For Yorkshire Sculpture International, Ashley Holmes presents Distend at Leeds Art Gallery. This immersive installation expands on Holmes’ interest in sonic fiction and the deconstructive practices of dub music and remixing to explore cultural memory. This new work references the earthquake and landslides that struck Port Royal, Jamaica in 1692, reimagining the submerged landscapes and mythologies, connecting Afrodiasporic aural traditions and the natural world.
Distend considers the embedded soundings that remain encoded in objects, recordings, architectural spaces, technology and memory – a subterranean excavation voicing body and voicing dread, through and from echoing vessels.
Ashley Holmes (b.1990, Luton) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Sheffield working across sound, installation, radio broadcasts and performance. His practice is informed by ideas of ancestral transmission, collective memory and citizenship to explore the histories of anti-colonial resilience embedded in Black musical and sound-based practices.
Recent solo exhibitions include A Free Moment Futura Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague (2020); Double 6, performance with R.I.P. Germain commissioned by Poor Image Projects, Leeds (2019). Group exhibitions include away, completely: denigrate, curated by Languid Hands at Narrative Projects, London (2020); Survey, Jerwood Arts, London (2018).