Art lovers, get set! The exhibitions to see when London galleries open – Evening Standard
7 April 2021
One of the most consistently interesting artists working in video today, John Akomfrah creates meditative reflections on our collective consciousness (his Stuart Hall Project is still one of my favourite artworks of all time which is a lot for a 96 minute film about a cultural theorist). This new body of work, featuring footage filmed over the last six months, responds directly to the events of 2020, most notably the Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations against imperialist monuments.
Sitting alongside Akomfrah’s exhibition will be this group show, curated by the writer and curator Ekow Eshun, featuring UK-based established and emerging Black artists whose work explores notions of race, history, being and belonging through a variety of media. With the likes of Alberta Whittle, Ayo Akingbade, Jade Montserrat and Ufuoma Essi, it promises to be fascinating.
Read the full piece here.
Image: Sola Olulode, Laying in the Grass III (2021) © Sola Olulode