A Laboratory for Survival: Cole Ndelu & Dimple B. Shah

31 Oct 2019 – 21 Dec 2019

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The Art House and The Royal Over-Seas League are pleased to present A Laboratory for Survival, an exhibition of new works by artists Dimple B. Shah and Cole Ndelu, curated by Sunil Shah.


The artists have been in residence for two months, living and working in The Art House’s purpose-built facilities.

About the exhibition

The current social and political conditions have the ability to undermine our resolve and break our spirit. In the gallery, a makeshift laboratory is presented as a site for self-reflection and care. Artists Cole Ndelu and Dimple B. Shah arrive in Wakefield as artistic explorers from afar, they bring with them experimental approaches and metaphysical ideas that may help us.

Ndelu addresses intimacy and close personal relations through photography. She works with layers of materiality and extends the photographic plane beyond its two dimensions. Her work suggests a re(disc)overy of the self in light of disembodiment brought about by our social and online personas.

Shah offers techniques and rituals through nature, materials and alchemy. Processes of healing and self-care can be meditated upon through her responses to Wakefield’s surroundings and through processes carried out in The Art House’s printmaking workshop. Her work is finally realised in the lab, and during performances where she takes shamanistic form offering public consultations on self-preservation.

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Cole Ndelu

Dimple B. Shah


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