“Strange Days will consider how images shape memories while anticipating visions of what the future may hold,” explains The Store X. “Weaving together reportage and lyricism, the works on view blend images and sound into dreamlike compositions.”
Featured works include Kahlil Joseph’s Fly Paper (2017) – a deeply personal portrait of black cultural life in Harlem, which premiered at the New Museum in the fall of 2017 before making its European debut at The Store X Berlin earlier this year; John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea (2015) – an epic three-screen meditation on the ocean as an environmental, cultural, and historical force; Camille Henrot’s Grosse Fatigue (2013), in which a rapid succession and layering of images tells the story of creation; and Pipilotti Rist’s video and sound installation 4th Floor To Mildness(2016), a work that featured prominently in the artist’s celebrated 2016 New Museum exhibition.
Many of the installations will be making their UK debut, including Fly Paper, Vertigo Sea, 4th Floor To Mildness, Jonathas de Andrade’s O Peixe [The Fish] (2016) and Hassan Khan’s Jewel(2010).
Massimiliano Gioni shares, “We are thrilled to show in London some of the artists and works that have shaped and transformed the identity of the New Museum in the past ten years, since we moved to our new building on the Bowery. And it’s great to collaborate with The Store X and The Vinyl Factory, who have become such incredible forces in supporting artists in London and beyond.”
Strange Days is the third major exhibition commissioned by The Store X The Vinyl Factory.
In 2016, The Vinyl Factory presented audio-visual show Infinite Mix with the Hayward Gallery, featuring work by Martin Creed, Rachel Rose, Cyprien Gaillard and Kahlil Joseph.
Last year, The Vinyl Factory partnered with Lisson Gallery for multi-disciplinary exhibit Everything at Once, alongside four site-specific installations at its curated space The Store X: Arthur Jafa’s acclaimed Love is the Message, the Message is Death in collaboration with Serpentine Galleries, Ryoji Ikeda’s newly commissioned A/V artwork test pattern [N°12], Jeremy Shaw’s Liminals in collaboration with König Galerie, and Virgil Abloh and Ben Kelly’s Ruin.
Strange Days also follows Kahlil Joseph’s 2017 Shadow Play show at the New Museum, featuring his film Fly Paper, co-commissioned by the Vinyl Factory. The film made its European debut at The Store X Berlin’s new exhibition space.
An immersive 20-minute film installation, Fly Paper was inspired by the work of iconic jazz photographer Roy De Carava and his 1955 book The Sweet Flypaper of Life, which he co-authored with Langston Hughes.
Alex Eagle, Creative Director of The Store X shares, “we are huge admirers of the New Museum and are delighted to be partnering with them on Strange Days. Their rich and versatile programme of film and video art resonates with our own commitment to presenting multidisciplinary work, beyond the confines of traditional artistic practices.”