— Selection by Giulia Ponzano
Exploring the ideas of identity, experience and inequality, artists experiment with different form of communication and expose the fragility and failures that often constitute our reality.
INTEGRATION ALONE IS NOT ENOUGH, Selected Works Of British Concrete Poetry 1960 – 1980
Richard Saltoun Gallery
3 Feb – 24 Mar 2017
This group exhibition, part one in a two-part series curated by Andrew Hunt and including artists as Henri Chopin, Bob Cobbing and Kenelm Cox, explores the possibilities of letters, words and text and the relationship between these constructions and our surrounding spaces and sounds. Rarely seen works, celebrating a fusion of poetry and painting, literature, typography and Eastern phenomenology, that relate to what Rosalind Krauss described as the ‘post-medium condition’.
Jamie Crewe — ‘Female Executioner’
26 Jan – 26 Mar 2017
The exhibition, embracing video, sculpture, print, and text-based works, focuses on French writer Rachilde’s Monsieur Venus ‘A Materialist Novel’ and investigates the positive and negative, radical and moralising aspects of Monsieur Venus in relation to the artist’s own personal history and experience of transness. The main gallery space presents a 20-minute video piece ‘Adultress’ alongside 28 off-white soy wax tablets (28 refers to the days of the female cycle); the second gallery has been painted blue: Rachilde, indeed, talks in the novel about a hidden room which is the ‘blue of cloudless sky’, and Crewe made an echo of this, but painted it the most earthy and vegetal blue they could find. So it is a contrary, lowly, dirty version of Rachilde’s rich, high, clear blue room – but it’s still blue.
Anna Bunting-Branch, Imran Perretta, Ben Burgis & Ksenia Pedan — Jerwood Solo Presentations 2017
18 Jan – 26 Feb 2017
The second edition of ‘Jerwood Solo Presentations’, spanning animation, sculpture, film, installation and performance, showcases newly commissioned work of selected artists, all unfolding contemporary perspectives on socio-political issues; from the feminist language of Anna Bunting-Branch’s installation, to the storytelling and identity of Perretta’s work and to the sculptural installation and performance space of Burgis & Pedan. Everything relates to our contemporary experiences, needs and the widely-accepted yet absurd facets of our world today.
Tim Noble and Sue Webster — ‘Sticks with dicks and slits’
3 Feb – 25 Mar 2017
On this occasion the artists duo Tim Noble and Sue Webster present a new body of sculptural work, made of twisted bronze, an entirely new method for the artists. Large scale self-portraits, characterised by a child-like, aggressive aesthetic to critique contemporary narcissistic obsession and to reveal our vulnerability as humans. It’s about relationships as well, the struggles of coupling and uncoupling, how we try to deal with each other. Everything is pervaded by surreal black humour, rawness and truth – ready to bring us to a point of confusion, making us smile too.
Guerrilla Girls — ‘Is it even worst in Europe?’
1 Oct 2016 – 5 Mar 2017
This exhibition is a play on the Guerrilla Girls’ 1986 poster ‘It’s even worse in Europe’; the new commission for the Whitechapel Gallery, including new prints and research topics, critiques the invisibility of women in museums and cultural institutions. Before entering the gallery, we are greeted by a banner that says: “THE GUERRILLA GIRLS ASKED 383 MUSEUMS ABOUT DIVERSITY. ONLY 1/4 RESPONDED. COME INSIDE AND SEE WHY.” And inside we discover the answer to this inequality: a list of the 101 institutions that responded are displayed on one wall, while another wall is adorned with the completed questionnaires and posters. Works that, through the use of humour, try to create a dialogue and, at the same time, to inspire institutions to change, to evolve as society mutates.