The banner on the wall of the Pavilion depicts a work Ice Pick Nick Fisherman from 1979 by artist Karl Wirsum (b.1939, USA), who collected toys and puppets. This work is inspired by his collection. They are small hand-made wooden puppets, with wooden handles for the puppeteer to hold. They depict fisherman, who used ice-picks to fish. The puppets are part of our How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s exhibition, which features works by 14 artists whose distinctive and lively visual style would go on to influence some of the most important artists of the 20th century. Many of the works were inspired by the artists’ love of everyday items such as comic books, amusement arcades and advertising, with no hidden meaning.
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The De La Warr Pavilion extend our biggest congratulations to Tai Shani for making the 2019 Turner Prize shortlist.
Shani’s artistic contribution to our spring exhibition, Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, Act 2 and her continued support of our extended programme of events have been invaluable in the exhibition’s success. The Pavilion is thrilled to once again have the privilege of bringing Turner Prize-nominated work to our visitors.
From Turner Contemporary’s shortlist announcement:
For her participation in Glasgow International 2018, solo exhibition DC: Semiramis at The Tetley, Leeds and participation in Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance at Nottingham Contemporary and the De Le Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea. The jury noted the compelling nature of Shani’s ongoing project Dark Continent, particularly the work’s ability to combine historical texts with contemporary references and issues.
Developed over four years, it takes inspiration from a 15th-century feminist text, Christine de Pizan’s The Book of the City of Ladies. Shani uses theatrical installations, performances and films to create her own allegorical city of women populated by fantastical characters, transporting the viewer to another time and place.
Co-curator of Still I Rise, Cédric Fauq, on why Shani’s work was included in the exhibition: “Tai Shani’s work has that potency to shift the aesthetic vocabulary often attached to contemporary feminist practices. Not only her work appeals to the eyes, but it also has that haptic quality, it makes you want to touch. What I find particularly compelling is how this better leads you to focus on the stories she is telling. More than a realm, Tai’s body of work creates a whole cosmos. One where white patriarchy got swallowed by a black hole.”
“These are models for a structured, tragic play about my family.
These are sites for myth making and the collapse of myth into prosaic materials both natural and synthetic.
These are her bodily remains.
These are cryptic; they are spell books, to be read literally but with profound belief.
These are maquettes for never closing, hedonistic nightclubs, where we can lose our minds.
These are a symbolic portrait of a time-travelling mystic. These are an aerial drone view of archaeological sites of unknown civilisations, from the very far past of the very far future.
These are dwellings for my cat Oedipuss.
These are a faery corpse.
These are a medieval vision of the soul as resembling a castle, formed of a single diamond or a very transparent crystal, and containing many rooms, just as in Heaven there are many mansions.
These are airports for extra-terrestrials my parent’s sibling said when they saw them.
These are portraits for ghosts to come into our world, they can be summoned here.”
Dark Continent (Phantasmagoregasm), 2018
“Phantasmagoregasm is an 18th-century hermaphrodite writer of Gothic fiction. Many of the early Victorian prominent gothic writers were women that wrote under their own names, or under psychonyms, arguably establishing the horror genre. That character that appears in this exhibition is one of twelve from my Dark Continent project. They are interpretations of women that, at different points in history, had access to a public life and selfrealisation under supernatural and mystical terms.”
The De La Warr Pavilion’s 2019 exhibition programme begins on February 9 with Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, Act 2. Over 50 artists, designers, architects and archives are brought together in conversation across time and space to consider resistance from a gender perspective, spanning the 19th century to the present and beyond. Co-curated with Nottingham Contemporary where Act 1 opened last year, the exhibition is recalibrated for Act 2 to focus on architecture, design and the politics of space.
Act 2 includes: Fanny Adams, Jane Addams/Hull-House, Amina Ahmed, Alice Constance Austin, Xenobia Bailey, Glenn Belverio (Glennda Orgasm), Micha Cárdenas, CARYATIDS (Chicks in Architecture Refuse to Yield to Atavistic Thinking in Design and Society), Carolina Caycedo, Judy Chicago, Phyllis Christopher, Jackie Collins and Pat Garrett, Jamie Crewe, Blondell Cummings, Dyke Action Machine!, Feminist Land Art Retreat, Guo Fengyi, Carl Gent, Eduardo Gil, Kaveh Golestan, Gran Fury, Rachael House, Charlotte Johannesson, Jesse Jones, Corita Kent, Donna Kukama, Suzanne Lacy, Ellen Lesperance, Zoe Leonard, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Mary Lowndes, Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative, Louise Michel, Ad Minoliti, Okwui Okpokwasili, 0rphan Drift, Lucy Orta, Brenda Prince, Tabita Rezaire, Lala Rukh, Zorka Ságlová, See Red Women’s Workshop, Tai Shani, Terence Smith (Joan Jett Blakk), Linda Stupart, Ramaya Tegegne, Gille de Vlieg, VNS Matrix, Jala Wahid, Faith Wilding, Zadie Xa, Osías Yanov.
Opening the same day, Hayv Kahraman’s solo exhibition Displaced Choreographies brings together painting, drawing, sculpture and performance in an exploration of migrant consciousness. A recurrent female figure evokes shared histories between women, particularly women of colour, combining the artist’s personal history with “stolen” references including European Renaissance imagery, Iranian and Japanese miniature traditions.
The De La Warr Pavilion is the lead partner in OUTLANDS, the new national touring experimental music network; it will present a new commission, Ecstatic Material, by Keith Harrison and Beatrice Dillon on February 15.
Visit OUTLANDS Network for information.
The Chicago Imagists influenced some of the most important artists of the 20th century. Their first UK show in almost 40 years, How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & ’70s opens on June 15 and features paintings, objects, drawings, prints and ephemera, highlighting the artists’ individual styles, shared references and moments of connection. The show features 14 artists: Roger Brown, Sarah Canright, James Falconer, Ed Flood, Art Green, Philip Hanson, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Ed Paschke, Christina Ramberg, Suellen Rocca, Barbara Rossi, Karl Wirsum and Ray Yoshida. Organised by Hayward Gallery Touring in collaboration with the De La Warr Pavilion and Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art.
Our summer programme celebrates and interrogates the legacies of the Bauhaus in our First Floor Gallery. Events, workshops, performances and conversations will explore Bauhaus methodologies of “thinking through making,” and how these might continue to be useful. The programme is underpinned by a new commission by Lauren Godfrey, whose sculptures often take the form of domestic scaled objects, quasi-furniture and the almost-useful. In partnership with UCL.
The autumn season begins on September 28 with a major new commission by Mikhail Karikis. It emerges from a year-long residency at Project Art Works, working with people who have complex support needs. Continuing his ongoing enquiry into social and political agency and the power of nonverbal communication, Karikis’ commission will respond to Project Art Works’ charter of rights for those with complex needs. Part of Project Art Works’ Explorers 2019 co-commission programme.
Occupying the First Floor Gallery will be an exhibition of new ceramic and tapestry works by Renee So, created during a residency at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation organised as an open call celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus. So’s work often contains fictional personas, borrowed from ancient ritual masks, military and aristocratic portraiture. During her residency she will be paying particular attention to women of the Bauhaus.