Editor: Christopher George
Accumulation: Legacy and Memory will bring a selection of contemporary and modern art from Bahrain to London for the third edition of Bahrain Art Week in London. Showcasing and celebrating Bahrain’s rich history as one of the oldest contemporary cultures in the Middle East,Bahrain Art Week will provide a platform for Bahraini artists to expand their international influence through London’s dynamic art scene, prior to Art Bahrain Across Borders 2019 fair.
Accumulation brings together works by 11 Bahraini artists whose practices address subjective experience, memory, notions of progress and the inevitability of decay. The exhibition is a meditation on the historical legacies of Bahrain from traditional crafts, industry and pop cultureto modernism’s forms, including art and architecture. The encounters that unfold through videos, paintings and sculpture draw links between the concepts of legacy, memory and value.
The works reflect the aesthetics of change and progress within multiple modernities and histories of Bahraini society, the development and influence of the oil industry, the growth and decay of an urban centre and aspirations to progress. The artists in the show span a number of generations of Bahrainis who are witnesses to many histories and changing perspectives.
Many of these artists’ works address the movement of human civilization through rapid development. For example, the paintings of Balqees Fakhro, Faiqa Al Hassan and and Salman Al Najem explore new visual tendencies inspired by symbols and ancient civilizations whilst creating new portraits of society.
Co-curator and ArtBAB director Kaneka Subberwal comments: Following a very successful exhibition in Paris in September, Art Bahrain Across Borders continues to traverse the globe with its next stop in Singapore later this month. I am then thrilled to present this edition of Bahrain Art Week in London in November enabling more people to access and appreciate the artworks being produced in Bahrain. It is an honour to be able to offer these gifted creators exposure such as this and widen the dialogue for the arts in the Middle East.
Bahrain Art Week aims to strengthen creative links between the UK and Bahrain, promoting cross cultural dialogue. The exhibition serves to introduce art collectors and enthusiasts to thetalents and vision of Bahrain’s artists. It comes under the Art Bahrain Across Borders initiative which takes the art of the artists of Bahrain across borders around the world. StrengtheningBahrain’s position in the Gulf as a regional arts hub, ArtBAB aims to inspire entrepreneurship, art education and the development of local skills. The fair will take place from Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th March 2019, under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Sabeeka bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, President of the Supreme Council for Women.
Wednesday 21st – Wednesday 28th November 2018
Alon Zakaim Fine Art, 5-7 Dover St, Mayfair, London W1S 4LD
Editor: Christopher George
This November, installation artist Christina Reihill will recreate the prison cell of Ruth Ellis, the last woman in Britain to be executed by the state, after she shot her abusive lover, 25-year-old racing driver David Blakely in 1955.
Ruth Ellis’ execution on 13th July 1955 was a turning point in the death penalty debate in the UK. Ellis unapologetically declared her intent was to kill her lover, who she shot five times at point-blank range. In court she infamously stated:
“It’s very obvious that when I shot David Blakely I intended to kill him”
Many sympathised with the abuse she suffered at the hands of Blakely, who famously caused her to miscarry following an alcohol fuelled row about another woman.
Glad I Did It asks visitors to step into Ellis’ mind at this crucial moment in history and to consider how easily they could have been in her shoes. The installation examines the thwarted desires and impulsive behaviours that led to Ellis’ execution, and explores how we all can be victims to our own addictions.
Recalling the darkness of her own addiction to drugs and alcohol, artist Christina Reihill prompts visitors to questions how ambition, desire, loss and grief impacts our lives and asks the question ‘how dissimilar are we all from Ruth Ellis really?’
The prison files illustrate Ellis’ relationships with her family, psychiatrist, lawyer and even the prison warden, and reveal the woman behind the media speculation, who has been on trial by the British public ever since.
Ellis famously declared her reason for wanting to die: “I want to join him” she repeated despite efforts that could have saved her from the hangman’s noose. If she had presented herself as a victim this could have spared her execution . But she didn't. The artist believes Ellis wanted to die and appreciated her time in jail.
In her prison cell, Ellis, a Jewish nightclub hostess dismissed as a “tart”, could, for the first time in her life, experience the respect and dignity she needed. Here she was addressed as “Mrs Ellis” and listened to, and the relationship plagued by violence and alcoholism that her lover had tried to hide, was front page news.
The artist Christina Reihill claims that in all that has been written, staged, documented and filmed, Glad I Did It reveals facts about Ruth Ellis, never identified before.
GLAD I DID IT
14th November – 1st December 2018
Bermondsey Project Space
183-185 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UW
Editor: Christopher George
Proud Central, London
23rd November 2018 – 13th January 2019
Proud Galleries is pleased to announce Sessions in Sound: Photographs by Norman Seeff, anintimate collection of Seeff’s acclaimed photographic sessions featuring influential 20th Century musical icons. From Johnny Cash and Patti Smith to Joni Mitchell and the Rolling Stones, Norman Seeff’s perceptive lens captures thought-provoking images of iconic artists session after session. The exhibition explores the sensitive collaboration between photographer and musician; whether photographed mid-smile or deep in contemplation, Seeff’s subjects are effortlessly captured in moments of spontaneity. Famed for emotionally engaging with hissubjects, Seeff’s photographs in Sessions in Sound are intimate, lively and authentic.
Born in South Africa, 1939. After working as an A&E doctor in Soweto, he moved to New York aged 29, eager to explore his creative passions. His break into the industry occurred when introduced to the renowned album cover designer, Bob Cato, who gave him his first major assignment – to photograph Robbie Robinson and The Band for the liner notes oftheir album ‘Stage Fright’. After getting lost on his way to Woodstock and arriving hours late, Seeff was disappointed with his own work. Embarrassed by the results, he simply pushed the
only image he liked in an envelope under the door of Cato’s brownstone. When Seeff finally gathered the courage to contact him some weeks later, Cato exclaimed “where have you been? I don’t have your number! They love the photograph and they want touse it for the album cover.” This project and its immediate recognition catapulted Seeff into prominence.
In 1973, Seeff opened his own studio on Sunset Boulevard, constantly evolving his sessions through an exploration of the creative process. His distinctive method of focusing on an authentic connection allowed Seeff to break down barriers between himself and his subject. Throughout his career, Seeff developed creative alliances with an incredible range of musicians, revealing the intimacy and vulnerability of the artist in the act of creation.
In 1985, Seeff photographed musician Ray Charles and later recalled how “Ray was testy at the start of the session. Ultimately, heloved the process and ended up calling me ‘brother’. It was a seminal session.” The exhibition also features a selection of unpublished photographs, including a portrait of Patti Smith from Seeff’s 1969 acclaimed photoshoot with Patti and Robert Mapplethorpe. Thissession has arguably become one of Seeff’s most well known, with the photographer describing that “after Robert’s death, Patti toldme these shots come closest to her remembrance of the profundity of the love between them.”
Sessions in Sound: Photographs by Norman Seeff aims to give an insight into the photographer’s process as he searches forspontaneous authenticity in his work. Remaining popular to a modern-day audience, Seeff’s images have a timeless quality, perhaps reflective of an uncanny ability to connect emotionally with each of his subjects. His distinctive stylised approach to session photography has certified his enduring legacy in both the music and photography industries.
Sessions in Sound: Photographs by Norman Seeff
Proud Central, London
23rd November 2018 – 13th January 2019
The only Clementine you need to know this November is The Living Fashion Doll
Review by Sara Darling
Miss Piggy might be in the prime of her life at (aherm), 40 something, but the newest puppet Queen on the block has come to ruffle her feathers! Slightly younger (although it’s rude to mention how much) Clementine the Living Fashion Doll, is 15 inches of pure fabulousness and Hollywood glamour of the old school variety.
Part Joan Rivers, part Barbie, she is blonde and beautiful, with a face that vaguely resembles Samantha from Sex and the City, but actually belongs to creator Mark Mander, who takes on the role of Clementine the sassiest fashion doll you are ever likely to meet!
If you happen to find yourself if Piccadilly on a dark and dismal night, you could do worse than head to Crazy Coqs in the stunning art deco building which houses the Zedel Brasserie, to see her in action. The ideal setting for a camp puppet show, the cabaret style seating and stage means no one is safe from her acerbic asides!
Having never witnesses a singing, dancing puppet before (or any kind of puppet come to think of it) I didn’t know quite what to expect! My distant memories of Sesame Street did not set me up for what I was about to experience, as the Clementine show was very much for adults only! Bursting with camp innuendo, gratuitous topless beefcake, and gags that only a puppet could make, you will be squirming in your seat!
As well as as the star, there were larger than life characters- Betty Barfly, Ricky the Rooster and Yvette the Usher, which the team of two visible puppeteers - Ruth Calkin and Mark Esaias sync perfectly!
Bringing the concept of a puppet show right up the 21st century, the concept of mixing film with the stage show is genius, so the audience finds out more about Clementine’s private life in flashbacks- complete with singalongs obviously!
If you’re looking to get in the mood for the party season, this 70 minute show is a must. Take your friends, partner or mum for a truly bonding experience, and be prepared for the Sound of Music!
Next show is on November 15th. Book your tickets here
Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood Street, London W1F 7ED
ARTICLE BY SARA DARLING
As Rotterdam is a very experimental city, it is the perfect platform to get acquainted to the school of kinetic art. Fuelled by movement and interaction, the latest exhibition at the city’s progressive Kunsthal Museum ‘’Action<--> Reaction.100 Years of Kinetic Art’, will surprise and mesmerises at the same time.
When you visit a gallery, you don’t always get immersed in the art. Normally it registers with your eyes and they tell the rest of your body what emotion to feel; But autumn’s retrospective, celebrates the hard to pin down concept of kinetic art.
The movement peaked in the twentieth century and was spearheaded by Marcel Duchamp, Alexander Calder and Victor Vasarely, whose aim was to express the intellectual developments of Einstein’s time and space theory. However, it gained even more notoriety in the sixties, with artists including Bridget Riley, Yayoi Kusama, Jan van Munster and Dan Flavin developing an individual approach to politically radical visuals by using surreal graphics, optical illusions and mobile art for a wider audience. Even younger generation artists such as Jeppe Hein, Žilvinas Kempinas and Philippe Decrauzat have embraced the experimental style by skilfully incorporating rhythm, vibration and motion into their artworks.
Kinetic Art has been around for more than a century, and is the origins of incorporating movement into art, so art can be viewed in real time rather than implied time. As well as introducing the element of time and stability, it explores our natural state of vision. Scientifically our eyes tell us what we are seeing, but these artists have chosen to produce works which satirise modern society and how we are expected to behave, and question our views on science, technology, and capitalist production.
World War II played an important role of the movement’s progression, and it became a major phenomenon in the late 1950s and the 1960s. Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely are the most well known virtuosos, and although their work does not appear to be based on any particular patterns from the real world, you can see the influence of nature. Thus suggesting that the experience of looking at these abstract arrangements can been compared to impressions of light and movement. How and why do we see things?
The site specific installation incorporates twelve themes covering different aspects of perception and out of the ordinary experiences. Expect unusual forces of light, movement, rhythm, structure, vibration, space, radiance, instability and rotation to envelop you as you enjoy the show; And although static, give the impression of movement, but there are no dimensions as to how you enjoy it and viewers are encouraged to flow freely at their own pace.
With large and small scale constructions, all senses are stimulated and the work on show, has re-invented the meaning of modern art. The mirrors, structures, sounds, and force fields that you encounter will either please or irritate, but all will appeal to your senses in some way.
As everything is unexpected, it is also iconic and inspirational, and each new piece offers a new benchmark for self-discovery. The artists, although different in their approach have reached the same finish line of de-materialising the object and it’s illusion. Therefore what you expect is unexpected, and shakes up the stability of what is natural- but is it surreal or hallucinogenic? You have to decide for yourself.
Curated by the renowned French guest curator Serge Lemoine (former President of Musée d’Orsay, Paris) and Marianne Le Pommeré (Historian of Art), the aim of the exhibition is to reinterpret and properly reevaluate kinetic art of yesterday in the context of contemporary performative arts, and will certainly make you think.
If you are curious about art, or Rotterdam- the city of merging lines, the silhouettes, mighty bridges, skyscrapers and bright lights is the perfect pairing for ‘Action>--<Reaction : 100 Years of Kinetic Art’.
On show until Jan 20th 2019
For more information and opening times, check out
Editor: Christopher George
Between 22.09.2018 - 06.01.2019 a/political will present US OR CHAOS at BPS22, Charleroi;
an exhibition that spans the entire museum.
US OR CHAOS looks at citizens subjugated by the state. It exposes the repressive measures used to degrade and dehumanise agitators, who reject the rule of law through individual acts of resistance and extreme self-sacrifice. These moments of disobedience become political instruments, exposing the covert apparatus of power. Positioned side-by-side, they warn of chaos – a new radical system rising from beneath.
In 2014, as part of the series ‘We Protect You From Yourselves’ Democracia produced twenty-one portraits of the police photographed during anti-austerity demonstrations in Madrid. As a consequence of Spain’s new legislation internationally known as the ‘gag law’, they were prosecuted under Article 40 of the Organic Law 15/1999 for the Protection of Personal Data. The charges were dropped after months of court appearanc- es. More recently, in 2017 Petr Pavlensky was arrested under ARTICLE 322-6 of the French penal code for his action of setting fire to the Banque de France against the bankers who ‘have taken the place of monarchs’.
Pavlensky remains in solitary confinement in Fleury- Mérogis prison with no trial date. In both cases, tech-niques of intimidation, prosecution and imprisonment expose the state’s disproportionate use of aggression to maintain control.
The social contract between the state and its cit- izens is preserved by a strategy of fear. In an in- terview with Democracia, an anonymous riot policeman threatened, “It’s either us or chaos”. Refusing to comply, Petr Davydtchenko relocated to rural France to live exclusively off animals killed by human neg- ligence on the road. Scavenging off waste - disre- garded carcasses - to retain autonomy, his sustaina- ble existence demonstrates Thoreau’s desire to ‘refuse allegiance to the state, to withdraw and stand aloof from it effectually.’
Largely comprising of works from political collaborations with acclaimed international artists such as David Brognon & Stephanie Rollin, who's works have prolific interpretations of social unease. Along with works from other artists historical collection, the exhibition shows that acts of disobedience have consequences, but are necessary to subvert the balance of power. In Black Flag, Santiago Sierra plants the anarchist flag on the geographic north and south poles. Leaving them in situ, the symbolic gesture reclaims the globe on behalf of the people, shifting power away from the government and into the hands of the active citizens. It speaks of a new world, where chaos presides over order.
Boulevard Solvay 22, 6000 Charleroi, Belgium
Museum opening hours
Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 6pm
A PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION IN INDIA
Article by Sara Darling
Following on from the successful exhibition focussing on transgender and slum communities and jail-inmates in India, the latest venture from the Kitab collective aims to break boundaries of Indian women who are living in the mountains.
Started in March, 2017, ‘The Kitab’ is a non-profit initiative, based in India. Passionate about bringing experimental photography and innovative bookmaking practices to new audiences around the country, and remove the elitist connection with traditional art.
‘Women in the Himalayas’ is a selection of powerful imagery by photographers from more than 30 different countries. Setting out to inspire and educate marginalised communities, the latest show explores the importance of women, who often experience poverty, low literacy levels or unemployment, yet still raise families and survive against all odds.
The photo festival was a huge success, and the wide range of images were both thought-provoking and personal visual stories and photo books; Each with which the aim of creating awareness and raising the personal growth of women who live in the mountains across the world.
The Kitab Founder Manik Katyal states, “We wanted to explore how photography can empower and inspire, and be an important tool for social-change amongst the women in the mountain villages. We believe that meaningful photography fosters empowerment through individual reflection, self-esteem and identity formation as well as a sense of community.”
The festival chose the remote region of Almora to feature a range of work by well known and emerging photographers, who covered a wide range of subject matters including education, gender, human rights, health, environment and conflict.
Check out www.thekitab.in for more information on the project.
Are you ready to take your recovery to the optimum level and become the healthiest,
fittest and BEST badass version of yourself?
Have you been struggling with addiction transference in the form of food?
Nutritionist Therapist Emma Rice begins a journey for those willing to change, where you will receive advice and guidance in a wellness workshop followed by a Q&A presented by Qualified Nutritional Therapist Emma Rice DipNT
Along with this their is also fitness tips, daily workouts and movement for the mind and body guided by personal trainer Tara Patten
The evening will close with a beautiful twenty minute Tibetan singing bowl meditation to kick start your wellness weekend.
With the autumn approaching, now is the time we should be hitting the gym, thinking seriously about our diets and taking steps to a calmer and more peaceful end of 2018. What better way yo start this transition then an evening with BEST-SELF
Allow Emma & Tara to assist you in maneuvering through your new way of living with grace and ease based on their experience in Recovery.
Join us in Queens Wood Cabin in the tranquil setting of Highgate woods
Friday evening, September 28th, 2018 @ 18:30 until 20:30
This is what Friday nights are made for - one Friday at a time £20
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When most people think of coffee, they think of the drink that wakes them up in the morning and of deep-flavoured dark roasts. But coffee has a new meaning thanks to a rise in ethical fashion. Sundried are leading the industry with innovative designs and this starts with our sportswear made from recycled coffee grounds. More and more people are waking up to the realisation that ‘fast fashion’ is causing irreparable damage to the planet and that something needs to be done before it’s too late. Sustainable and responsible retailers like Sundried are vital in this industry, not only to reduce waste and pollution, but to cut greenhouse emissions, keep a low carbon footprint, and to give something back to the environment.
"Sundried specifically chose to use coffee as our recycled product as it is a readily available raw product with high bio-degradable properties meaning it is truly eco-friendly and sustainable.” Says Sundried CEO and founder Daniel Puddick. “The fabric is made from the waste product that is created when making coffee. The used coffee grounds usually just end up in a landfill, so this recycling process is truly ethical and responsible.”
“Sundried are passionate about staying true to our ethical ethos but also providing premium apparel to our customers. We have found that coffee as a recycled product allows us to do both and we are currently the leaders in the industry for this."
How does it work?
Scientific tests have shown that when treated with boiling hydrochloric acid, coffee grounds create a black powder which has strong antioxidant properties. Once treated and transformed into yarn, the coffee grounds release polyphenol-rich compounds which are plant chemicals with antioxidant capabilities which withstand damaging energies such as heat and light better than traditional fabrics. This means that when the fabric is subjected to sweat, heat (during washing), and UV-rays, it holds up much better than typical fabrics such as cotton and dries up to 200% faster.
What are the benefits?
The clothing that is produced from used coffee grounds has fantastic benefits, including odour control, sweat-wicking, and it dries over 200 times faster than cotton. It is also naturally anti-bacterial. This means no more unsightly sweat patches on grey t-shirts and absolutely no need to tumble dry as the garments are pretty much dry as soon as they come out of the wash.
Vist SUNDRIED for more ways to help a healthy planet
REVIEW BY SARA DARLING
If you have the nickname Lucky, you might think you have a blessed life; However there is nothing that marks our star of the show, Harry Dean Stanton as having experienced anything remarkable in his 90 years. We join him, in his long johns, as he pants and wheezes through the closing chapter of his life.
Playing an old man living out his last days, as an old man living out his last days (Stanton died shortly after this film wrapped) makes the movie much more poignant.
And the spiritual element of being a non-believer in pretty much everything, is the crux of the story “THe truth of the universe, It’s all gonna go away into blackness the void and nobody's in charge, and you’re left with nothing”. Knowing you’re on death’s door, but not knowing what’s next is something that at some point we will all have to address.
Stanton provides a mesmerising performance as a cantankerous, grumpy, independent loner, who is set in his ways. Never married, and no kids he is a stubborn old boot. Preferring to do morning stretches with a cigarette and spend most of the day in his underwear, he has miraculously outlived most of his friends.
The chain smoking WW2 veteran is the first to admit his life has been uneventful and predictable, which has led to his profound thoughts on being. But his opinions are not always agreed with in this sleepy Arizona backwater, where life is slow, and the biggest drama is when a pet tortoise goes missing.
As the protagonist, Stanton as Lucky has a routine of drinking coffee, doing crossword puzzles at the Diner and watching TV game shows in his dated condo. Often he will stop by the Mexican supermarket for milk and cigarettes before returning home to watch “his shows”.
His night time activities consist of visiting Elaine’s Saloon for a Bloody Maria; He knows all the locals who are always sat on the same stools. The hotchpotch of characters illustrate the random bunch of residents who have settled for the slow way of desert life, and Lucky’s surreal and metaphysical opinions often disrupt the tranquility.
Throughout the film, he is deadpan and seemingly bleak and only perks up when he meets Vittoria at the Mexican birthday party. The shop assistants mum flirts with him in Spanish, and he then bursts into song, crooning a beautiful version of “Volver Volver”.
Knowing he is on his last legs, he can’t be enthusiastic about what’s next, claiming ‘the future is not ours to see’, but it doesn't mean he is depressed. The final scenes don't show him dying as you might expect, but he shuffles off into the sunset, leaving a sense of hope.
A film about death does not sound very rock n roll, but fans of Stanton will appreciate his performance of a lifetime as he silently explores what will happen next. Touching and poignant it will make you question your feelings with keeping peace, regrets and bitterness.
One not to miss.
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