June 6, 2017 § Leave a comment
Transcended: a new series of site-specific, large-scale ephemeral wall drawings depicting male and female soldiers from the Commonwealth in World War I. Connected to an ongoing series Shock & Awe, these works address the ritualistic aspects of war, rites of passage, the idea of rebirth and the social consequences of having fought for your country. The opportunity to be applauded, welcomed back, to be celebrated is negated in the case of black soldiers.
With the outbreak of the First World War, thousands of West Indians volunteered to join the British army on the basis that if they showed their loyalty to the king they would be treated as equals. However, in the beginning only white soldiers were allowed to fight, so the West Indians were relegated to carrying out arduous physical tasks, such as loading ammunition, laying electrical wires, digging trenches, and cleaning latrines for their white colleagues. Transcended provides the opportunity to re-dress the balance and celebrate the contribution of black soldiers to the two World Wars. The striking bold figurative drawings on the walls of the staircase celebrate the contribution of black soldiers to the World Wars, in particular that of soldiers from the British West Indian Regiment who died and were buried in graves in Taranto, Italy, following a mutiny that lasted four days in December 1918.
Currently exhibited at the Diaspora Pavilion during the 57th Venice Biennale.
Palazzo Pisani S Marina,
13 May – 26 November 2017
Larry Achiampong | Barby Asante | Sokari Douglas Camp | Libita Clayton | Kimathi Donkor | Michael Forbes | Ellen Gallagher | Nicola Green | Joy Gregory | Isaac Julien | Dave Lewis | Hew Locke | susan pui san lok | Paul Maheke | Khadija Saye | Yinka Shonibare MBE | Erika Tan | Barbara Walker | Abbas Zahedi.
Diaspora Pavilion is curated by David A Bailey and Jessica Taylor and presented by ICF (International Curators Forum) and University of the Arts London. Supported by Arts Council England’s International Showcasing Fund.
Photo by Izzy Castro
April 6, 2017 § Leave a comment
January 3, 2017 § Leave a comment
Launch Party: UNTITLED
13 January 2017, 6pm – 9pm
6pm: Launch event opens
Complimentary drink on arrival
The CaféBar will be open all night with sets from DJ Nwando Ebizie
7pm: Welcome Speeches
Skinder Hundal (NAE, CEO) and the exhibition curators Paul Goodwin and Hansi Momodu-Gordon
Exhibiting artists: Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Barby Asante, Appau Junior Boakye-Yiadom, Phoebe Boswell, Kimathi Donkor, Evan Ifekoya, Cedar Lewisohn, Harold Offeh, Ima-Abasi Okon, NT, Barbara Walker
Produced by New Art Exchange and curated in collaboration with NAE by Paul Goodwin and Hansi Momodu-Gordon, UNTITLED: art on the conditions of our time showcases a leading generation of contemporary African diaspora artists in the UK. The show adopts a progressive stance on exhibition-making to allow new ways of thinking about art by African diaspora artists to emerge. In a bold move, 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 socially engaged projects and the use of online gaming technology; to painting, drawing, performance, film, printmaking and bookbinding. The exhibition reveals the key concerns of artists working today, from shifting racial, sexual and gendered identities, to investigations of popular culture, social networks, history and conflict. UNTITLED features two brand new commissions by Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, and Barby Asante.
For more information about the exhibition, click here.
December 28, 2016 § Leave a comment
In January, I will be participating in forthcoming group exhibition, ‘Everything Exist Now’, at , Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, 8th January – 18 February 2017.
I will be exhibiting new works from the ongoing series ‘Shock and Awe’. The project critically explores the contribution of black servicemen and women to the British Armed Forces and war efforts from 1914 to the present day
Exhibition opens on the 7th January, 3 pm – 7pm
Dawit Abebe, Chris Agnew, Kristian Evju,
Marie Harnett, Caroline Jane Harris, Sook Jin Jo
Ali Kazim, Mohamed Lekleti, Sverre Malling,
Saad Qureshi, Celina Teague,Barbara Walker, Zhu Wei
Exotic detail in the margin ( 2016) graphite on embossed paper, 44 x 58 cm
Photo: Chris Keenan
NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art-No More “Poisonous, Disrespectful, and Skewed Images of Black People”: Barbara Walker’s Louder Than Words
December 20, 2016 § 3 Comments
I’m very excited to see my work in the recent issue of NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art – Black Portraiture(s). It was such a pleasure and privilege to work with the great academic and writer Celeste Marie Bernier.
November 12, 2016 § Leave a comment
Diaspora Platform brings together ten UK-based artists and ten mentors, all from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds and whose work engages with the topic of the diaspora, over the next 22 months. During the length of the project, these practitioners will take part in group forum, mentoring and masterclasses, and will showcase their work in the exhibition Diaspora Platform curated by ICF Director David A. Bailey at the Palazzo Pisani a Santa Marina in Venice from May 13th to November 26th 2017, after which it will be brought to the UK and exhibited locally. This initiative aims to create cross-generational connections and professional development through the practices of mentorship, networking and artistic and discourse production, with the aim of continuing this process in subsequent years around the world. Diaspora Platform is supported by Arts Council England’s International Showcasing Fund.
susan pui san lok
Sokari Douglas Camp
Beyond The Frame
Beyond the Frame is a 22-month long project tackling the under-representation of curators from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds at senior levels within the visual arts. The participants were selected as the result of an open call and will work closely with ICF Director David A. Bailey over the duration of the project, during which they will have the opportunity to take part in masterclasses and one-on-one mentoring sessions with the listed mentors, will discuss topics and issues in the field of curating together in group forum, will attend conferences that also address relevant topics in the field of curating, will travel to international institutions and events such as the Sharjah Biennial, the Venice Biennale and Prospect New Orleans, and will undertake projects in the UK in partnership with University of the Arts London, Iniva and New Art Exchange. Beyond the Frame is supported by Arts Council England Elevate Fund and will culminate with a public conference on diversity in the arts in the UK in which the experiences and results of this initiative will be discussed.
Annie Jael Kwan