PEER FORUM at Cubitt
The PEER FORUM selected for Cubitt consists of: Larry Achiampong, Beverley Bennett, Appau Junior Boakye-Yiadom, Evan Ifekoya, Shepherd Manyika, Jade Montserrat, Ima-Abasi Okon and Nicola Thomas
Larry Achiampong’s practice uses sound, live performance and imagery to explore representations of identity in the digital age and the dichotomies found within a world dominated by facebook/tumblr/youtube-based cultures. He crate-digs the vaults of history, splicing audible and visual qualities of the personal and interpersonal archive-as-material – offering multiple dispositions that reveal the socio-political contradictions in contemporary society. Achiampong has exhibited, performed and presented projects within the UK and abroad including Tate Britain/Modern; London, David Roberts Art Foundation; London, Modern Art Oxford; Oxford, New Art Exchange; Nottingham, SAVVY Contemporary; Berlin, and Bokoor African Popular Music Archives Foundation; Accra.’
Beverley Bennett’s practice revolves around drawing and the perpetual possibilities it possesses. Acts of play evolve into ritualistic, performative, labour intensive actions that generate a greater understanding of the processes of making, allowing the ‘visual’ to become secondary. Current works involve collaborative experiments with sound. Bennett’s work has been shown nationally and internationally; venues include the Bluecoat Actions, National Portrait Gallery, Radicals and Non-Conformists, Arena Gallery, Process, Unit Gallery, Hong Kong, Residue, National College of Arts Lahore, Slice, and Siena Art Institute, Italy, Drawing Connections. Beverley Bennett lives in London and received her MA in Fine Art from Middlesex University, in 2009.
Appau Junior Boakye-Yiadom’s multi –media practice predominantly draws upon lens based materials. Using archive that include video footage, images, text and recorded sound, alongside ready-made objects, creating a mixed media instillation where both past and present material form a live performance. Boakye Yiadom graduated from Royal Academy Schools 2008 and lives and works in London.
Evan Ifekoya is an interdisciplinary artist, exploring the politicisation of culture, society and aesthetics. Appropriated material from historical and contemporary archives makes up the work. Central to this practice is an exploration into the ways that collaboration might take place.
Shepherd Manyika is a London based artist who works with mixed media, drawing and creating narratives from found images. His interests are in representation, identity and the social aspects of life. He recently completed a residency at the Royal Academy School of Arts, which was followed by an exhibition. Shepherd also works with the South London Gallery and Central Saint Martins Art’s delivering workshops. Shepherd Manyika completed a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins in 2011.
Jade Montserrat is an UK based research-led artist with a BA in The History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and an MA in Drawing from Norwich University of Art. Studio practice, as one of the resident artists, was based at Crescent Arts, Scarborough, between Nov 2011 and May 2014. Crescent Arts collaborated with Bob and Roberta Smith on The Art Party Conference and Film where the performance of Shadowing Josephine, the first iteration issuing from her Rainbow Tribe project was premiered. Working collaboratively, Montserrat curates Press Room, a project investigating news creation through expanded acts of visual reportage. She is currently working on a body of water-colours for exhibition in 2016.
Ima-Abasi Okon graduated from the Communication Design MA at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. In 2013 she was awarded Print Fellowship at The Royal Academy Schools in London. Her recent solo show The Fountains Are Decorative And Are Not Water Play Areas, 2014 was the result of a two week micro residency at Supercollider Contemporary Art Projects, Blackpool. Selected group exhibitions include Atomic Pictures, Paris, 2015 , Navigation:Urban Dialogues, The Red Gallery, London, 2014, Arena, Centre of Contemporary Art in Torun, Poland, 2014, Onsite, Temporary Art Projects, Southend 2013— selected by Andrew Hunt and Mike Nelson and Onto The Breach…, Lokaal 01, The Netherlands, 2013.
Nicola Thomas is an artist whose interests include the transmission of affect upon an audience, whether through performance, film, or sound; and the use of appropriation as a means of disruption, re-interpretation, and re-evaluation of the past. Her work has been shown throughout the UK and internationally. Recent exhibitions and screenings include Night of the Museums, Moscow, 2015; Art 15, London, 2015; and the artist film programme for Art Basel Miami, 2013. Two more of her films will be included in this year’s film programme for Art Basel Miami, 2015. She graduated with an MA from the Royal College of Art in 2013, and prior to that in 2011 completed her BA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins.
The above artists will be in conversation alongside an invited selection of artists, curators and other cultural producers.