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PEER

97/99 Hoxton St, N1 6QL
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PEER AMBASSADORS WITH NISHA DUGGAL
Apr 24 - May 9, 2021 FINAL WEEK
When do you most feel yourself?
 
Do you want other people to connect with the real you? Do you maintain a hidden, private persona that you reserve for yourself alone?
 
These questions, familiar to many forms of portraiture, were pivotal as we approached our project: to make a group portrait that reflected our individualities as well as our connections and bond as collaborative artists. Our aim was to work with an authenticity and integrity that was sharpened and challenged as the pandemic took shape. Our physical horizons narrowed with repeated lockdowns and social isolation, whilst our connection to one another and our aspirations took digital flight.
 
We met through phones and monitors, portals into previously private spaces, touching flat faces with disembodied voices, locked to the wandering gaze of the fixed lens atop our screens. This exhibition will assemble footage captured from our day to day lives into a group portrait that shows how we have been through these times, encompassed by our own, creative bubble.
 
As our collective bond developed, together we found routine within shifting sands. Invigorated by the space between us, we shared ideas and found freedom in expressing ourselves. We filmed different points of our days, quickly focusing on recording the everyday, finding beauty in the banal, meaning through our shared experiences and new connections where our days diverge.
 
Walking, stepping out, our feet getting us from somewhere to elsewhere, both physically and psychologically, collectively we dreamed of other places as our footsteps explored the world beyond. A view from a window. Our reflections bursting through, emerging into a new threshold. The sky; we are all looking at the same sky.
 
Also presented and collaged onto PEER's windows is work made by the Ambassadors over the last year. Using paint, pencil drawing, mono printing and collage, the artworks explore the local community, boundaries, the body and hopefulness.

Click to enlargeAVRIL CORROON & AMY STEEL
May 17 - 30, 2021
Private view Sun May 30 12pm - 8pm
PEER presents the work of Avril Corroon and Amy Steel, two artists who completed a yearlong studio residency at Acme’s Warton House studios in 2020 after graduating from MA courses at London-based art colleges. The exhibition marks the fifth year of partnership between PEER and Acme. This important partnership offers emerging artists a significant opportunity at a crucial point in their career to exhibit at an acclaimed gallery and benefit from mentoring and guidance provided by PEER’s team.

SWIRL OF WORDS / SWIRL OF WORLDS
Jun 4 - Aug 14, 2021
Private view Fri Jun 4 6pm - 8pm
A multi-platform and multi-media arts programme celebrating Hackney’s ethnic diversity that explores how language shapes and informs cultural and individual identities. Hoxton Street neighbours PEER and Shoreditch Library will become the two main venues for a multi-media group exhibition and 10-week public programme of live and virtual events exploring themes of cultural identity, endangered and lost languages, modern communication, literary history and poetry.
 
The project will also an extraordinary poetry book of the same name consisting of around 100 poems, one for each language spoken in Hackney. Each poem will appear in its original language next to its English translation. Acclaimed poet and translator, Stephen Watts, has gathered together this collection of poems to create a poetry map of Hackney. The final collection will include contributions from well-established names as well as lesser-known and local voices.

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