Influential Exhibitions and Artists.
'More Sweetly Play The Dance'
This exhibition was made up of monumental ink-on-paper paintings, sculptures, drawings and two immersive multiscreen film installations. The main piece 'More Sweetly Play the Dance' was a combination of drawing, shadow play, ballet, street theatre, music and film, it featured a procession of people, largely in shadow, travelling clockwise from screen to screen against a barren, scarred and ruined landscape.
'And the sea will talk to you'
"I have learned to swim on dry land. It turns out to be better than doing it in water. There is no fear of sinking because you are already at the bottom, and by the same logic, you are already drowned beforehand."
A film geared towards the political conditions in Cuba and the population's means of coping with them. The ordeal of emigration and the importance of storytelling.
Ai Wei Wei
@ The Royal Academy of Arts
With typical boldness, the chosen works explore a multitude of challenging themes, drawing on his own experience to comment on creative freedom, censorship and human rights, as well as examining contemporary Chinese art and society.
A campaign for free speech and human rights, his sculptures deepen the connections of his work with chinese traditions.
Bringing the domestic into the public sphere, without directly representing specific events, the installation is forcefully and compellingly suggestive of personal narratives.
The Apartment 8
A group exhibition
Teresa Witz investigates patterns of behaviour by means of women's handbag contents.
Paolo Fiorentini's biro drawings depict incomplete portraits of individuals in an effort to rebuild a hypothetical long lost family genealogy.
Austin Cole's moulded books fasten family photos, text and poems in cement paste reflecting the transitional quality of memories and mortality.
Lynn Carter's small scale oil paintings depict how the East London urban landscape is changing.
Paul Tecklenberg's exploration of public and private, inside and outside.
Ernesto Torres’s sculptures/installations reflect on the consequences of migration and the idea of belonging to more than one culture.
Tisna Westerhof work is a juxtaposition between her Dutch back ground through the prism of Delft Blue fused with the media news stream.
@ The Tate Modern
A comprehensive exploration into 35 years of Hatoum's work in Britain, from her early performance and video works to her sculpture and large-scale installations.
Her practice has derived from her background her own perspective of exile, a condition of displacement and conditioned by loss.
Her work is deeply rooted in the complexity of contemporary culture.
Known for capturing the everyday suburban life in his home town of Memphis, Tennessee, this exhibition captures real moments, real emotions and quirky character. William Eggleston states; "Nothing is more interesting than what's around us."