18 APRIL – 25 MAY 2024</h2>
18 APRIL – 25 MAY 2024</h2>
<h2>GALLERY TALK:<br>Artists
Theresa Weber & Matheus Marques Abu<br>
in conversation with Curator Eleri Fanshawe</h2>
<h2>Aubrey Williams: Cosmological Abstractions, 1973–85<br>23 May 2023 – 2 June 2024 at
Tate Britain, London</h2>Photo: © Tate (Madeleine Buddo)<h2>LR VANDY: TWIST<br>
18 APRIL – 25 MAY 2024</h2>
<h2>ROMUALD HAZOUMÈ at the 60th Venice Biennale<br>
20th April – 24th November, 2024</h2>
Photo © Jacopo La Forgia.<h2>ROMUALD HAZOUMÈ at the 60th Venice Biennale<br>
20th April – 24th November, 2024</h2>
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18 April – 25 May 2024
LR Vandy, Twist, 2024.
Giclée print on Hahnemühle pearl paper 64 x 42.5 cm
Edition of 8 plus 1 artist's proof
LR Vandy, Dancing in Time: Vogue, 2024.
Sisal rope, wood and metal
40 x 28.5 x 23.5 cm
October Gallery is delighted to present Twist, the second solo exhibition by LR Vandy, which features a new series of sculptures created from a variety of ropes and other materials; one large-scale rope work, several smaller rope sculptures, a collection of photographic prints and further new works from the artist’s signature Hull series. The exhibition follows last year’s display of Vandy’s large-scale installation, Dancing in Time: The Ties That Bind Us, a five-meter-high rope sculpture commissioned for the International Slavery Museum’s Martin Luther King celebrations at Liverpool’s Canning Dock waterfront.

In 2022, Vandy relocated her studio to a site adjacent to the Ropery at Chatham Historic Dock Yard – an establishment which has preserved traditional rope-making, still using original machinery from the 19th century, of which the oldest dates back to 1811. This led the artist to explore the matter and properties of rope, as she began to delve into the material’s historical importance and symbolic implications.

This series of rope sculptures was inspired by Barbara Ehrenreich’s book, ‘Dancing in the streets’, which locates the phenomenon of ‘collective joy’ as central to the origins of dance. Other contributing sources can be found in hunting rituals and the African spirit dances that transformed into carnival masquerades in the African diaspora. The vital, energetic forms are composed by shaping and hand-sewing sections of rope together, before tying off and binding the loose ends with twine or copper wire. Other rope sculptures subtly integrate incongruous found objects: cogs, pipes, washers skipping-rope handles, etc. Vandy’s vivacious curvilinear sculptures challenge the typical representation of the female form –historically subjected to the male gaze – to provide a more positive depiction that associates female abstraction with empowerment.

Alongside these sculptures, a new selection of Vandy’s striking Hull series will be shown, exploring the trade significance of indigo. The artist draws upon traditional talismans, amulets and charms to transform these model boats into ‘masks’ adorned and animated with various materials including rope, fishing floats and feathers. By continuously experimenting with different materials, LR Vandy’s remarkable assemblages, on close examination, animate the field of contemporary sculpture with haunting echoes laden with insight into issues of continuing relevance today.


30 May – 29 June 2024
Matheus Marques Abu, O oceano oferece um reflexo mais íntimo de quem somos do que qualquer espelho (The ocean offers a more intimate reflection of who we are than any mirror), 2024.
Acrylic on canvas. 150 x 150 cm.
Theresa Weber, Stream Of Consciousness, 2024.
Silicone, foam clay, acrylic paste, varnish, beads, acrylic nails, mosaic stones on wood board, 200 x 160 cm.

Emergent Energies presents a selection of innovative artwork by: Theresa Weber, Matheus Marques Abu, Dafe Oboro, Gosette Lubondo, Eyasu Telayneh and Zana Masombuka. Comprising photographic works, paintings and sculpture, the exhibition highlights the vitality that each of these young artists brings to their work.
Theresa Weber's multi-media installations are an absorbing blend of cultural, historical and mythological references that reflect her conceptual approach to the ever-changing nexus of identity. Influenced by the writings of the Caribbean postcolonial theorist and poet, Édouard Glissant, she examines the complexities of cultural reinvention using motifs borrowed from nature. Her practice blurs the boundary between sculpture and performance.

The paintings of Matheus Marques Abu are influenced by his ancestry, spirituality and the daily lives of those of the African diaspora in Brazil. Focusing on the Atlantic Ocean as a site of memory, Marques Abu explores the interwoven colonial and Afro-Atlantic histories, by placing the sea, nature and the Ghanaian Adinkra ideograms as central figures within his work.

Working mainly in photography and film allows artist Dafe Oboro to explore a multifaceted approach to storytelling. Drawing upon fashion motifs and popular culture, Oboro uses sound and imagery to contemplate questions of masculinity, movement across time and space and the socio-political state of contemporary Nigeria.

Emergent Energies includes photographic works by Gosette Lubondo, a rising star of contemporary African photography. Lubondo’s contemplative photographs explore memory, time and heritage.

Eysau Telayneh creates captivating abstract paintings filled with his reflections on contemporary life in the vibrant cultural hub of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His passion for mathematics adds further impetus to the colours appearing in these paintings, which balance gestural strokes with geometric lines and forms to create dynamic compositions.

Lastly, photographic works by Zana Masombuka - a.k.a. ‘Ndebele Superhero’ - a South African visual artist will be shown. In her series entitled, 2009: Namba S’khambe, she explores the politics of a ‘seat at the table’ and how capitalism and inequity inform the dynamics of engagement for all institutional paradigms.




ROMUALD HAZOUMÈ at the 60th Venice Biennale
20th April – 24th November, 2024
Romuald Hazoumè has been selected as one of the four major artists to represent The Republic of Benin for the 60th edition of La Biennale di Venezia.

Entitled Everything Precious Is Fragile, this exhibition will explore the rich history of Benin, touching on themes such as the slave trade, the Amazon motif, spirituality and the Vodun religion. These themes are tied together by Benin's exploration of African feminism and pay tribute to women's versatility whilst envisioning a world where differences are seen as a source of richness and strength.

Acclaimed worldwide for his masks made from used plastic petrol cans, Romuald Hazoumè is an artist whose work is firmly rooted in Benin's social, political and cultural context and the globalized world.
Photo: © Jonathan Greet, 20016.
Gallery Talk:
Artists Theresa Weber & Matheus Marques Abu
in conversation with Curator Eleri Fanshawe
Saturday, 1 June, 2024
11am - 12:30pm. Entry Free
Join us for our next gallery talk with Theresa Weber and Matheus Marques Abu. The conversation explores the artists’ ideas, their practice and the new works presented in the exhibition Emergent Energies.
23 May 2023 – 2 June 2024
Tate Britain has dedicated a room to the work of Aubrey Williams, a significant aspect in the institution’s 2023 complete rehang of the world’s greatest collection of British art for the first time in 10 years.

Titled Aubrey Williams: Cosmological Abstractions, 1973–85, the display consists of paintings created in the 1970s and the 1980s, and explores Williams' involvement with ecology, cosmology, music and pre-colonial civilisations.

Visitors can now discover the galleries laid out chronologically, from the 1500s to the present day, with the relationship between British art and the wider world being a major theme throughout. Each solo exhibition room, devoted to major historic figures such as William Blake and John Constable amongst others.
Installion view of Aubrey Williams: Cosmological Abstractions, 1973–85 at Tate Britain.
Photo: Tate (Madeleine Buddo)



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