Pleasures of the Gaze

27 Nov 2015 – 8 Feb 2016

The Exhibitionist Hotel

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • South Kensington
  • The Exhibitionist is an easy London Underground journey from all of the major train stations in London, and particularly close to London Victoria. We’re a short walk from South Kensington station.

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The scene of a hotel lobby serves as the paramount location for the old-age pleasure of people watching. But how do we indulge ourselves in looking, watching, observing?


After Nyne Magazine are pleased to announce the debut of their curatorial practice.  Pleasures of the Gaze, curated by Luciana Garbarni, launches this November at The Exhibitionist Hotel

The boutique hotel, located in South Kensington, has homed works by the likes of Banksy, Damien Hirst, Le Gun, Sir Peter Blake thus seeing its rise as a contemporary art profile throughout the summer under the careful eye of in-house curator Vestalia Chilton. 

Now, Luciana Garbarni brings together a roster of world-class artists for the conceptually charged show, including the likes of Lauren Baker (who recently exhibited at the Club at The Ivy) Hollywood-based photographer Tyler Shields, and CASS Art Prize Winner Jean Luc Almond. 

Ms Garbarni says 

"Pleasures of the Gaze captures my fascination with the very act of looking and what it says about us as a culture. The show starts in the hotel lobby,  a scene that serves as the paramount location for the old-age rapture of people watching.

Then we branch out into the further areas of the hotel which takes us even further into the theme. Each artist has been carefully hand-selected for their idiosyncratic ability to challenge the eye, as well as appeal to it in what solving these challenges will reveal." 

The exhibition questions what keeps us looking, whether it's just plain voyeurism or if every double-take relates to an aspect rooted a little more introspectively. Without over analysing any one viewer's taste or preference, each piece stands to be concerned with the outward as well as the inward attitude to allure. Extending pleasure beyond mere amusement and into intrigue: the outcome is to leave all present with a sense of anticipation, both entrapping and emancipating spectators as they are at once beckoned and enchanted.

Claire Meadows, Founder of After Nyne, says:

‘We’ve been extremely impressed with previous shows at The Exhibitionist. It’s really making its mark as the place to be to see the work of rising, and established artists. I’m thrilled with Luciana’s approach to the space and plans to be exhibiting the there. I hope that our vision makes for an entertaining and thought-provoking show.’ 

-Exhibiting artsists-

Ant Pearce

Dickson Kaloki 

Jean Luc Almond 

Karis Knight 

Lauren Baker 

Mairi-Luise Tabbakh


Tyler Shields

Pleasures of the Gaze launches with a Private View on November 26th. To RSVP or request further information including interviews and photographs, contact Veronica West-Gray, Communications Assistant at veronica@afternyne.com 


Luciana Garbarni

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