With works by Yoko Ono, Tania Bruguera and the American film director David Lynch, the visual arts strand of this biennial festival’s eighth edition is varied and ambitious. Fisun Güner reports.
A member of the influential Blk Art Group in the 1980s, Claudette Johnson’s exhibition ‘I Came To Dance’ at Modern Art Oxford features 30 works on paper by the artist, spanning four decades from the ’80s to the present day. Fisun Güner discusses her work then and now.
The artist Richard Billingham came to prominence in 1996 with the photo series Ray’s a Laugh, which documented the chaotic life of his alcoholic father and violent mother in a Black Country tower block. Now he’s made a feature film, Ray & Liz, about his early family life. Fisun Güner talks to him.
French-Moroccan artist Bouchra Khalili is known for her deeply researched film installations that explore discourses of resistance against a legacy of colonialism and imperialism. Fisun Güner discovers what motivates her films and why exhibiting in galleries resonates with the ancient Moroccan tradition of Al-Halqa – storytelling in a public space.
The Belgian artist who came to prominence in the early 2000s with her eerily unsettling horse sculptures takes a new direction with the large-scale works for her current show at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. Fisun Güner talks to her about animal pelts, moulding wax and J.M. Coetzee.
The eighth edition of the international Artes Mundi Prize exhibition at National Museum Cardiff features five shortlisted artists from five different countries. Fisun Güner reports from the Welsh capital.
This year’s exhibition at Tate Britain is dominated by film from all four nominees – Forensic Architecture, Naeem Mohaiemen, Charlotte Prodger and Luke Willis Thompson. Fisun Güner applauds a strong shortlist and compelling exhibition.
The Newcastle-born artist’s current exhibition at Baltic in Gateshead consists of a labyrinthine sculptural installation that is visually arresting and teeming with narrative. Fisun Güner talks to the 2018 Hepworth Sculpture Prize nominee about making work that reflects life outside the art world’s “pool of middle-class light”.
Imran Perretta’s film 15 days focuses on the refugee situation in Calais and Dunkirk and is the result of his Jerwood/FVU Awards commission. He explains to Fisun Güner how the film came about and how his move into art making was shaped by the 2008 financial crisis and an aborted career in architecture.
Designed by David Chipperfield Architects and costing £56m, the Royal Academy’s newly renovated Burlington Gardens site opens to the public today. Fisun Güner finds that even the toilets are elegant and sculptural.
Southampton’s John Hansard Gallery has a new home in a brand new building in the city’s ‘Cultural Quarter’ and its first major show is a Gerhard Richter retrospective that draws extensively from the Artist Rooms collection. Fisun Güner is impressed by the art, ambition, and some of the architecture.
Rachel Howard’s paintings reference an unstable and violent world, drawing on political events and the devastation of war. With two current London exhibitions at Blain Southern and Newport Street Gallery, Fisun Güner talks to the artist about what inspires her work and how her early experience painting spots for Damien Hirst influenced her approach.