UNTITLED: art on the conditions of our time
Opening at Kettle's Yard
Saturday 6 February - Monday 5 April 2021
UNTITLED: art on the conditions of our time is a touring exhibition produced by New Art Exchange, curated in collaboration with NAE by Paul Goodwin and Hansi Momodu-Gordon. Presenting a survey of contemporary practice by a selection of Britain's African- Diaspora artists the project brings together over 20 artworks by: Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Barby Asante, Appau Junior Boakye-Yiadom, Phoebe Boswell, Kimathi Donkor, Evan Ifekoya, Cedar Lewisohn, Harold Offeh, Ima-Abasi Okon, NT and Barbara Walker.
As the open ended nature of the title suggests, the show resists the typical method of 'framing' artworks through a particular lens or theme. Instead the exhibition locates the artistic production at the centre of the project to create a stimulating space where artworks can be openly experienced, and where the interplay between practices can be observed. In turn, this collective mass of artists and ideas creates a snapshot of our contemporary moment.
The exhibition invites visitors to view these works as creative proposals for coming to terms with some of the key questions and concerns of our present cultural condition. This includes reflections on technology and human identities, the relevance of history and memory to contemporary life, the legacy of colonialism, the fluidity of gender identities and the transnational migrant crisis. UNTITLED doesn't present fixed answers to these crucial questions, but encourages viewers to contemplate, wrestle with and draw their own conclusions.
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.
About NAE's Strategic Touring Exhibitions
UNTITLED is a Partnership project funded through Strategic Touring funds from Arts Council England. NAE is the lead partner and project manager for the exhibition and its associated tour and audience development programme.
The core contents of the exhibition tours to three venues (in England) and the project also presents a unique opportunity to commission a new participatory work, or audience development project, at each partner venue in response to their local context. This element is designed to provide a rich audience development opportunity and can potentially ensure an element of the show will be fresh and different at each venue. This emphasis on audience development with hard-to-reach audiences continues through the project with opportunities for events and programming at each partner venue.
To find out more about the exhibition and NAE's Strategic Touring partnership model please contact firstname.lastname@example.org