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ART ASSASSINS: AN ARCHIVE BY OTHER MEANS
May 19 - Jun 30, 2021 FINAL WEEK
An archive by other means is an exhibition that invites us to consider how archives that document fraught histories can be understood in present-day contexts.
 
Curated by the Art Assassins, the South London Gallery’s youth forum, this exhibition features new video work, a soundscape, fly-posters and dubplates, made by the Art Assassins in collaboration with artists Onyeka Igwe and Rosa-Johan Uddoh.
 
Between September 2019 and December 2020, the Art Assassins interrogated an early twentieth-century archive assembled by anthropologist Northcote W Thomas for their project Entanglements: Who makes history?   
 
Working in West Africa between 1909–1915, Thomas amassed a huge collection of materials from Nigeria and Sierra Leone, including photographs, objects, sound recordings and field notes. The archive represents a unique document of life in these areas during that period but is entangled with British colonialism and its legacies.
 
An archive by other means explores the relevance of this archive today from the perspectives of a diverse group of young people living in south London and marks the culmination of the Entanglements: Who makes history? Project.

INDEPENDENCE
May 19 - Sep 19, 2021
This exhibition explores the history of the South London Gallery since the 2003 exhibition Independence.
 
Independence reflected on the gallery’s separation from Southwark Council, which it had been part of for nearly a century.
 
The gallery’s fascinating history since that landmark moment is presented in the Archive room, with digitised photographs, press releases, exhibition leaflets and much more available to browse.
 
Learn more about the expansion of the SLG’s buildings, artist programmes and educational reach in the last two decades.

UFUOMA ESSI: FROM WHERE WE LAND
Jun 18 - Aug 29, 2021
Ufuoma Essi, the SLG’s tenth Postgraduate Artist in Residence, is a video artist and filmmaker.
 
Her new film work, From Where We Land, examines second-generation Black British women and their relationship with identity, feelings of cultural displacement, and their relationship to Britain.
 
The film will look at the contributions of the 1980s Black feminist movement in England and the legacies of first-generation children of African and Caribbean immigrants. The film incorporates archive footage of 1980s Britain and 16mm footage shot on location in Margate and south London.
 
BIOGRAPHY
Ufuoma Essi (b. 1995, London) is a video artist, filmmaker and film programmer from Lewisham, south east London. Essi studied at University College London, 2014–2018 and the University of Pennsylvania, 2016–2017.
 
Previous exhibitions and screenings include Barbican Centre, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Croydon Art Store, London; Black Star Film Festival, Philadelphia; South London Gallery; and Chisenhale Studios, London. Essi has been selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020, and Syllabus VI (2020–21) a collaboratively produced alternative learning programme that supports ten artists across ten months. Forthcoming presentations include the culmination of a short digital residency with the Black Cultural Archives, curated by Languid Hands (Rabz Lansiquot and Imani Robinson).

CHRISTINA QUARLES: IN LIKENESS
Jun 18 - Aug 29, 2021
American artist Christina Quarles (b. 1985) lives and works in Los Angeles.
 
She creates surreal and deliberately ambiguous images of bodies that seem barely contained by the frame of the canvas. This display at the South London Gallery brings together Quarles’s vibrant and textured paintings, as well as works on paper, and is her first solo exhibition in a major London institution.
 
The figures in Quarles’s expressive, large-scale paintings are an embodiment of her own perspective on the world and she has described them as conveying ‘the experience of living in a body rather than looking at a body.’ Entwined bodies are set against abstracted environments, facial features are obscured and skin is rendered in a spectrum of shifting colour. The ways in which her painted bodies elude definition is a reflection of her own experience of being misread or misrepresented as a queer cis woman, born to a black father and white mother.
 
Eight of Quarles’s paintings including For a Flaw/ For a Fall/ For the End, 2018 and Sumday (We Gunna Rest on) Sunday, 2019 are on display in the SLG’s Main Gallery alongside a selection of the artist’s drawings. In these works on paper, fragments of text often taken from songs or poems intersect with bodies and reveal some of the literary, musical and autobiographical references that underpin her work.
 
This exhibition was organised by The Hepworth Wakefield.

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