What does it mean to be a guest or a host when notions of otherness and belonging are being challenged today? GHOST is a cultural response to this complex picture. Through the exhibition and events, contributors and audience alike are invited to re-imagine what these roles mean to them.
GHOST is a multidisciplinary month-long programme of events and exhibition at Guest Projects, Yinka Shonibare’s London residency space. It is funded by Arts Council England and other supporters from Europe and Morocco. GHOST will exhibit nine commissioned works of emerging artists from the UK, Morocco and France. Up and coming London based artists like Alix Marie will exhibit alongside artists such as Hicham Gardaf, who have never shown in the city before. A surrounding programme of performances, lectures, workshops and screenings invites audience and participants alike to reflect on what it means to be a guest or a host at a time when notions of otherness are being challenged and the global community faces issues around home.
The program kicks off with Salam London, a video installation by the cultural space from Marrakech, Le 18, showcasing video pieces, short films and documentaries which contemplate a range of subjects from the politics and poetics of gender, Arab/Moroccan identities, and the territories and dynamics of migration, mobilities and labour.
The exhibition, opening on 27th October, showcases nine commissioned works from North African and European artists. Their works are poetic responses to GHOST, with some observing social-political concerns and others touching on our intimate experiences of the exploration into the roles of guest and host. The works also converse through the mediums of sculpture, video, text and installation.
GHOST is curated by the the Marrakech based curatorial collective Mint Works, founded and run by Florence Devereux, Jean Feline and Taïs Bean. Since 2013 the collective has been working between London, Marrakech and Paris, producing experimental cultural programmes.