August Round-Up

Nalini Malani: Can You Hear Me? at the Whitechapel Gallery

Until 5 September 2021

Can You Hear Me?, the artist’s first UK commission, comprises 88 animations projected on the walls of the Whitechapel Gallery’s historic interior. Made between 2017 and 2020, they feature overlapping hand-drawn images and notes, as well as fragments of quoted text. In this installation Malani once more fills the former central reading room of the Whitechapel Public Library with books, transcribing quotes by influential writers such as Hannah Arendt, James Baldwin, Bertolt Brecht, Veena Das, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Milan Kundera, George Orwell and Wislawa Szymborska. This 21st century form of the artist’s notebook is projected directly onto the gallery’s brick walls with text and image taking the form of moving graffiti.

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Artes Mundi 9

Until 5 September 2021

These are the last weeks of Artes Mundi 9, Cardiff, to experience the artworks of this year’s winners: Firelei Báez, Meiro Koizumi, Prabhakar Pachpute, and arrie Mae Weems.

The artists all examine, address and question some of the most significant issues we are currently facing. Presentations of new and recent work centre on the devastating impact of histories of colonialism, environmental change, intergenerational trauma and healing, the aftermath and legacies of conflict, and ongoing concerns of representation and privilege.

Find out more here.

Jardins d'Asie at the Musée Guimet

Until 20 September 2021

Driven by a quest for harmony so as to become “one with the sky”, the art of creating gardens in Asia is the centre of this exhibition at the Musée Guimet. From the Mughals gardens in India to Japan via China, each of these countries has made a particularly significant and original contribution to this art, which the exhibition intends to explore through an anthology of eighty works from museum collections.

Find out more here (French language).

LAAF - Liverpool Arab Art Festival

Until 14 November 2021

Founded in 1998, Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF) is the UK’s longest-running and most successful annual Arab arts and cultural festival, platforming the best UK and international Arab artists. The festival creates a dynamic between traditional and contemporary Arab artforms, encouraging informed debate that explores, and increases, appreciation of Arab people and their rich cultures.

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Elim Chan conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the Royal Albert Hall

2 August 2021

Musical borrowings, reworkings and reinventions run through this season’s Proms. The invisible thread linking this concert really begins with Bach. A lilting chaconne from his Cantata No. 150 underpins the finale of Brahms’s Symphony No. 4, and the latter’s elegant synthesis of heart and head is itself the inspiration for American composer Elizabeth Ogonek’s Cloudline, a lyrical homage to ancient musical forms and techniques. Argentine cellist Sol Gabetta is the soloist in anniversary-composer Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto No .1, which she first played at the age of 12. Conducted by Hong Kong born, UK based Elim Chan.

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Slavs & Tatars at Hayward Gallery Outdoors

13 August - 15 November 2021

Bagri Foundation and Hayward Gallery have partnered to present a series of new outdoor art commissions at the Southbank Centre. The first commission launches in August 2021 with a large-scale installation by collective Slavs and Tatars. With a focus devoted to an area East of the former Berlin Wall and West of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia, Slavs and Tatars’ practice questions understandings of language, ritual and identity through a blend of pop aesthetics, cultural traditions and overlooked histories. 

For their Bagri Foundation commission, the collective are creating a striking artwork that addresses a set of cultural histories intertwining Europe and Asia. More details will be released in due course!  Find out more here

Likeness and Legacy in Korean Portraiture at the Asian Art Museum

27 August - 29 November 2021

What was the role of portraiture in establishing identity and legacy in the Joseon dynasty? How do contemporary portraits navigate the boundary between the individual and the collective? Find out in this thought-provoking exhibition, which explores the deep history of portraiture in Korean culture.

The exhibition pairs these draft portraits on paper with a selection of finished paintings on silk and contemporary approaches to portraiture by Korean and Korean American artists. Photo-based, mixed-media, and video works by Korean artists Do Ho Suh and Yun Suknam, as well as Korean Americans Ahree Lee and Young June Lew, raise issues of conformity, group identity, and gender in the information age.

Find out more here.


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