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Latifa Echakhch at NMNM

Latifa Echakhch : Le Jardin Mécanique Latifa Echakhch presents a new installation conceived specifically for the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco – Villa Sauber. Curated by Célia Bernasconi, the exhibition combines references to the development of modern Monte-Carlo – such as the construction of the Opéra Garnier and the luxuriant gardens of exotic plants – with the artist’s own impressions and childhood memories. Latifa Echakhch was born in El Khnansa (Morocco) in 1974. Shortly after, her family moved to Aix-les-Bains (France) where her father worked for the Casino Grand Cercle, with its prestigious theatre. Important aspects of her childhood were the natural landscapes that inspired some of French poet Lamartine’s most beautiful writing and the discovery of the theatre backstage area and machinery. Invited by the NMNM to create new work for her exhibition, Latifa Echakhch selected details from the paper-set models designed by Alphonse Visconti, the decorator of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo from 1903 to 1924, which she then produced as stage sets. The exhibition space presents an artificial landscape composed of fragments from …

Effet de Miroir

Effet de Miroir (Mirror Effect) is an exhibition featuring works by Saïd Afifi, Elisabeth Ballet, Sammy Baloji, Robert Barry, Cecile Bart, Fouad Bellamine, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Philippe Cazal, Roberta Gigante, Véronique Joumard, Jinsun Lee, Guy Limone, Hamid Maghraoui, Anthony McCall and Mengzhi Zeng. Curated by Nadine Gayet-Descendre, the exhibition seeks to highlight the interdisciplinarity that is more and more present in contemporary. It also reflects the curator’s interest in architecture. The project bridges a creative dialogue between emerging and confirmed artists. The works were selected to engage with, and as a response to, French artist Philippe Cazal’s Compacités that are neither paintings nor sculptures, neither a stated concept nor words but are all of this at the same time. The series is made of words, chosen by the artist, which letters are interlocked to embody both a unique visual reality and a secret symbolism; uttered but hidden as a single image, as an allegory of meaning. In addition to addressing questions of space, if not of architecture, the pieces in the exhibition are interwoven by poetics …

Sonia Boyce: Retrospective

Manchester Art Gallery presents the first retrospective exhibition by artist Sonia Boyce. Focusing on work from the mid-1990s to the present the exhibition will reflect Boyce’s move from her earlier drawing and collage which explored her own position as a black British woman, towards more improvised, collaborative ways of working. These unpredictable, open processes have been documented through a range of media including photography, film and wallpaper. The gallery has also commissioned Boyce to make a new collaborative live work for the exhibition. New commission Sonia Boyce is fascinated by ‘what people do when they come together’. She is currently working with the gallery team and invited collaborators, including Lasana Shabazz and drag artists from Family Gorgeous, to make a new work, Six Acts, a night-time group takeover of the gallery exploring ‘gender trouble’ among the gallery’s 19th century painting displays and wider culture. This new commission will be made into a film installation and shown for the first time in the exhibition. Other works on display For You, Only You, 2007 is a film of …

Lubaina Himid, A Fashionable Marriage, 1986 [detail]. Mixed media installation. Courtesy of the artist and Hollybush Gardens, London. Installation view, The Place is Here, Nottingham Contemporary, 2017.

Lubaina Himid: Hard Times

Lubaina Himid, A Fashionable Marriage, 1986 [detail]. Mixed media installation. Courtesy of the artist and Hollybush Gardens, London. Installation view, The Place is Here, Nottingham Contemporary, 2017.   The Harris Museum in Preston is presenting an exhibition by 2017 Turner Prize winner and Preston-based artist Professor Lubaina Himid MBE.  The exhibition is entitled Hard Times, a title chosen by the artist in reference to Charles Dickens’ eponym novel inspired by his visit to Preston during the workers’ Lock-out of 1853. At the heart of the display is A Fashionable Marriage (1987), Himid’s reworking of Hogarth’s painting. Visitors can walk through this theatrical setting and its passionate challenge to the hypocrisy of the art world and Eighties society – ideas that remain relevant thirty years on. Her installation Bone in the China: Success to the Africa Trade (1985) asks ‘where are the memories … of black people’s lives’? Inside the Invisible (2002), seen for the first time in the UK, gives voices to the patients excluded from society in a now abandoned Norwegian leprosy hospital. Each of the 40 small paintings is a different pattern …