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Helen Cammock Shouting in Whispers installation view, Cubitt Gallery, 2017. Photography by Mark Blower, courtesy of Cubitt Artists.
Friday Dispatch 13 Oct 2017 By Christine Takengny

Helen Cammock: Shouting in Whispers, at Cubitt Gallery

Cammock challenges us to reflect on how we commemorate and represent historical moments and people and to think about who is rendered invisible or unacknowledged by history and present culture.

Tschabalala Self, Habibi Papi, 2017. Watercolour, acrylic, flashe, gouache, coloured pencil, hand-coloured photocopies, photocopies hand-coloured canvas on canvas. 243.8 x 213.4 cm. Photo: Damian Griffiths, Courtesy of the artist and Pilar Corrias Gallery
Friday Dispatch 15 Sep 2017 By Christine Takengny

Tschabalala Self: Bodega Run, at Pilar Corrias

Tschabalala Self’s work is primarily concerned with the ethno-cultural stereotypes surrounding the Black body within contemporary culture, ‘Bodega Run’ at Pilar Corrias Gallery is Self’s first foray into installation.

Theo Eshetu, The Slave Ship, 2015. Single channel video installation with sound, 14m 28s. Courtesy of the artist and Tiwani Contemporary. Photographer © Sylvain Deleu 2017.
Friday Dispatch 28 Jul 2017 By Christine Takengny

Theo Eshetu: The Slave Ship, at Tiwani Contemporary

The film is a hypnotic meditation on how the concept of free trade reinforces inequalities and injustices that seem to have their roots in the transatlantic slave trade.

Installation view of Chris Ofili, The Caged Bird's Song, 2014–2017. Wool, cotton and viscose. Triptych, left and right panels each 280 x 184 cm; centre panel 280 x 372 cm. © Chris Ofili. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London, The Clothworkers’ Company and Dovecot Tapestry Studio, Edinburgh. Photography: Gautier Deblonde
Friday Dispatch 28 Apr 2017 By Christine Takengny

Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic at the National Gallery

The tapestry took five craftsmen and women three years of weaving, using over 250 colours to replicate Ofili’s watercolour sketch on a x800 scale

Guy Moreton, KS02, The Wilderness, Langdale, 2012. Museum framed C-print, 78 x 102 cm. Courtesy: the artist
Recent Acquisitions 26 Apr 2017 By Christine Takengny

Two large-scale photographic works by Guy Moreton acquired for Tullie House Museum, Carlisle

The large-scale photographic works explore the Lake District landscapes that shaped German artist Kurt Schwitter’s final artistic practice, his fourth ‘Merzbau’.

Martine Syms, still from Notes on Gesture, 2015
Artist to Watch 30 Mar 2017 By Christine Takengny

Martine Syms

Her appropriation of found footage, combined with a sophisticated take on 21st century social media communication, give her a very distinct voice, full of humour and energy.

Lubaina Himid, A Fashionable Marriage, 1986. Courtesy artist & Hollybush Gardens. Photo Matthew Birchall & Tao Lashley-Burnley
Friday Dispatch 17 Mar 2017 By Christine Takengny

The Place is Here at Nottingham Contemporary

The question arises why it has taken almost 30 years to gain the visibility that black artists were already fighting for in the 1980s.

Bouchra Khalili, The Mapping Journey Project, 2008-2011. Installation view, 'Here and Elsewhere', New Museum. Courtesy New Museum, New York. Photos Benoit Pailley
Friday Dispatch 10 Feb 2017 By Christine Takengny

Bouchra Khalili at Lisson Gallery, London

Her presentation of ‘counter-geography’, and the power of oral history, can be understood as a means of reclaiming history and space from the perspective of subjects that are situated at the margins of the global order.

Christiana Soulou, In the Prison with the Birds, 1982. Coloured pencil on paper, 18 x 25 cm. Copyright the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
Friday Dispatch 2 Dec 2016 By Christine Takengny

Christiana Soulou, ‘Sonnet to the Nile’ at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany

Soulou’s meticulous drawings manage to captivate the viewer with their intensity and precision of line. Within a contemporary art context, they are a rarity.

Installation view of Lothar Götz, Pas de Trois at DOMOBAAL. Photography Andy Keate, courtesy domobaal
Friday Dispatch 28 Oct 2016 By Christine Takengny

Lothar Götz conjures up the theatre in his new show at DOMOBAAL

‘Pas de Trois’ pays tribute to modernist artist Oskar Schlemmer’s iconic dance choreography ‘Triadic Ballet’, which was first performed in Stuttgart in 1922

Pescadora Island. Production shot of The Colony, Dinh Q. Lê,2016. Commissioned by Artangel, Ikon, Birmingham, Han Nefkens H+F Collectionand Proyecto Amil, Lima.Photo courtesy Dinh Q. Lê
Friday Dispatch 30 Sep 2016 By Christine Takengny

The Colony by Dinh Q. Lê, an Artangel Commission

Contrasting the sublime natural landscape with the seemingly everlasting human world of greed and desire makes The Colony a powerfully unsettling and captivating short story about colonialism and its legacy

Courtesy Kate MacGarry Gallery
Artist to Watch 25 Aug 2016 By Christine Takengny

Samson Kambalu

Influenced by Situationism, silent film, and by spiritual rituals practiced in South-East Africa, London based artist Samson Kambalu embraces the subversive potential of non-productive time, the gift economy and the notion of playing.

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