5 May - 11 June 2022
“…that most nomadic of all qualities,
the ability to think in diverse and divergent ways.”
- Anthony Sattin
Nomadic Resonance celebrates the launch of Anthony Sattin’s latest book, Nomads: The Wanderers Who Shaped Our World, by highlighting the broad ranging diversity of work by such artists as El Anatsui, Brion Gysin, Romuald Hazoumè, Rachid Koraïchi, Alexis Peskine, Sylvie Franquet, LR Vandy and Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher.
The exhilarating works included in the show will feature: a new, large-scale work by El Anatsui, who first coined the term ‘nomadic aesthetic’ to indicate the breadth of topological freedoms exhibited by his bottle cap sculptures; examples of scriptorial abstractions by Brion Gysin, which - situated somewhere between Japanese and Arabic calligraphic glyphs – still somehow manage to map the extraordinary freedom of spirit practised by this legendary artist; three, poignant, large vases, from the Lachrymatoires Bleues series, created by Rachid Koraïchi under intense ‘lockdown’ conditions during the pandemic in Barcelona, in 2020; and iconic ‘masks’ made by Romuald Hazoumè from recuperated objects. It was Hazoumè who explained how Yoruba tradition demanded that each aré - or true artist - must travel around and settle amongst other peoples, creating for and learning from them - before again moving on. Each of the ‘itinerant’ artists selected strikes unique resonances from the nomadic aesthetic that Anthony Sattin weaves so eloquently into the pages of his remarkable, new book.