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SPIKE ISLAND

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Bristol Temple Meads / Bus 506 to Cumberland Road

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LUBAINA HIMID : NAVIGATION CHARTS
Jan 20 - Mar 26, 2017
Lubaina Himid was a pioneer of the Black Arts Movement in Britain in the 1980s, which offered a forum for black artists exploring the social and political issues surrounding black history and identity.
 
Spike Island’s exhibition — a collaboration with Modern Art Oxford and Nottingham Contemporary — focuses on migration, labour and creativity, longstanding concerns for Himid. Anchored by Naming the Money (2004), a spectacular installation of 100 life-size, painted figures that has been shown only once before in its entirety, the presentation brings into dialogue major works from the past 25 years, honing in on Himid’s theatrical use of cut-outs, colour and pattern.

TESSA LYNCH : L-SHAPED ROOM
Jul 8 - Sep 17, 2017
Private view Fri Jul 7 6pm - 9pm
Tessa Lynch works predominantly with sculpture and performance. Her work develops from the observation of her immediate surroundings and from her quest for the existence of a female flâneur, the woman who wanders aimlessly. The artist embarks on lengthy periods of active research that see her walking through the city streets in the company of chosen collaborators, often writers she interviews while walking. These wanderings around the city are later transformed into sculptural installations that recall her experience of the urban landscape.
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Click to enlargeMAEVE BRENNAN : THE DRIFT
Jul 8 - Sep 17, 2017
Private view Fri Jul 7 6pm - 9pm
Spike Island presents a major new film commission, The Drift, by London and Beirut based artist Maeve Brennan. The film is produced by Chisenhale Gallery, London and Spike Island, Bristol and commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery; Spike Island; The Whitworth, The University of Manchester; and Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore.
 
In The Drift, Brennan traces the shifting economies of objects in contemporary Lebanon. The film moves between three main characters: the gatekeeper of the Roman temples of Niha in the Beqaa Valley; a young mechanic from Britel, a village known for trading automobile parts; and an archaeological conservator working at the American University of Beirut.
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