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MAGDA STAWARSKA-BEAVAN : SPACES AND MOMENTS
Sep 24, 2020 - Jan 30, 2021
Through a process of listening to first-hand accounts of Polish Jewish women’s lives, days spent walking the streets of Lodz in her native Poland and hours of perusing through street plans, maps and architectural drawings in the archive, Magda Stawarska-Beavan has embarked upon a project which allows us to glimpse the traces of lives obliterated, songs unheard, clothes unmade and fabulous buildings replaced by busy parking lots and scruffy children’s parks. What have the natives leave to share about the city, and what can a stranger hear and see more clearly because of unfamiliarity?
 
In the main gallery on the ground floor are delicate panels of printed and hand-painted paper wafting and fluttering from the ceiling, which depict, in shades of sublime grey, copper, cream, ochre and terracotta, strange and unhappy rooms where the old slow rituals of parting and farewell have long since faded from their mysterious interiors. The image of old trees, wrought iron works and gravestones are accompanied by the background music of birdsong and the traffic noise of today, but a dynamic layer of cultural fabric has been ripped from the landscape and has never been replaced or mended.
 
Continuing to the downstairs galleries, a number of architectural plans and drawings hang expectantly, waiting to be turned into places to live or to worship. Layered on top of these the audience finds the same ornate and sacred buildings now reduced to empty spaces; the moving images of the city, including its courtyards, streets, shops and workplaces, are slowly smeared across the wilful destruction of a vibrant layer of life at the heart of an industrial city.
 
Her desire to help audiences remember what has been lost or forgotten has driven the artist to create the exhibition, quiet in appearance, but daring in concept. This desire is lined with tender affection: the artist painstakingly unfolds the city’s hidden narratives by tracing its history with much care, always with deeply felt connection with the subjects. This sense of connection, of roots, or belonging, is what makes this show feel unambiguously humane.
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Click to enlargeMAGDA STAWARSKA-BEAVAN: SPACES AND MOMENTS
Sep 25, 2020 - May 15, 2021 FINAL WEEK
In her London debut solo show 'Spaces and Moments', Stawarska-Beavan investigates the collective lost memory with video/sound installations and various paper works. Shadows and traces haunting a once-great industrial city are vehicles for Stawarska-Beavan to reconstruct possible present-day perception of what is now gone.
 
Through a process of listening to first-hand accounts of Polish Jewish women’s lives, days spent walking the streets of Lodz in her native Poland and hours of perusing through street plans, maps and architectural drawings in the archive, Magda Stawarska-Beavan has embarked upon a project which allows us to glimpse the traces of lives obliterated, songs unheard, clothes unmade and fabulous buildings replaced by busy parking lots and scruffy children’s parks. What have the natives leave to share about the city, and what can a stranger hear and see more clearly because of unfamiliarity?
 
Her desire to help audience remember what has been lost or forgotten has driven the artist to create the exhibition, quiet in appearance, but daring in concept. This desire is lined with tender affection: the artist painstakingly unfolds the city’s hidden narratives by tracing its history with much care, always with deeply felt connection with the subjects. This sense of connection, of roots, or belonging, is what makes this show feel unambiguously humane.
press release

CHESNEY/HIMID/STAWARSKA-BEAVAN: INVISIBLE NARRATIVES2
May 22 - Jun 19, 2021
Private view Sat May 22 1am - 7pm
Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix is pleased to announce the book launch for ‘Invisible Narratives’ and an exhibition ‘Invisible Narratives2’ both of which explore the work of three artists, Rebecca Chesney, Lubaina Himid and Magda Stawarska-Beavan who consider the poetic investigation of place, space and time, through painting, sound installation and place-based research.
 
All three artists use their work to uncover the hidden, understand a place as it is experienced by those who know it well, and remember apparently unknown histories. The investigation is made all the more intricate as each artist brings in her sensibility and layers to the infinitely-intertwined picture.
 
Some of the questions being asked include; when places are on the edge of time and memory, how can we see what is there and talk about what appears not to be there, while there are issues no one wants to acknowledge. Or how can we examine trauma by picturing the sublime; can incomprehensible events and dilemmas eventually provide openings for new political formations. Listening also comes into play; for some people sounds are familiar because they are heard every day, for others they seem familiar but at the same time unknown.

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