Matter as Actor
London, 3 May – 24 June 2023
Allora & Calzadilla, Dana Awartani, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, D Harding, Irmel Kamp, Syowia Kyambi, Richard Long, Otobong Nkanga, Yelena Popova, Lucy Raven, Zhan Wang, Feifei Zhou
This group exhibition, curated by Greg Hilty, Partner and Curatorial Director of Lisson Gallery, brings together works by artists who present mutable forms of matter – whether embodied as clay, rock, pigment, plastic, metal or organic substances – as active agents in the complex entanglements of humans and the more-than-human world. Moving beyond the idea of nature as raw material abundantly available for humans to use, this exhibition acknowledges the distinct properties, agencies and histories of materials, taking heed of their dynamic role in sustaining dense, interwoven relations.
These artists – Allora & Calzadilla, Dana Awartani, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, D Harding, Irmel Kamp, Syowia Kyambi, Richard Long, Otobong Nkanga, Yelena Popova, Lucy Raven, Zhan Wang, Feifei Zhou – come from many parts of the world and critically engage with the materials associated with their respective cultural inheritances. Their work attests to the challenges as well as the insights of engaging with the material world across, as well as within, distinct cultural frameworks. In giving shape to the conceptual insights of multiple situated knowledge systems, the artworks in the exhibition attest to the pluralistic grounds of contemporary existence.
27 Bell Street & 67 Lisson Street
Tuesday – Saturday: 11:00am – 6:00pm