Martine Syms + Guan Xiao @ ICA, Apr 19 – June 19

, 18 April 2016

There are two solo shows coming up at London’s ICA, Flattened Metal in association with K11 Art Foundation by Guan Xiao and Fact & Trouble by Martine Syms, opening April 19 and running to June 19.

Both exhibitions explore identity construction and how it is seen and understood.

Beijing-based Xiao has made a new installation comprising of six large printed screens that also feature speakers playing audio and will weave together “primitive and high tech elements” of found clips online with references to the past.

Syms’ Fact & Trouble is an exhibition that examines the space between lived experience and its representation. On show will be the LA-based artist’s ongoing “long incomplete poem”, ‘Lessons’, a group of 30-second videos which deal with ideas of inheritance, signifiers, articulation and tradition.

Syms will also present ‘Misdirected Kiss’, a performative lecture that tells a story about language, movement, and performance as observed in black female entertainers on April 22. On May 5 artist Evan Ifekoya —who featured in aqnb x Video in Common editorial video ‘Visible Edges‘ —will give a performative tour of Fact & Trouble. Ifekoya works with intimate forms of knowledge production and the possibilities of an erotic and poetic occupation using film and writing.

See the FB event page for links of both shows and the surrounding events.**

Martine Syms + Kahlil Joseph. ‘Memory Palace’ (2014). Video still. Courtesy of the artists.