An exhibition that explores the agency of artistic revisits to history.
By Way of Returns rethinks the ways in which historical narratives are constructed through artistic practices that uncover and perform unfulfilled potentials of the past. Specific to the areas of New Cross and Deptford in Southeast London, this project looks into the local histories that have been contested with issues surrounding migration, race, gentrification and the neoliberal system. It examines the normative model of historical writing, which is predominantly top-down, statistics-dominated and heroic-figure-centred, and challenges the notion of history being stratified state-of-beings.The artists work to interweave the practices of archival, field and genealogical research with affective components such as personal recollections, sensorial perception and fictional re-imaginings. Through video, performance and mixed-media installation, their works delineate alternative paths in reaching back to the past, to contemplate its relevance in the current society.
Artists | Ting-Ting Cheng, Ross Hammond, and abirdwhale | Kakinoki Masato
Graphic Design by Wu Pei Chi
Curated by I-Ying Liu
A zine that presents the curatorial research behind By Way of Returns while bringing the participating artists in conversation to elaborate on the making of their works and how their practices respond to and re-consider the conception of history. All are more than welcome to pick up a copy at the exhibition.
Artist Bios |
Ting-Ting Cheng graduated from MA Photographic Studies at University of Westminster and MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College. Cheng is interested in revisiting history through interpreting archival and found materials to explore the interplay of politics, race, and culture. Cheng has held solo shows at Taipei Fine Art Museum and galleries in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Spain and London.
Ross Hammond works with performance, installations and moving image. With a biographical component that has been intensified, he looks into the ideas of spatial manifestations of memory, blind spots of representation and the idea of place in connection to our own histories or cultural legacies. Hammond graduated with an MFA from Goldsmiths University in 2019. He has exhibited and screened works at Seventeen Gallery, Deptford X, Room 9 Gallery and Wandsworth Arts Festival in London.
abirdwhale | Kakinoki Masato is an artist, researcher, musician, film music composer/producer and vocalist who conducts research-based art practice. His interests span the present and future of love and sex, food culture, and their interplay with historical narratives. From 2018 to 2019, he was a visiting artist and postdoctoral researcher at CRiSAP, LCC, University of the Arts London. He completed a PhD in Music with the project of audiovisual digital music performance at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2017.
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