Kanbi Projects, the London based Curatorial and Art Advisory practice specialising in artists from Africa and the diaspora, and The Koppel Project are pleased to present Untangling the Perils that Tangle Us, a group exhibition showcasing twelve artists, working on and off the continent, whose expressions engage the complexities of blackness as the world emerges from a global pandemic.
Curated by Adeola Arthur Ayoola of Kanbi Projects and Jumoke Sanwo, founder of the Revolving Art Incubator (RAI) in Lagos, Nigeria, Untangling the Perils that Tangle Us features some of the most exciting emerging artists of African descent including Nigerian artists Kehinde Awofeso, Julius Agbaje, Adesina Adegboyega, Odinakachi Okoroafor, Anne Adams, Chiderah Bosah; US based artist Austin Uzor; Canada based artists Chukwudubem Ukaigwe and Iyunade Judah and UK based artists Hannah Uzor, Tobi Alexandra Falade, and Paul Majek.
Kanbi Project’s fifth exhibition is conceived as a liminal space in history. The exhibition through the practice of the participating artists seeks to present an unburdened yet authentic idealised imagery of the black lived experience either to re-imagine historical gaps and erasures, challenge contemporary narratives or to create alternative futures, one that transcends the current view on race, nationality or national belonging and offers a more diverse transnational, transcontinental and transcultural perspective.
The title of the show is inspired by Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book ‘Between the World and Me’ (2015), who writes “I recall that even then I had not yet begun to imagine the perils that tangle us.” In his book, the author speaks of the ‘plundering of the black body’ from an African-American perspective including police brutality and institutional racism.
Untangling the Perils that Tangle Us seeks to reframe blackness through a visual dialogue and exchange of ideas and perspectives and features multidimensional works in painting, photography, video and sculpture. Accompanied by a soundscape produced by Nigerian-based Osemwengie Ekunwe and Joe Ekunwe, the exhibition is a collaboration with The Koppel Project and is proudly supported by the Arts Council England through the National Lottery Project Grants.
The private view will kick off with the UNTANGLING BLACKNESS Panel with Lisa Anderson (moderator); Jumoke Sanwo; Hannah Uzor; Hanou Amendah.
About Kanbi Projects
Kanbi Projects specialises in contemporary art by artists of African descent or from the global Diaspora. Founded in 2017 by Adeola Arthur Ayoola as a nomadic curatorial practice, the project pivoted in 2020 to champion a small group of exceptional emerging and mid-career artists. Kanbi Projects adopts a collaborative ethos. Together with the cohort of artists and other partners we collaborate with, we present an innovative and ambitious curatorial programme - physical and online. Through our exhibition projects and publications, we seek to facilitate the dissemination of artistic research and diverse practices addressing relevant social issues of the Black lived experience. Kanbi Projects delivers its projects through a network of project spaces and partners.
About The Koppel Project
The Koppel Project (est. 2016) is an arts charity based in central London (Charity Registration Number 1171650). We aim to support early and mid-career artists by offering subsidised, central, communal studio spaces. We also run gallery and event spaces, both pop-up sites and more long-term white-wall galleries. In addition to hiring these spaces out to, we also run an in-house exhibition programme and provide funding and logistical support for the staging of exhibitions by early career artists and curators. The Koppel Project is also committed to exploring innovative education solutions, working with a number of partners from across the arts and cultural sectors to hypothesise, experiment, and hopefully help re-invent traditional systems of learning.
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Untangling the Perils that Tangle Us is supported by Arts Council England