January 10, 2013 § Leave a comment
Preview: Thursday, 31 January 2013 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm
On view: Friday, 1 February 2013 – Saturday, 23 March 2013
Tiwani Contemporary is pleased to present As Seen, Barbara Walker’s first major solo show in London. This exhibition will present new large-scale drawings as well as existing work depicting ‘unidentifiable’ males. Executed with charcoal and graphite, these portraits raise questions about societal constructs and examine how identity has come to be understood as an accumulation of images and cultural representations. As Seen captures nuances of Walker’s practice in the way she selects, interrogates and scrutinizes anonymous male identities in her native city of Birmingham and as well as abroad. Walker’s work is largely informed by her observations of life in urban landscapes and her commitment to giving voice to the anonymous young men she observes, as seen in Dinkies, 2012, – a Soweto born visual artist that Walker met in 2008 whilst on residency at leading visual arts organisation The Bag Factory, in Johannesburg.
Walker’s portraits indirectly reference writer Malcolm Bernard’s book Fashion as Communication, in which he asserts that “fashion and clothing are ways in which inequalities of social and economic status are made to appear right and legitimate and therefore acceptable.” Using clothing and hairstyles of black males as her starting point, this ongoing body of work allows the viewer to consider alternate spheres in which identities are formed.
Her work is also of a personal nature and shaped by her own experiences with raising her son Solomon. As Seen also includes works from the series titled Louder Than Words. The artwork My Song, 2006 is inspired by the stop and search procedures experienced by her son by the West Midlands Police.
Working primarily in drawing and painting, Barbara Walker’s practice touches on class and themes of representation, power and belonging; exploring how social and political realities manifest through cultural praxis and underpin the contemporary society around us.
Tiwani Contemporary cordially invites you to join them at the opening on:
31 January from 7:00pm-9:00pm
16 Little Portland Street | W1W 8BP
T: +44(0) 207 631 3808 | Directions (Oxford Circus tube)
As Seen will run from 1 February – 23 March 2013 at Tiwani Contemporary.