23 March 2017 – 25 June 2017
The Barbican presents The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945, the first major UK exhibition to focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to now – a field which has consistently produced some of the most influential and extraordinary examples of modern and contemporary design. Featuring over 40 architects, ranging from renowned 20th century masters and internationally celebrated contemporary architects to exciting figures little known outside of Japan, the exhibition celebrates some of the most ground-breaking architectural projects of the last 70 years.
At the heart of the exhibition is an ambitious and unprecedented full-size recreation of the Moriyama House (2005) by Pritzker-prize winning architect Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA). Visitors can weave in and out of the fully furnished units and garden, experiencing the remarkable house of Mr Moriyama in an immediate and physical way. Filling the other half of the Barbican’s lower galleries will be an eccentric and lovingly crafted Japanese tea house, commissioned for the exhibition from acclaimed architect, and highly respected historian of Japanese architecture, Terunobu Fujimori.
Friday 24th March 2017
Magnum photographer and publisher of Burn Magazine David Alan Harvey, will be in conversation with Magnum’s Digital Director Anne Bourgeois-Vignon and Rory Blain, Director of Sedition, to discuss the online space as a home for photography, for making, sharing, exhibiting, saving, following the launch of Magnum’s new digital publishing platform last July.
The speakers will tackle pertinent questions relating the implications of photography ‘living’ online; and what this means for photographers, publishers of, and consumers of photography. How can practitioners harness online communities to develop their practice and grow their audience? Where do we save and share our visual lives, and what does this mean for our visual literacy and memory?
The talk at the Barbican will be chaired by Aaron Schuman (curator, photographer and writer)
Until 17th September 2016
On the second floor of Autograph ABP, Shoreditch, Aida Silvestri hascreated an exhibition of works to raise awareness of the widespread practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The ‘Unsterile Clinic’ project sees Silvestri interview and photograph women in London who are among the 125 million living globally with the effects of female genital mutilation.
Silvestri captures the women in silhouette to protect their identity, and each photograph is overlaid with a hand-crafted vagina constructed out of leather. The sculptural photo-works are accompanied by text poems based on interviews conducted with participants whose personal testimonies provide harrowing insight into their experiences. Some have since undergone reconstructive or reversal procedures – which part-remedies the physical damage inflicted onto their bodies, yet the psychological and emotive scars remain in perpetuity.
4 February 2016 – 16 October 2016
This exhibition at the Wellcome Collection examines the perspectives from artists, psychologists, philosophers and neuroscientists to interrogate our understanding of the conscious experience.
Exploring phenomena such as somnambulism, synaesthesia, and disorders of memory and consciousness, the exhibition examines ideas around the nature of consciousness, and in particular what can happen when our typical conscious experience is interrupted, damaged or undermined.
‘States of Mind: Tracing the edges of consciousness’ features a series of changing installations. The final one is ‘Time Present’ by Shona Illingworth, from 19 July until 16 October.
The exhibition will also feature work by artists Carla MacKinnon, Louise K Wilson, A. R. Hopwood, Mary Kelly and Aya Ben Ron.
21st July – 23rd October 2016
William Eggleston is a pioneering American photographer renowned for his vivid, poetic and mysterious images. This exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery presents 100 works surveying Eggleston’s full career from the 1960s to the present day and is the most comprehensive display of his portrait photography ever.
Eggleston is celebrated for his experimental use of colour and his solo show at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1976 is considered a pivotal moment in the recognition of colour photography as a contemporary art form.
Also on display will be a selection of never-before seen vintage black and white prints from the 1960s. Featuring people in diners, petrol stations and markets in and around the artist’s home in Memphis, Tennessee, they help illustrate Eggleston’s unique view of the world.