Encompassing a great range of social backgrounds and ethnicities, that this shared experience connects so many people is perhaps significant as an area of common ground in a time when division is being emphasised by politicians and media.
To ensure a range of perspectives we have invited curators, writers, artists and collectors connected with this field to feed into artist research and text. We would like to thank David A Bailey (photographer, writer, curator, lecturer, co-curator of the Diaspora Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale), Ying Tan (curator at the British Council, previously curator at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester), Osei Bonsu (curator & writer), Huma Kabacki (curator specialising in Turkish modern & contemporary, and Central Asian art), Larry Achiampong (artist), Jasleen Kaur (artist), Annie Jael Kwan (curator, researcher & writer) and Niru Ratnam (curator & writer) and all of the artists who have contributed in various ways to the process of realising this exhibition.
We have learned and gained a great deal in the open process of putting this exhibition together. Beyond references to the concept of Third Culture and Homi K. Bhabha’s ‘Third Space’, the exhibition's title also nods to the pedagogical practice of the same name for its aim to create greater trust and understanding through a shared activity. Specifically, this theory aims to reduce hierarchy in the process of transferring knowledge.
Opening Wednesday 12 September, 6 - 9pm
runs 13 September - 26 October 2018 at Copperfield, London
Following this introduction, is the result of an online conversation in text that helped shape and unpack the exhibition. Read it here: http://www.copperfieldgallery.com/common-third.html