The India Club: Utopia

19 May 2016 – 22 May 2016

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0700-2300 daily

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Hotel Strand Continental

London, United Kingdom

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Specular Assembly, a group of artists dealing predominantly with photography, take over The India Club on the Strand for their 2nd site-specific project, a satellite event of Photo London.


‘The India Club’ is the second iteration of a site-specific visual arts project initiated by Specular Assembly in 2015.

Inspired by the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s Utopia, nine artists have created work in response to the theme of utopia, along with the history and geography of this unusual space.

The Hotel Strand Continental sits between Somerset House and Waterloo Bridge. An unassuming door off The Strand leads to The India Club bar and restaurant, founded in 1946 by V.K. Krishna Menon, the first Indian High Commissioner to the UK. The building was a hub for political activity and its rich history is still apparent in the unique interiors, which have changed little since opening. The works will be exhibited across the hotel’s public areas, blending in with the eclectic decor.

A series of related talks will be held throughout the show, details of these will be announced shortly.


Ben Cave

Leon Chew

Andrew Curtis

Will Jennings & Nivik Gautam

Katja Mayer

Lee Milne & Mike Brooks

Minna Pöllänen


Specular Assembly

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Katja Mayer

Nivik Gautam

Lee Milne

Mike Brooks

Andrew Curtis

Minna Pöllänen

Will Jennings

Ben Cave

Leon Chew

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