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Stewart Uoo brings cult event It’s Get Better to London for a night of POC, queer, feminist + radical perspectives at ICA, Sep 15

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Stewart Uoo is presenting the It’s Get Better V night of performance, screenings and a dance party at London’s ICA on September 15.

As the first London iteration of the cult event, the New York-based artist brings together musicians, artists, performers, and poets; “friends, collaborators and heroines,” alongside a programme of film and video works that extend across the ICA building from sunset to sunrise (8pm to 5pm).

Organised around “perspectives from persons of colour and investments in queer, feminist and radical content,” artists taking part in performances include Embaci & DasychiraJuliana Huxtable, Manara, Nkisi, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Raul De Nieves among others, as well as screenings of work by Janiva Ellis, Casey Jane Ellison, Joyce NG & KleinTrevor Shimizu, Ryan Trecartin, Evelyn Taocheng WangMorag Keil and more.

There will also be an installation by Natasha Lall.

See the ICA website for details.**

Nkisi (2015). Performance view. Photo by George Howard. Courtesy Bold Tendencies, London.
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Joy in utopian cruising while eliding the forces of consumption + commodification in Prick up your Ears at Karma LA

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The Prick up your Ears group exhibition at Los Angeles’ Karma International, opened August 5 and ran to September 9, 2017.

Drake Carr, ‘Untitled (Head)’ (2017). Courtesy the artist + Karma International, Los Angeles.

Curated by Taylor Trabulus, the show featured work by 17 artists and collectives, including Ser Serpas, Stewart Uoo, Janiva Ellis, Kayla Guthrie, DeSe Escobar, Quintessa Matranga, Reba Maybury, Raul de Nieves and more. The press release is a text written by Esra Padgett ruminating on the commodification of subculture and fashionable irony: “I’ve discovered that I look better in cheap clothes…” 

Quoting queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz and revolutionary philosopher Frantz Fanon, the piece goes on to identify radical hope in the ‘now-ness’ of the artists and artworks on display, with their origins in a consumable function, while still echoing the sentiment of Fanon’s words, “the prognosis is in the hands of those who are willing to get rid of the worm-eaten roots of the structure.”

Other contributors include Marcelline Mandeng & Aurel Haize Odogbo, Rottingdean Bazaar, Will Sheldon, Linda Stark, Women’s History Museum, Club Glam, Cinzia Ruggeri and Drake Carr.** 


The Prick up your Ears group exhibition was on at Karma LA, running August 5 to September 9, 2017.

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