2013 EXHIBITIONS 

 


Tailings from the Gold City // CITY AS INEQUALITY

Jason Larkin

Brushfield 5

Gold mining and its by-product the mine dump have drastically altered the topography, economy and ecology of Johannesburg as it developed from a simple mining camp into the largest economy in Africa. Incongruous, and until recently forgotten, these spaces are a direct historical link to the city’s growth and wealth. Over the decades, life on and around these dormant and toxic remains has developed. This ongoing project explores these dumps as an integrated extension of the thriving metropolis that surrounds them.

 

Artist Taxi Driver Films // CITY AS INEQUALITY

Mark McGowan

Brushfield 7

All 1400+ works of Artist Taxi Driver (Mark McGowan) will be shown on a loop in a dedicated cinema. Mark's films, an average of 8 minutes each confront  the cultures of elitism, corruption of British and multi-national institutions/corporations and post-critical artists and galleries. Please note there is sometimes swearing in his art works.

 

The Secret Security Guard // LEGALITIES OF SPACE

Henrietta Williams

Leila Khalid Galleries

This installation reveals images of people dressed in G4S uniforms playing at being security guards – a moment in time when hyper-security became normal for London, from which there may be no return. Artist Henrietta Williams worked as a security guard for the duration of the Games at Stratford. Alongside fulfilling her duties for G4S she also worked as an undercover reporter for the Guardian writing a column called ‘The Secret Security Guard’ 

 

Archive for Change // URBAN INDUSTRY

Taryn Edmonds , Laura Maragoudaki, Julie Ballands 

Cafe 

Archive for Change is primarily a critical collection of new and archive films charting the story of urban change in the West End of Newcastle through the stories of those who have experienced the numerous planning and regeneration schemes implemented in the area over the last century. Stories of post-industrial decline, grassroots activism, privatisation & unemployment during the Thatcher years, and questions around the re-appropriation of community action under the rhetoric of the ‘Big Society’.

 

No Way Out // INSURRECTIONS, RIOTS AND REVOLUTIONS

Rosario Montero

Cafe

A photographic study of urban landscapes from several cities in Britain where riots took place in 2011. Blind windows, traces of past reconstructions, the brick as a symbol and also a sign of difference in social condition, the building as a mirror of the people that reside in it. The images reveal not only marks of history but also a form of constructed landscape of the world that we are living in.

Extradite me I’m British // LEGALITIES OF SPACE

Arts against Extraditions

Laila Khalid Galleries

Postcards submitted by artists in response to the theme "Extradite Me, I'm British". 2012, the year of the Jubilee and national pride in the Olympics was also a year of extraditions. Parliament allows British citizens to be extradited to the USA without having been charged with a crime. Arts Against Extraditions staged a series of flash mob events and produced a t-shirt with the ironic slogan "Extradite Me, I'm British” to highlight the disjunction between national pride and an ongoing erosion of civil liberties.

 

Beirutopia // URBAN INDUSTRY

Randa Mirza

Laila Khalid Galleries

Since the end of the Lebanese civil war in 1990, Beirut has been striving, to regain its glamour and splendor through the efforts of reconstruction, in the aim of reconstituting the old myth of a city commonly referred to as the Paris or Switzerland of the Middle East. This photography project is a portrait of Beirut’s urban future. It aims to raise questions about the devenir, or the becoming, of Beirut and its associated representations, characteristics and how they culminate to become the future essence of the city.

 


One Morning In May // FINANCIAL DISTRICTS

Noëmi Lakmaier,  Hydar Dewachi

Leila Khalid Galleries

On the 28th of May 2012 Noëmi Lakmaier set out from Toynbee Studios in Tower Hamlets towards the City of London, hoping to reach one one of London's most iconic buildings the 'Gherkin'. This normally easy 1 mile stroll was a slow and exhausting test of endurance, as she did it on her hands and knees. Smartly dressed in business attire she crawled through the everyday street life of London, her clothes getting increasingly dirty and torn. After 7 hours she crossed the border from the Borough of Tower Hamlets to the City of London. 

 

Olympic Dreams // POST OLYMPICS

Simon Ball, Audio Zai Tang

Leila Khalid Galleries

Consisting of over 7500 individually photographed still frames, Olympic Dreams questions the nature of the dominant line surrounding London's Olympic Park. This line has come to represent a border between the Olympic elite and local residents, who are pushed away from a movement that claims to embody inclusion and community. The film questions these values by revealing the imposing nature of the fence alongside images that constitute the Olympic edge-lands, taking the viewer into a space that is free from the utilitarian connotations of the fence.