RouteTrue to London-style commuting, my route brings you from East to West, ending up North - all in one afternoon.[Read my full route description below]
True to London-style commuting, my route brings you from East to West, ending up North - all in one afternoon.
After a decadent English breakfast at E.Pellicci on Bethnal Green road we start at Nicoletti, formerly a nomadic curatorial project, whose exhibition wavelengths - the second chapter of a three part series - continues the gallery’s longstanding interest the relationship between climate change, colonialism and identity politics. Highlights include the brilliant Chilean artist Patricia Dominguez, Silver Lion award winner Ali Cherri and Karrabing Film Collective, a membership group of Aboriginal filmmakers whose practice acts as a conduit for the fight to return to their ancestral lands.
Moving onto Aldgate East to visit the lively Union Pacific, a gallery known for cultivating young talents, where emerging Libyan artist Nour Jaouda’s expansive tapestries, dyed, stitched and layered, narrate a story of migration and belonging.
Jumping West, it’s time to pop into the ever-rigorous Rodeo, for the solo of Nour Mobarak whose work moves between sound, music, sculpture and language. With its twinned programme linking the gallery’s two spaces in London and Athens, Mobarak’s operatic installation ‘Dafne Phono’ will soon follow at the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus in Athens this summer (keep your eyes peeled for this!).
A few minutes walk away is Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, another treat - whose thoughtful programme offers intergenerational connections alongside The Box, a micro project space measuring 45 x 45 x 45cm. Qualeasha Wood’s first European solo with a new body of work across tapestry and sculpture is a feast for the eyes, yet simultaneously a reckoning of the erasure and exploitation of Black femme body.
Lastly, make the route North West to Willesden Junction to end up at Harlesden High Street, a BIPOC experimental space with programming and community outreach, ranging from DJ sets, workshops to exhibitions and residencies. A new site specific installation by Vietnamese painter Minh Lan Tran engages audiences with the chance to participate. Put your feet up at Carmel in the heart of Queen's Park to round off the day and enjoy a well-earned drink and mezze.