AboutHYBRID LIVES brings together five artists who explore issues related to hybridity through their practice. The show presents Photography, video, and sculpture based work which reflects the complexities of identity, belonging, memory and migration within a globalised world. No two artists share the same cultural history but as a group they find a common goal in trying to broaden the conventional multicultural perspective.
Andrew Esiebo: Living Queer Africans is a photographic portrait series of resilient African gay men. Andrew Aseibo's explores the living spaces of his sitters to thoughtfully present the problems faced by people marginalised by wider Nigerian society. Do their spaces represent fear, duel identities, struggle, hope or freedom?
Sayed Hasan: I know it's hard to understand reflects upon home movie footage taken during the remembrance of Muharram during a family visit to Pakistan. When a village of Shiite Muslims stop to mourn the martyrdom of the prophet Muhummad's grandson, Hasan feels deeply conflicted between not believing and wanting to participate. The complexities of identity and belonging are contemplated in his video installation.
Riikka Kassinen: The House My Father Built is based on the idea of âa museum of memories and identities'. The work explores the visual fabric of Kassinen's family home in Finland through the architectural floor plan and the memories the house carries within. Using collage she transforms visual and emotional information into fragments of reality where the meaning is neither fixed nor universal.
Yasuyo Miyake: Cherry Trees and Green Tea Cherry Trees is a tender photographic portrayal of Miyake's family presented as a family tree. The intimacy of everyday life is documented against the Japanese landscape during a transitional phase in Miyake's life, set between the times she has lived in England.
Karl Obulo: In My Mother's Clothes is an intimate photographic portrait series that focuses on multicultural relationships and the perception of inherited identity. The series is inspired by visual memories of the artists' mother in her Nigerian clothes. The artwork sees the artist construct similar portraits of his Finnish partner by dressing her in his mother's traditional clothes then repositioning her in urban isolated spaces.
Note: Artist talks will be held on Saturday the 12th February 2011 from 1pm 3pm in the Lecture Theatre at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery.
Please Contact the gallery curator David Waterworth for further information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel: 020 8331 8260
Monday to Friday 10am 5pm
Saturdays 11am 4pm