Check out our #6toSee for June 2017, a selection of six art exhibitions at some of the London’s best art galleries. Our critics pick the six must-see art exhibitions in London for this month. We hope you like them!
1. Bubi Canal: ‘ Beautiful Mystery’. Foam Talent. Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall.
Every year Foam organises the Foam Talent Call to identify young and international talents. From a total of 1494 submissions from 75 different countries across 6 continents, 24 photographers were selected to be featured in the annual Foam Magazine Talent Issue. The exhibition Foam Talent, developed from photos featured in the latest Talent Issue, installing together the work of a new generation of young artists. With this exhibition, Foam presents its views on the current state of photography and creates a platform that introduces emerging talents in the international world of photography.
2. Marco Godoy. ‘We have the weights, we have the measures’ Copperfield Gallery.
We have the weights, we have the measures, considering the relationship between the seemingly genteel pursuits of culture and learning and claims to geography. Since the dawn of civilisation humans have attempted to delineate and lay claim to territory, but in more recent history such claims have extended beyond land and water to airspace, galactic space, even moons and planets. There is a certain implicit aggression in the act of claiming anything and yet history contains some surprising examples of the way in which this process is masked. An early example was the claim laid to what is now Brazil by the Portuguese: not on the threat of military strength but on the basis that they could map and navigate the land and surrounding waters. This proposes that knowing where you are in immediate terms is not enough — that governance requires a greater, quantifiable oversight backed by learning. Some of the more familiar cases of displacement of indigenous cultures in Australia, America, New Zealand and Africa echo the same principle, the same attempted justification that they needed ‘cultivating’. Through this lens the sculptures and installations draw attention to the ongoing trajectory of this kind of behaviour which is often hiding in plain sight. Ewa Axelrad, Daniel de Paula, Marco Godoy, Ella Littwitz, Oscar Santillan.
3. Juan Miguel Palacios: ‘Wounded’. Lazarides Rathbone.
Palacios’ artwork uncovers the emotions beneath a happy face, to the fatigue and pain that is produced by day-to-day experiences, the artist identifies these life experiences as ‘wounds’. Using a woman’s face as a base Juan Miguel investigates the variety of hidden emotions within his art. Drywall and a transparent vinyl are used instead of canvases which creates a depth within the painting, it is as if the vinyl is the woman’s identity but the viewer is able to look through to see their interior and subsequently, their true feelings. The mix of emotions generates a feeling of uncertainity, leaving the viewer to cast their final opinions on what the subject is feeling.
4. Almudena Romero: ‘Photography Collective exhibition’ The Photographers Gallery.
This London Alternative Photography Collective exhibition is based on the concept of making images. It includes works in which the process of making is self-evident. She will be showing a series of passport looking tintypes of London immigrants as part of a body of work that reflects on the increasing restrictions of movement for persons and the reduction of regulatory barriers for goods and capitals.
5. Estela Oliva: Resident of Studio 48 Somerhouse Studios.
Estela Oliva’s work is inspired by the impact of technology and the Internet in human behaviour, society and our surroundings. She creates hybrid environments in which the physical and the virtual blend, unfolding narratives and cerebral experiences. These projects come to life in experimental formats as exhibitions, programmes, experiential events, installations, web experiments, apps or films.
6. David Guillen: ‘A Tale on the Mile’. Museum of Edinburgh.
Throughout the course of human history, societies have grown from the same fundamental principles, regardless of time or place. Society seems to be a symbiosis, a macro-organism. Individuals cluster together to work as groups, which form a mind of their own, and in turn influence each individual. These small tribes that begin around a campfire, on the beach or on the mountain, create towns. Those towns become cities, those cities unify to create countries. Often the story and character of an entire nation of people can be read in a single one of its streets. A Tale on the Mile is the work of photographer David Guillen. It represents a harmony of original photography and text that will explore the personalities and places of one of the most historically vibrant streets in Scotland: The Royal Mile.
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