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Jun 6, 2019 - Jun 6, 2020
The ICA unveils a newly commissioned permanently sited work by Rirkrit Tiravanija. The work will occupy the alcove in the common area of the ICA, between the Lower Gallery and the Theatre, transforming it into a new social space comprising a sake bar, seating and tables crafted in Tiravanija’s studio in Chiang Mai, set within a painted sunrise and sunset. This new work marks Tiravanija’s return to the ICA, following his participation in the landmark exhibition Real Time in 1993.
untitled 2019 (the form of the flower is unknown to the seed) (2019) will be the first permanently sited work by Tiravanija in London. It will be available to visit on an ongoing basis from 7 June.
A special programme celebrating the opening of untitled 2019 (the form of the flower is unknown to the seed) will take place on 6 June, open to ICA Friends and Red Members.

Nov 06, 2019 7:00pm talk/event
Artist and writer Sable Elyse Smith and author Nicole R. Fleetwood discuss their research into the carceral, the personal and the political.
Through work that resists simplistic narratives of criminality and justice, both Smith and Fleetwood aim to complicate the relationship between visual culture and the prison industrial complex. In this conversation, Smith and Fleetwood discuss mass imprisonment and racialised violence in the US, reflecting on questions of consent and representation while foregrounding the liberatory properties of the creative act.
Fleetwood’s term ‘carceral aesthetics’ conceptualises the horror of the carceral state and the expressive capacity of those held captive within it. Her work asks how incarcerated populations turn their sentences into practices that resist the isolation, dehumanisation and austerity that prison enforces.
Smith’s work counters narratives of criminality – interrogating the instability of language, power and the construct of social history. Rooted in visual explorations of ordinary objects, Smith’s work raises issues of labour, memory and class to explore how trauma embeds itself in the everyday.
An audience Q&A follows the conversation.
Sable Elyse Smith is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and educator based in New York & Richmond, Virginia. Using video, sculpture, photography, and text, she points to the carceral, the personal, the political and the quotidian to speak about a violence that is largely unseen, and potentially imperceptible. She is currently Assistant Professor of Sculpture & Extended Media at the University of Richmond.
Nicole R. Fleetwood is Associate Professor in the Department of American Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Her research and teaching interests are visual culture, photography, black cultural history, gender and feminist studies, creative nonfiction, and cultural works that address poverty and social inequality.
£7 Full price, £5 Concs/Green Members, £3 Blue Members, Free Red members

Click to enlargeCAMERON ROWLAND: 3 & 4 WILL. IV C. 73
Jan 29 - Apr 12, 2020
The first solo exhibition in the UK by artist Cameron Rowland, consisting of a newly commissioned body of work. Rowland (born 1988, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include: D37, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2018); Rue Ravenstein 32, Etablissement d’en face, Brussels (2017); Birmingham, Galerie Buchholz, Cologne (2017); Indirect Benefit, Kunsthalle Fribourg, Fribourg (2016); 91020000, Artists Space, New York (2016); Bait Inc., Essex Street, New York (2014). Rowland’s work was included in the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo (2018) and Whitney Biennial 2017, New York.

Mar 12 - 14, 2020
'Five Volumes for Toni Morrison' is a three-day convening to celebrate the life and work of the novelist, essayist and Nobel laureate in literature, Toni Morrison.

Mar 15, 2020 talk/event
Five Volumes for Toni Morrison is a three-day convening to celebrate the life and work of the novelist, essayist and Nobel laureate in literature. Inspired by Five Poems (2002), a collection of poems by Morrison with illustrations by Kara Walker, Five Volumes seeks to create a space for existing and new Morrison readers to engage closely with her work. The convening revisits Morrison’s 1986 Guardian talk at the ICA alongside screenings, talks, performances and study groups.
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Apr 17 - 25, 2020
The ICA's fifth annual film festival.


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