Christian Nyampeta, Camden Arts Centre, London
This exhibition and new film commission by Rwandan-born Dutch artist Christian Nyampeta follows his residency at Camden Arts Centre earlier this year. The film reflects on the boundaries of language, following a writer attempting to complete a novella at a time when existing words are subject to copyright. Scenes from the fictional novella were filmed on location in Nyanza, with Nyampeta collaborating with students at a boarding school for orphans of the Rwandan genocide to produce the scenes. The work is presented within an installation which Nyampeta describes as a ‘hosting structure’, encompassing murals, furniture constructions and a dossier documenting the process of the exhibition.
Until 14 January 2018, www.camdenartscentre.org
Haroon Mirza: For A Partnership Society, Zabludowicz Collection, London
Zabludowicz Collection’s 2017 Annual Commission is with London-based artist Haroon Mirza and his studio, hrm199, and includes a series of performances within an exhibition that mixes art, architecture, sculpture, sound and music. Mirza has created a new installation, Pathological Theology, which incorporates five existing works from the gallery’s collection by Steven Claydon, Rachel Maclean, Sonny Sanjay Vadgama, Stan VanDerBeek and Mirza’s own work, Adam, Eve, Others and a UFO.
Until 17 December 2017, www.zabludowiczcollection.com
Waqas Khan, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester
Lahore-based Waqas Khan‘s drawings are the result of painstaking, meticulous mark making. Inspired by patterns of biological organic growth and also by the lives and literature of Sufi poets, he enters a trance-like state when producing the drawings. Using small dashes and minuscule dots, his large-scale, monochromatic works are composed of either red, blue, white or black ink. This exhibition features small-scale drawings, a large-scale floor-based work, and specially commissioned pieces.
Until 25 February 2018, www.manchesterartgallery.org
Kim Yong-Ik, Spike Island, Bristol
Throughout his 40-year career, Kim Yong-Ik has been preoccupied with how avant-garde art might engage with society. Working during a turbulent period of dictatorship and struggle for democracy in South Korea, he famously exhibited boxes of his paintings as a stack after being invited to be part of the ‘Young Artists Biennial’ in 1981. This show traces Yong-Ik’s development, from the early 1970s through to his ‘polka dot’ paintings of the 1990s, and concludes with his ‘Coffin’ series – works that are shown with their wrappings and crates still intact.
Until 17 December 2017, www.spikeisland.org.uk
Christopher Bucklow, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
Somerset-based artist Christopher Bucklow is known for exploring a theme through multiple platforms and his work is held in many major international public and private collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Guggenheim and the Victoria & Albert Museum. This exhibition combines photographic works from his ‘Guest’ series –featuring a cast of characters drawn from his circle of acquaintances – with paintings and drawings made over the last 10 years, exploring the connections between the two.
Until 13 January 2018, www.southamptoncityartgallery.com
1. Christian Nyampeta, Words after the World (film still), 2017. Courtesy the artist
2. Haroon Mirza, Adam, Eve, others and a UFO, 2013. Photo: courtesy Lisson Gallery
3. Waqas Khan, Doors (detail). Courtesy: the artist and Sabrina Amrani Gallery
4. Kim Yong-Ik, Aerial Burial, 2015. Photo: Nathing Studio; Courtesy: the artist, Ilmin Museum of Art, Seoul and Kukje Gallery