by Paul Goodwin and Hansi Momodu-Gordon in collaboration with New Art Exchange, Nottingham. The exhibition emerged from a project conceived in 2013 and curated by Paul Goodwin called 'African Diaspora Artists in the 21st Century' with the Cultural Institute at King's College London and Iniva. The exhibition is part of New Art Exchange's Arts Council England tour programme 2017-2019.

The exhibition adopts a progressive stance on exhibition making to allow new ways of thinking about art by African diaspora artists to emerge. Fixed curatorial themes have been stripped out to create a stimulating space where artworks can be experienced more openly, and where the interplay between the artists' practices can be observed. As the exhibition curators state, "This is not a show 'about' a coherent movement – instead it presents works by British African diaspora artists outside of the usual framing".

UNTITLED displays a 'snapshot' of art today by mapping a variety of practice and medium, including conversational, participatory practice and the use of online gaming technology; to painting, drawing, performance, film, printmaking and bookbinding. This broad survey approach reveals the key concerns of artists working today and as such, the current conditions of our time, from shifting racial, sexual and gendered identities, to investigations of popular culture, social networks, history and conflict. The show features two brand new commissions. Larry Achiampong and David Blandy premiere a new instalment of 'Finding Fanon, Gaiden', a series where the artists discover the work of political humanist Frantz Fanon as a way of retracing their own relationships to colonialism. Barby Asante's socially engaged project collaborates with young adults living in Nottingham as coresearchers of an interactive online map that visualises the hidden connections, and unconventional centres of local knowledge about art and culture.

Addressing the challenge in how collective memory is preserved, Kimathi Donkor's paintings re-imagine history, and Barbara Walker's charcoal drawings of black servicemen show their contribution and sacrifices which are often overlooked. Popular culture plays a leading role in Harold Offeh's humorous re-enactments of iconic album covers, NT's montages of archival film footage, and through Appau Junior Boakye-Yiadom's sculpture where balloons are playfully used to reenact Michael Jackson's dance stance. Themes around the migrant crisis and globalisation prevail in Phoebe Boswell's large-scale drawing of the comings and goings in public space. Evan Ifekoya is inspired by nightlife culture and performative movement, working in a range of mediums such as drawing, installation and video. Ima-Abasi Okon's site responsive installation explores ideas around language, knowledge and voice and makes reference to issues of access, permission and circulation. Cedar Lewisohn's presentation interrogates Modernist art histories through a labour intensive set of handbound books and accompanying woodblocks.

Other Contributors:
Other (Co-Curator)Momodu-Gordon, Hansi
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: African Diaspora, Transnationalism, Contemporary Art, Conceptualism,
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Research Centres/Networks > Transnational Art Identity and Nation (TrAIN)
Date: 14 January 2017
Funders: New Art Exchange, Arts Council England
Related Websites: http://www.nae.org.uk/exhibition/untitled-art-on-the-conditions-of-our/114
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Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
New Art Exchange, Nottingham14 January 201719 March 2017
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2017 12:44
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2017 15:42
Item ID: 11812
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/11812

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