Unexpected: Continuing Narratives of Identity and Migration

17 Feb 2016 – 24 Apr 2016

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Monday: 13:00 - 17:30
Tuesday to Frinday: 10:00 - 17:30
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00

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Ben Uri Gallery and Museum

London, United Kingdom


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Ben Uri continues to tell the story of identity and migration with its new exhibition Unexpected, juxtaposing our own collection ( Auerbach, Frankfurther) with contemporary migrant and refugee artists.


Unexpected: Continuing Narratives of Identity & Migration brings the Ben Uri into the present day. Having recently completed our centenary show Out of Chaos at Somerset House we return to our own gallery space with invited guests.

After our 100 years of exploring identity and migration in London it is time to open our doors to the next generation of migrants and refugees, with an exhibition run in collaboration with Counterpoint Arts

Expect to see a juxtaposition of works from our permanent collection including Frank Auerbach and Eva Frankfurther with invited artists offering a contemporary response across a range of practices and media. They include Behjat Omer Abdulla, Güler Ates, James Russell Cant, Ana Cvorovic, Juan Delgado, Tam Joseph, Joyce Kalema, Jasleen Kaur, Fowokan George Kelly, Jessica Marlowe, Edwin Mingard, Eugene Palmer, Zory Shahrokhi, Salah Ud Din and others.

Both individually and collectively, the featured works touch on themes of journeys, displacement, loss, memory and identity, evoking powerful and sometimes unexpected juxtapositions and responses.

By visiting this exhibition you are not only supporting the artists involved but you are also supporting our vision. Your support will allow us to relocate to a central London location, a permanent monument to past, present and future generations of émigré artists.


Sarah MacDougall

Exhibiting artists

Jessica Marlowe

Eva Frankfurther

James Russell Cant

Edwin Mingard

Behjat Omer Abdullah

Ana Cvorovic

Zory Shahrokhi

Frank Auerbach

Joyce Kalema


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