What’s on? AQNB’s weekly list of events + openings around London, Feb 27 – Mar 5

27 February 2018

Every week we trawl through our emails so you don’t have to. Special shout out goes to Leicester’s Two Queens who will open their new show on 3 March with artist Claire Davies, The Valley of Lost Things alongside Liam Proudman in the project space



Going Turkish in Bethnal Green: UK premiere of Benim Varoş Hikayem’s My Suburban Story  @ The Hamlet’s Pop-Up Cinema in Oxford House on 27 Feb

Service No 5,  a series of performances by Adam Linder at South London Gallery at selected dates from 28 Feb to 11 Mar

The Future is a Collective Project with Suzanne Treister at SPACE on 28 Feb

Novara IRL: MeToo, Now What? at CLF Art Cafe, Bussey Building on 28 Feb

VAT Notice 702: Works of Art with Frederique Pisuisse at changing room on 2 Mar

A Farewell to Progress talk with Rose-Anne Gush, Dorine van Meel, Naomi Tattum and Wail Qasim at South London Gallery on 2 Mar

Rye Wax presents DJ Haram (Discwoman) on 2 Mar

Cuntemporary presents, New Systems: queer and feminist curatorial practice roundtable at the Royal Academy of Arts on 3 Mar

PS/Y Projects: Fiona James and Jessica Wiesner, You Are That Technicality at Flat Time House on 3 Mar

No Symbols #11 w/ LG vs Covco, TSVI vs Wallwork, Beneath and Chloe Frieda at Ormside Projects on 3 Mar

Tenderpixel present, 3049 Clubnight with Scratcha DVA, Logos, Cõvco, patten and Moonbow (SIREN DJs) at Five Miles on 4 Mar



Rob Chavasse, The gallerist at The Sunday Painter, opening 1 Mar and running to 29 Mar

Sophia al-maria, ilysm at Project Native Informant, opening on 1 Mar and running to 21 Apr

Gaby Sahhar and Rosie Grace Ward, Totally Different Animals at Arcadia Missa. opening 2 Mar and running to 29 Mar

Ian Cheng and Sondra Perry at Serpentine Galleries, opening 5 Mar and running to 3 Jun. 


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What’s on? AQNB’s weekly list of events + openings around London: Feb 14 – Feb 20

15 February 2018

Reflection, refraction + self-examination for Gian Manik’s Internal Audit at Melbourne’s The Honeymoon Suite, Feb 10 – Mar 17

9 February 2018

Gian Manik is presenting solo exhibition Internal Audit at Melbourne’s The Honeymoon Suite, opening February 10 and running to March 17.

The Melbourne-based artist’s paintings and fabric compositions consider the passage of time as a “way to progress that is not necessarily pre-determined; instead the direction to take is gradually revealed along the way.” A wall-length piece, produced in collaboration with students from Hedlands Senior High School in the Pilbara region of Western Australia early last year, responds to the landscape in a work that is described as “between a contemporary painting and a cumulative palimpsest.”

Manik has in the past been preoccupied with creating liminal space that skews a singular reference point and creates unpredictable compositions distorting perception, while seeming to “oscillate between reality and abstraction.” With Internal Audit, he moves toward “positive and negative space, posterity and erasure, and excess and restraint.”

See The Honeymoon Suite website for details.**

Gian Manik, ‘Untitled’ (2017-2018). Detail. Courtesy FORM, Perth + The Honeymoon Suite, Melbourne.
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home school Field Day connects art + education for an afternoon at MoMA PS1’s Sunday Sessions, Feb 4

3 February 2018

The home school Field Day programme is on at New York’s MoMA PS1 on February 4. 

The pop-up art school, facilitated by Victoria Anne Reis and manuel arturo abreu, based in Portland, Oregon, will present a multimedia curriculum of talks, exhibitions, poetry, physical education, and more, in order to create “welcoming contexts for critical engagement with contemporary art.” Applying the concept of a school field trip to the programme, the event references the MoMA PS1 building’s history as a neighborhood public school, offering opportunities “to question and reimagine the methods, purposes, and dynamics that connect art and education.”

The day, running from 2pm to 6pm, will include a radio show broadcast by Diamond Stingily via Know Wave, a screening of audiovisual work created by and for the African diaspora, an artist talk by The Black School, as well as performances by RAFiA, Abdu Ali, and Fuck U Pay Us, among other things. 

See the MoMA PS1 website for details.**

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Rewriting reality for an alternate tomorrow at Décalé’s first event of sound + visual performances at DIY Space, Feb 2

1 February 2018

Décalé presents their first event Décalé  #1 at London’s DIY Space on February 2.

Organised by Chooc Ly Tan and A—Z (Anne Duffau), Décalé is a new platform that puts on evenings of “experimental, collapsing and flawless sounds/visuals” and means: ‘Being displaced in space and time.’

The first night will feature performances by Chooc Ly, Sami BahaTERRIBILIS, XANA, ALPHA, and videos by Zinzi Minott and Victoria Sin with a collective aim to “re-write reality for an alternate tomorrow.”

Visit the FB event page for details.**

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The various, the contradiction + the interpretation in on my island none of this would be true group show at Arebyte, Feb 1 – Mar 17

29 January 2018

The on my island none of this would be true at London’s Arebyte opens February 1 and is running to March 17.

Curated by Chris Rawcliffe, the featured artists include Naama Arad, Guy Ben-Ner, Verity Birt in collaboration with Holly Graham and Richard-Forbes Hamilton, Edgar–Walker, Gery Georgieva, Joan Jonas, Terence McCormack, Hannah Regel and Mike Seaborne.

The first show of Arebyte’s 2018 programme, which will focus on the theme of ‘Islands’ through a number of shows and residencies, presents a multimedia installation explores “the various interpretations and contradictions that islands summon in our minds” from freedom, holidays and Brexit to forge empires and forgotten lands.**

Visit the Arebyte website for details.**



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manuel arturo abreu meditates on opacity, limb + recirculation with Transit at Open Signal, Jan 30 – Feb 26

29 January 2018

manuel arturo abreu presents solo exhibition Transit at Portland’s Open Signal opening January 30 and running to February 26.

The exhibition follows abreu’s time spent as New Media Fellow during the fall of 2017, and includes four new video works, sound, sculpture as well as a publication “meditating on opacity, limbo, and recirculation.”

Using the process of what the artist describes as ‘upcycling’ (repurposing previous work), abreu will piece together and pick apart “the tension between commercialism and community inherent to a digital practice today.”**

Visit the Open Signal website for details.**

Courtesy manuel arturo abreu + Open Signal, Portland
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Topical Cream presents an afternoon of performance, readings + installations with Anti Bodies at MoMa PS1, Jan 28

25 January 2018

Topical Cream presents Anti Bodies at New York’s MoMa PS1 on January 28.

The afternoon will be host to a series of performance, readings and installations that feature a number of artists who’s work explores “how gestures of resistance can be choreographed through performance and communal action.” 

There will be performance by Analisa Teachworth and Jonas Wendelin, Redeem Pettaway will present video screenings, a contribution from Julia Scher and live music from Zsela and Deli Girls. Happening alongside is an additional program of performance and installation in the museum including work by Sara HornbacherSarah ZapataMaya Martinez, Rin Johnson, Sophia Le Fraga and others.

Topical Cream (Lyndsy Welgos, Whitney Mallett, and Ara Anjargolian) is “a platform for female-identifying and gender non-conforming persons working at the intersection of contemporary art and technology.”

Visit the MoMa Ps1 website for details.**


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Julian-Jakob Kneer presents Jugend ist Trunkenheit ohne Wein with others + a New Noveta performance at Bikini Space, Jan 26

25 January 2018

Julian-Jakob Kneer presents exhibition Jugend ist Trunkenheit ohne Wein at Basel’s Bikini Space opening January 26 and running to February 10. 

There will be a New Noveta performance on the opening night, and the show will include work by over 20 artists including Bora Akinciturk, Kamilla Bischof and Laura Welker, Adam Cruces and Louisa GagliardiYves SchererAmalia Ulman and Marie Lea Lund among others.

Kneer is a Berlin-based artist who recently had a solo show Room E-10 27 at Berlin’s Center and took part in gruppe residency with Nina Kettiger.

Visit the Bikini Space FB page for details.**

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“A precarious force somewhere between marked resilience and physical decline.” Jesse Darling’s Support Level at Chapter NY, Jan 26 – Mar 11

25 January 2018

Jesse Darling presents solo exhibition Support Level at New York’s Chapter NY opening January 26 and running to March 11.

Showing new paintings and sculptures, the works will draw from ‘the clinical as a structural and social form of abjection.” Mobility aids, hygiene curtains, health posters and chairs to name a few embody a form of uncertainty and vulnerability that sit as a “precarious force somewhere between marked resilience and physical decline.”

Visit the Chapter NY website for details.**

Jesse Darling, ‘Armes Blanches’ (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Sultana, Paris.
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Myriam Ben Salah curates The Pain Of Others at Ghebaly Gallery, Jan 26 – Mar 3

25 January 2018

The The Pain Of Others group exhibition at Los Angeles’ Ghebaly Gallery opens January 26 and is running to March 3.

Curated by Myriam Ben Salah, the show includes work by Julien Ceccaldi, Aria Dean, Dan Finsel, Dan Herschlein, Elizabeth Jaeger, Arthur Jafa, Dala Nasser, Lydia Ourahmane, Diamond Stingily and Andra Ursuta.

Salah is a Paris-based curator and writer who has worked with the cultural programming at the Paris’ Palais de Tokyo from 2009 and recent exhibitions include I Heard You Laughing at Kunsthall Stavanger, and We Dance, We Smoke, We Kiss at Flax Foundation LA.

Visit the Ghebaly Gallery website for details.**

Lydia Ourahmane, HARAGA – ‘The Burning’ (2014) Wireless video transmission. Courtesy the artist + Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles.
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“Where does the black screen reside?” American Artist explores form-(less)-ness in Black Gooey Universe at HOUSING, Jan 26 – Feb 16

24 January 2018

American Artist presents solo exhibition Black Gooey Universe at New York’s HOUSING opening January 26 and running to February 16. 

Working across video, writing, installation and other new media, the interdisciplinary artist explores “dialectics formalized in Black radicalism and organized labor into a context of networked virtual life” and seeks to reveal dynamics at play and embedded in technology and contemporary culture.

Also a co-founder of the arts and politics publication UNBAG, American Artist first wrote a text for Issue 2: End titled ‘Black gooey Universe’ which seeks what that might be, perhaps “a planar body that longs for the solitude and vastness of the command-line, yet nuanced and sharp, to usurp and destroy a contemporary hegemonic interface.” Exploring form(less)-ness, they ask, “where does the black screen reside? “

Visit the HOUSING website for details.**

Screenshot. Courtesy Unbag + American Artist
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Encased in scent: Rachal Bradley’s solo show Interlocutor explores the negative ion generator at Gasworks, Jan 24 – Mar 18

24 January 2018

Rachal Bradley presents solo exhibition Interlocutor at London’s Gasworks opening January 24 and running to March 18.

The show is a new commission produced by Gasworks which grew out of the Nottingham-based artists’ time at the Freelands Artist Programme residency (Jul 3- Sep 18, 2017) and developed with Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart. The space will be transformed into a “negative ion generator” where Bradley will “encase the gallery floor in natural resin infused with a bespoke herbal tonic.”

Other works include interviews with the Gasworks staff and members, an oversized washing machine made into a projection booth with resin where a new video will be shown as well as a number of “purpose-engineered, vacuum-formed units” along the exterior walls of the gallery. 

There will be two accompanying events: an ointment preparation workshops led by Bradley’s sister on February 3 and a public reading of a new piece of writing by the artist on March 3.


Visit the Gasworks website for details.**

Rachal Bradley, ‘Of Sex’ (2016) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + Galerie Gregor Staiger at Frieze, London. Photo: Andy Keate.


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Sanctuary for Families benefit group exhibition Eye to eye at Arsenal Contemporary, Jan 25 – Feb 25

23 January 2018

The Eye to eye group exhibition at New York’s Arsenal Contemporary opens January 25 and is running to February 25.

The benefit exhibition “strives to empower survivors of gender violence” in support of Sanctuary for Families. The large scale project brings together 40 artists including Nina BeierMeriem Bennani, Hannah Black, Cristine BracheVaginal DavisFin SimonettiChloe WiseHannah Perry, Laure Prouvost and Carol Rama among many others.

Sanctuary for Families is a New York-based charity and organisation working for those affected by gender and domestic violence, sex trafficking and more, providing safety and stability to those in need through clinical serves, shelter and programmes.

Visit the Arsenal Contemporary website for details.**

Cristine Brache, ‘Safe Words’ (2017). Installation view. Courtesy the artist + MX Gallery, New York.


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Anahita Razmi’s performative lecture Research Network: New Eastenders – The Prequel at Iniva, Jan 25

23 January 2018

Anahita Razmi will present performative lecture Research Network: New Eastenders – The Prequel at London’s Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) on January 25. 

In reference to the British soap opera Eastenders, the lecture will “shift its storyboard for an ‘East and its End’.” The Berlin-based artist looks at stereotypes, pop culture and consumerism to explore the concept of the ‘East’ and the ‘Orient, asking “how do identities and bodies transform from one place to the other?”

Using the concept of “non-linear and non-original,” the lecture acts as a prequel to “something not already scripted or broadcast.” Dr. Anamik Saha who teaches on the Goldsmiths’ MA Race, Media and Social Justice course will hold a discussion following the performance.

Visit the Iniva website for details.**

Anahita Razmi , ‘An Artist Who Cannot Speak Farsi Is No Artist’ (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist.


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Nomadic subjectivity + futurity in the post-immigrant labor of Beatriz Cortez + Rafa Esparza Pasado mañana at Commonwealth and Council, Jan 20 – Mar 3

19 January 2018

Beatriz Cortez and Rafa Esparza present Pasado mañana at Los Angeles’ Commonwealth and Council, opening January 20 and running to March 3.

The title is Spanish for ‘the day after tomorrow’ and the new works in the show will “posit immigrant labor as a foundation for building a future,” where gender, class, culture and race are re-imagined. 

The pair have previously collaborated two other times this year, at UCR ARTSblock and Ballroom Marfa, both also exploring the nomadic subjectivity and futurity.

Visit the Commonwealth and Council  website for details.**

Beatriz Cortez and Rafa Esparza, ‘Nomad 13’
(2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artists + UCR ARTSblock, Riverside.
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Collective bodies yet to be shaped in District 17 group show at Berlin’s Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Jan 20 – Feb 23

18 January 2018

The District 17 group exhibition is on at Berlin’s Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, opening January 20 and running to February 23.

Curated by Gabriela Acha, Sarah Johanna Theurer and Catherine Wang, the show includes work by Jesse Darling, Mia Goyette, Lito Kattou, Shaun Motsi, Johannes Paul Raether, Jenna Sutela and Bruno Zhu. The works create a dialogue in which a “scenario of encounters for collective bodies [are] yet to be shaped.”

There will be a performance by Kattou on the opening night (and an after party at Kudamm Karree), a performance by Raether on February 10 and readings by Darling and Sutela on February 23.

Visit the Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler website for details.**

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The intellectually rigorous + sardonically funny work of Chris Kraus to feature in the ‘Cruelty and Crime’ screening at ICA, Jan 18

17 January 2018

London Short Film Festival in association with MUBI presents screening of Chris Kraus: Cruelty and Crime at London’s ICA on January 18. 

The screening will feature eight short films and one feature made by the writer between 1982 and 1995, which move between genres, fusing cinematic styles of documentary, fiction and essay film, as well as performance art to create “a body of work that is as intellectually rigorous as it is sardonically funny.”

The event will be followed by a discussion with Afterall writer and editor David Morris, filmmaker Ruth Novakzec and writer Joanna Walsh.

Visit the ICA website for details.**

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Being happy as a political act in the next Progress Bar with the radical equality of Klein, Crystallmess, Larry B + more, Jan 20

17 January 2018

Progress Bar and Sonic Acts present their next event night taking place at Amsterdam’s Paradiso Noord on January 20.

The evening will feature Klein, Crystallmess, James Massiah, Larry B and others, including dodomundo, Clubcouture and Sarra Wild with more to be announced.

Progress Bar are an expanding network of artists and activists who aim to “represent radical equality, communality and hopefulness” and run events that promote ‘being happy’ as a political and radical act.

Visit the FB event page for details.**

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