Paper Geographies
This exhibition features 12 artists who use photography to explore the relationships between materiality and place. It includes documentary and appropriated imagery, performance and sculpture, moving image, analogue processes, digital and 3D animation, which ask the viewer to consider how the physicality of the photographic image impinges on our sense of place in the world. The works also address locations from China, India, Europe and the UK, and themes of globalisation, home, borders, migration, trade and the Anthropocene.
20 February – 25 April, Manchester Central Library, St. Peter’s Square, Manchester, M2 5PD

Bow Skills presents Her Art-Story
This event is part of a series of intimate conversations between invited female artists and curators intended to provide inspiration for artists to negotiate their own path in the art world or at the least have a greater understanding of female practitioners breaking new ground. Cathy Lomax, artist and gallerist, and artist Cathie Pilkington RA, will share how they developed their practice and professional career and offer straightforward advice.
22 February, Bow Arts Trust, 183 Bow Rd, Bow, London, E3 2SJ

Crying Shadows Flesh And Bone
Brian Mander’s solo exhibition reflects the artist’s developing friendship and understanding with asylum seeking Malawian refugee, Righteous Mposi. At the heart of the work on show here is an awareness of the mistreatment of people throughout Africa with the genetic disorder of the melanin system commonly known as albinism. Questioning whether cultural traditions and superstition is a hindrance to the acceptance of difference, sculpture, found objects, and ritual artefacts reveal the contrasting perspectives of the natural sciences which frame the condition as a disability, whereas indigenous knowledge and witchcraft dehumanises and commodifies it.
Until 7 March, The Surface Gallery, 16 Southwell Road, Nottingham

Shoko Taruma – STREAM
This show by Shoko Taruma features various analogous forms that ‘mirror the ever-changing flow of history’. Curved surfaces are covered in black Japanese lacquer, a natural paint, and medium which is 12,600 years old. Traditionally used for tools and the ‘vessels of daily life’, it is associated with decorations of magnificence, pride and power, and in statues of Buddha. This show celebrates the principle of ‘shadow’ and the flow of the medium.
Until 1 March, The Muse Gallery, 269 Portobello Road, London, W11 1LR

1. Polly Palmerini, Chimera, 2020
2. Her Art-Story
3. Crying Shadows Flesh And Bone
4. Shoko Taruma – STREAM

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