I am delighted that after a year of curatorial work, the inaugural exhibition What We Thought We Knew curated by An-X is up at Koppel Project Station in Hampstead, London.
There, I present a new series called Nobodies.
This social status is important to me as I think we are all -outside of our networks, connections and relationships – nobodies. It is a kind of a leveller but yet, this term depicts a lower kind of status. It has a pejorative connotation, describes a person with little agency, a person that has little choice in life. I am trying to find an expressive and emotive form to the feelings of being a ‘nobody.’ I am trying to find it a humanity.
An-X is an experimental platform engaging in critical discussion, networking and exhibiting. An-X creates opportunities for the wider group of 75 artists (all current and former CSM students from the Master courses of Fine Art, Photography, Art & Science and Digital Art) to develop their practices, including providing a communal space to engage with a wider public.
What We Thought We Knew questions the foundations of belief and the formation of knowledge systems, examining their impact on both individuals and society. It interrogates the perspectives through which we view the world, raising questions across three themes: Cosmic Gardens mixes symbols of ancient myths and contemporary beliefs; Day For Night challenges our perception of reality and time, examining the process of image-making through documents of the past; and Social Construction digs into social constructs to raise the voices of the marginalised.
The paintings, prints, sculptures, videos, photographs and site-specific installation in this
exhibition are presented in the unique context of a decommissioned grade II listed Police
Station, where the cells, fingerprint room and reception areas further enhance the themes.
This setting reveals artists reconstructing nature, artists manipulating marks to show facets of identity, artists feeling the darkness of alienation while others search for the light.
Francesco Felletti – Charles Nyiha – Chris. Dugrenier
Gabriela Schutz – Nina Gonzalez-Park – Rabiya Nagi
Featuring the works of:
Alberte Thorning Agerskov – Charles Nyiha – Chris. Dugrenier – Gabriela Schutz
Heiyi Tam – Indra Moroder – Katy Sayers Green – Mahija Mandalika –
Nina Gonzalez-Park – Parks Sadler – Rabiya Nagi – Sarah-Jane Field – Sophie Bryer – Xinyu
Liu – Yu Shao Lo