COSMONAUT | CHRISTINA PEAKE
A semi-autobiographical exhibition of stories engaging communities in Kings Cross and the Amazon, by Christina Peake.
Show: 22 – 25th August 2019
PV: 23rd August 2019
Artist Talk: 25th August 2019
Through documentaries such as ‘Planet Earth’ David Attenborough and others have narrated our world, leading us through the eyes into fantastical worlds and cultures drenched in colour. But does this reflect the actual reality of these worlds and of the communities there? And where are the worlds and communities that we don’t see, invisible in plain sight? Christina Peake sought to find out if the visual mythology of nature would match the reality by fulfilling a childhood dream of travelling to the Peruvian Amazon and living with the indigenous communities such as the Kukama that call this home. Christina also spent a year working with the charity ‘Women at the Well’ in Kings Cross, an area she travelled through regularly for work, supporting women surviving the most challenging circumstances.
During the residency in Peru Christina documented her time with the Kukama, Boras and Yagua tribes, Amazon riverways and rainforest from the small village of Santo Tomas, Iquitos to Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lima engaging history, cultures and cosmologies through photography, film, visual and written journals in addition to sourcing from historical accounts such as J.W Beul’s ‘Sea and Land – An Illustrated history of the Wonderful and Curious things of Nature Existing before and after the Deluge’, (1887) that describe encounters with ‘Amazons’ and Victorian colonial exploration. Using this fieldwork Christina has literally used the ‘eye’ (the artist’s retinal eye scans) to frame this contemporary travelogue using digital and mixed media.
Due to safeguarding measures to protect the women at the WATW charity Christina’s journals cannot be directly referenced therefore she has created four sculptures reflecting the key themes of the stories the women were kind enough to share and her own, plus referencing cultural objects from the Inca to African gold weights creating her own version of a set of cultural artifacts in response to this community, using an array of materials from Burr Oak, plasticine and resin to gold leaf and wire, pearls and semi-precious gemstones.
Christina Peake is visual artist who has exhibited in the UK and internationally that places autobiography, community and environmental engagement at the heart of her practice. This has led her to working with a variety of cultural organisations and charities such as Only Connect, a criminal justice charity working with ex-offenders and young people to Way Out Arts NGO based in Sierra Leone working with young people in the slums of Freetown, ex child soldiers and gang members. Her artist’s book ‘PREDATION’ that the Peru based work is sourced from with be available in Autumn 2019.
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STATEMENT OF BEING
STATEMENT OF BEING an exhibition of works by
LAURA BIVOLARU | KRASIMIRA BUTSEVA
VICTORIA LOUISE DOYLE | ELENA HELFRECHT
Show: 30 August – 1 September 2019 Launch night: Friday 30th 7-11pm
Reading & Writing workshop: We Make the Yolk Photography | Sunday 1st
4pm – 5pm (please book your free ticket via Eventbrite or at the counter)
Statement of Being forms an exploration of the different ways in which images manifest, whilst the bodies of work in this show encompass the genetics, experiences and materials within photography, including photography, writing, AI, sound and sculpture.
The artists investigate the way in which a camera adopts the function of an archeological tool, digging deep into human consciousness and uncovering aspects of our interior and exterior beings, whilst incorporating inherited memories, habits and occurrences. Whilst dealing with these subjects the artists experiment with different materials, pushing the boundaries of contemporary photography. As the camera allows to gaze back at the past, simultaneously creating bridges to the present, the artists end up returning to their homes in order to understand the history preceding their birth. Obsessively recording conversations with relatives and searching for glimpses and pieces of the family in their skins and bodies, they end up uncovering layers of personal but shared trauma. They flick through the pages of albums, wandering between light and dark, allowing for secrets to get entangled with the present. The group exhibition at Deptford does Art serves as a testing ground, where gradients of visibility emerge, inviting the audience to uncover the many layers.
Laura Bivolaru is a visual artist living and working in London, UK. Sheholds a First Class Honours Degree in Photographic Arts from the University of Westminsterand she has just graduated from an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art.
Krasimira Butseva has an MA and a BA in Photography from the University of Portsmouth. She has recently exhibited her work at EEP Berlin, Berlin (2019), Seen Fifteen Gallery, London (2019), Phoenix Gallery, Brighton Photo Fringe (2018). She has also won the APHE Photo Meet Bursary, Santander Mobility Award, MA Student Achievement Award, BA Student Achievement Award, BA Visual Culture Award and has been nominated for the Platform Graduate Award.
Lucas Gabellini-Fava is a London based artist, who uses personal and found photography,camera-less techniques, alternative printing processes, video and text. Lucas has previously received the GlobalArt Agency Best Artist Award and has exhibited his work at the Bath Photography Festivaland at the Metropolitan Art Fair Young Talent Award at the Palais Schönborn.
Elena Helfrecht graduated with a degree in Art History and Book Science at Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen, in 2014 and has just completed an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art, London. Elena’s work was shown recently in Curated by Girls: New Femininity, curated by Laetitia Duveau, and Envisioning Other Worlds, curated by Melanie King and Martha Gray.
Victoria Louise Doyle is an artist based between Newcastle-upon-Tyne and London. In 2019, she received an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art, and has exhibited her work previously both nationally and internationally. She is a member of ‘Writing Photographs’ a strand of The Photography and the Contemporary Imaginary Research Hub at London College of Communication.
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CONTINUOUSLY HARMONIOUSLY | DREW SINCLAIR
An exhibition of works by emerging artist DREW SINCLAIR.
Show: 5-8 September 2019
Launch night: Friday 6th September 7-10pm
As what we considered traditional gives way to the ever-increasing impact of the Internet and globalisation, many have begun to experience an erosion of difference between cultures. Others have awoken to the role of bridge-builders, connecting contrasting traditions and beliefs. If we let it, this social evolution can lead us into more reflective discussion and dialogue, an essential part of the process, if we are to learn from the past, as well as consciously and harmoniously, create our future.
This collection of work reflects the unfolding of our collective human story and explores the felt experience that unites us across cultures.
Drew Sinclair is a softly spoken man whose heart often buzzes with the excitement of pollen- covered bees, and whose mind occasionally receives thoughts as resplendent as the symmetry in butterfly wings. He inhales and exhales and knows all else will follow, it is this way of being that has allowed Drew in his many journeys around the Sun to become experienced in a multitude of Art forms. Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Creative Writing, Film, Animation, Percussion, Illustration, Daydreaming, Graphic Design, Origami and Martial Arts.
Drew knows technique. Graduated with a fine arts honours degree from Hertfordshire University where he was sent away to studied part of his Degree in a town called Pecs in Hungary, where he learnt traditional methods of drawing and sculpture. Gratefully he has travelled to many parts of the world and has lived in Japan studying and teaching Origami. But here, technique falls away. “I know a piece is done when my eyes, heart, mind and spirit are all pleased, and like the Buddhist monks of Japan when I find balance, I find peace”
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BRIGHT WORKS PROJECT | GOSIA PORAJ
Abstract paintings by GOSIA PORAJ.
Show: 12-15 September
Launch night: Friday 13th 7-10pm
“In a time of destruction, create something.”
― Maxine Hong Kingston
“In the times of socio-political unrest and economic pressures, people feel overwhelmed. Emotions of helplessness and escalation of issues make us mistrust others, as we tend to look for the fix on the outside. On the other hand, for an artist, it’s tempting to engage activism into the practice to speak about injustice.
However, every day when I wake up I chose to make an effort to see the possibility within the constraints; both in my life and in my art. The very things that “happen to me” are guidance on my boundaries and result in the deep teachings on how to act. In the same way, my art reveals itself in front of my eyes, also does my life. There is planning involved in every stage, but full control is impossible and the attachment to it creates tension and resistance. A trap. The attitude I use in response the life/art developments is what actually drives the progress.
Putting actions out there and trusting that things will work out is a combination hard to beat. That’s why my Bright Works Project is an important part of my practice.
Bright Works Project: I talk to strangers and ask them to share their hopes with me. Connection with others, while being vulnerable (exposed to rejection) is an important part of each encounter. At this point, if they accept the invitation to a conversation, they need to get personal too. After that, I use their stories as an inspiration to create artworks. Each conversation results in an artwork. By taking one’s thought and bringing it to life as an object it serves people in three-ways: people who read the stories see how much we are all connected and how much we’re all capable of; the work created is an emotional portrait of a person who trusted me (a stranger); creating a piece of art helps their hope to be brought to reality. This is linked to my belief that: Creating art is the quickest way to get from the non-physical to the physical realm.
All my abstract paintings are created with balance and optimism in mind during a semi-meditative state. Creating this surreal universe of shapes and colours is a metaphor for the infinity of dreams. It is my goal to show the worlds being created in front of our eyes to inspire people. Each of us (artist or not) has the power to create their world as rich and beautiful as their boundaries allow them.”
Bio: London based artist Gosia Poraj is most recognised by her optimistic abstract ink paintings on paper and the unique way of layering her colourful compositions. This exhibition encompasses her new painting series and artist’s ongoing social/art project, which involves real stories of strangers she meets. Gosia’s style of painting, especially planning and developing the work, was profoundly influenced by her education in printmaking. Her pieces aim for technical perfection and often puzzle the viewer to what method was used; “I can’t express myself through painterly works, so I’ve eliminated from my art all marks that resemble painting”.
The main subject of Gosia’s abstracts is rooted in her memories of landscapes and human capacity. She’s created a lyrical vocabulary of symbols to represent the essence of familiar shapes found in nature. As part of her practice, she explores the psychology of hope and progress. This research informs her art, whilst creating a dialogue with the audience.
Gosia has an MFA in printmaking from the Academy of Fine Arts (Katowice, Poland). Main achievements include Bax Family Fine Art Award and Bronze award received during The Passion For Freedom Festival.
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