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GHOST OF THE PRESENT<br>13 October – 27 November 2021<h2><h2>JORDAN ANN CRAIG: YOUR WILDEST DREAMS<br>2 December 2021 - 29 January 2022</h2><h2>EDDY KAMUANGA ILUNGA<br>
GHOST OF THE PRESENT<br>13 October – 27 November 2021<h2><h2>EDDY KAMUANGA ILUNGA<br>GHOST OF THE PRESENT CATALOGUE</h2>Available From Our Store, £10 + P&P<h2>DREAM NO SMALL DREAM: The Story of October Gallery<br>Available from our Book Store, £40 + P&P</h2>304 pages, full colour plates throughout. Edited by Gerard Houghton.
 

CURRENT EXHIBITION

13 October - 27 November 2021
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Profondeur d’identité 2 (Deeper into Identity 2), 2021.
Acrylic and oil on canvas, 170 x 150 cm.
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Mokangu 1901, 2021.
Acrylic and oil on canvas, 200 x 200 cm.
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga’s third solo exhibition will run simultaneously with 1-54 London 2021. This exhibition features a new body of work by Eddy Kamuanga.

In this new series, Eddy Kamuanga furthers his investigations of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s history by examining the effect of Catholic missions in the country from the end of the 19th century onwards. His large-scale figurative compositions offer insight into the colonial influence of such enterprise, and into the acts of resistance that it triggered.

Kamuanga continues to portray his subjects with bare skin replaced by intricate electronic circuitry. This references the components of our everyday modern devices, technology that could not exist without coltan, a substance mined at volume in the DRC, with great human and environmental cost.
 

FORTHCOMING EXHIBITION

Jordan Ann Craig: YOUR WILDEST DREAMS

2 December 2021 - 29 January 2022
Jordan Ann Craig, Nothing Is Enough For You, 2021.
Acrylic on canvas, 152 x 140 cm.
Jordan Ann Craig, Berry Baby; From Cheyenne Bag , 2020.
Acrylic on canvas, 114 x 5 x 114 cm.
Your Wildest Dreams is Jordan Ann Craig’s first solo exhibition at October Gallery. Northern Cheyenne artist Jordan Ann Craig creates paintings, prints and textile works which are an exploration of existence, time and space woven from cultural memory and epiphany. This exhibition presents a newly completed series of reimaged hard-edge paintings, which are based on Cheyenne cultural design and autobiographical observation.

Craig draws inspiration from Indigenous textiles, beadwork, pottery and landscapes. Her work shares personal stories through abstraction, colour and rhythm. She engages past, present and future to depict Indigenous design through a contemporary lens. Craig creates new narratives within her work while celebrating her ancestors and Indigenous land.
 

 

NEWS, EVENTS & RECOMMENDATIONS


Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga
Ghost of the Present Catalogue
Available Now.
£10 + P&P
The catalogue to accompany Eddy Kmuanga's Ghost of the Present exhibition at October Gallery is now available. 32 page soft cover with an essay by Jean-Sylvain Tshilumba Mukendi & Sorana Munsya.
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga
New Limited Edition
Prints Released
To accompany Eddy Kmuanga's Ghost of the Present exhibition we've released a new set of limited edition giclée prints.
Image: Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Loss of Power 2, 2021.
Edition of 25, Giclée print, 42 x 46 cm.
Gallery Kitchen
Now Open!
We are excited to announce that Gallery Kitchen, run by the same management team as Clerkenwell Kitchen, will be serving delicious seasonal dishes at October Gallery.

Being a sustainable company is absolutely central to Gallery Kitchen's ethos. "We are passionate about the quality of produce that we use and know that highest quality comes from small scale and artisan producers who share our commitment to traditional farming methods, animal welfare and fair trade."

Gallery Kitchen is now open, Tuesday - Friday lunchtimes.
London and Accra over three decades – in pictures
(The Guardian, 11 March 2021)
James Barnor’s career as a studio portraitist, photojournalist and black lifestyle photographer spans six decades, recording major social and political changes in London, UK, and Accra, Ghana. His forthcoming Serpentine gallery exhibition, Accra/London: A Retrospective, focuses on the period 1950-1980, selected from more than 40,000 available images.
James Barnor: London/Accra – A Retrospective is at the Serpentine, London, from 19 May 2021
(subject to government guidelines)
James Barnor,
AGIP Calendar Model, 1974.
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga named in Apollo Magazine 40 Under 40 Africa
The accolade celebrates artists, thinkers, business leaders and advocates who have pioneered arts from Africa and the Diaspora.

You can view Eddy's artist page here
Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, Mémoire Fragile 1, 2020.
Acrylic and oil on canvas, 200 x 200 cm
James Barnor receives Honorary Fellowship from The Royal Photographic Society
James Barnor is amongst the luminaries of the photography world being honoured for their innovation and outstanding contributions to the photographic medium. Now in its 142nd year, the RPS Awards consist of eighteen categories that cover art, science, education, film and publishing.
Photo: Jonathan Greet, 2016.
How El Anatsui Broke the Seal on Contemporary Art
(The New Yorker. 11 Jan 2021)
Read Julian Lucas' piece for the
New Yorker on El Anatsui

"His runaway success began with castaway junk: a bag of bottle caps along the road. Now the Ghanaian sculptor is redefining Africa’s place in the global art scene."

From the touring exhibition Triumphant Scale to Anatsui's studio in Nsukka, Lucas explores the artist's life, process and works in incredible depth
Photo: The New Yorker

 

VISTING OCTOBER GALLERY

Bloomsbury, London

October Gallery has been instrumental in bringing to worldwide attention many of the world’s leading international artists, including El Anatsui, Rachid Koraïchi, Romuald Hazoumè, Nnenna Okore, Laila Shawa and Kenji Yoshida. The Gallery promotes the Transvangarde, the very best in contemporary art from around the planet, as well as maintaining a cultural hub in central London for poets, writers, intellectuals and artists, and hosts talks, performances and seminars, see www.octobergallery.co.uk/events

The rich diversity of art presented is an inspiration to collectors and enthusiasts. Institutions such as the British Museum, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany; Neue Galerie, Kassel, Germany; Setagagya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan have all collected works from October Gallery.

Founded in 1979, October Gallery is a charitable trust which is supported by sales of art, rental of the Gallery's unique facilities, grants from various funding bodies and the active support of dedicated artists, musicians, writers and many friends from around the world. The Gallery’s Education Department is inclusive of all ages from under 5’s to PGCE student and delivers a wide range of provision, see www.octobergalleryeducation.com

October Gallery is open from 12:30 to 17:30 pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
The Gallery is closed during official holidays and the entire month of August.