5 things to do in London, June 2017

By Kate Perutz

Kate Perutz gives five great tips for things to see and do this June.


Sergei Loznitsa

Tate Modern

Wed 14 June 2017, 18.30 - 21.00

Using mostly hidden cameras, Sergei Loznitsa’s newest documentary film, Austerlitz, follows the movements of tourists around the sites of Nazi concentration camps. The result is a stark reflection on ‘dark tourism’ and an exploration of how we can and should interact when visiting sites of historic atrocities. According to Loznitsa, ‘The reason that induces thousands of people to spend their summer weekends in the former concentration camp is one of the mysteries of these memorial sites … To try to come to grips with this, I made this film.’ The film’s stripped back aesthetic and minimal dialogue allow the viewer the psychological space to reflect on the complicated relationships between memorial place, commemoration, truth and spectacle. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the artist and audience Q&A.

Read more: tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern...

The fin comes a little early this siècle

Jerwood Space, London

Fri 9 June 2017, 19.00 - 21.00

Still from Alex Culshaw, Egremont Red, 2017.
Still from Alex Culshaw, Egremont Red, 2017. Courtesy the artist.

As part of the Jerwood Staging Series, Lauren Houlton curates an evening of performances by Alex Culshaw, Faye Green, Guy Oliver and Richard Whitby. These artists’ works are linked by the common thread of their individual explorations of re-enactment. Rather than trying to slavishly recreate experiences these artists address the myriad of factors that create an historical memory. Through these acts of returning to an event from different angles and assessing its component parts they are able to unpack the evasiveness of memory to create new spaces for reinterpretation.

Read more: jerwoodvisualarts.org/events/jerwood...

‘I’ Statements


Sun 4 June 16.30 - 20.00

Paul Wong, VIGIL 5.4 (2010), 8:29. Vigil performance by Rebecca Belmore (2002).
Paul Wong, VIGIL 5.4, 2010, 8:29. Vigil performance by Rebecca Belmore, 2002. Video still courtesy of Vtape.

Canada-based curator Erik Martinson presents a programme of work of First Nations moving image. The presentations take place amid the exhibition Reading Patterns by Montreal-based artist Kim Kielhofner and will be followed by a discussion between Martinson, Kathryn Siegel and Carly Whitfield about the traditions and future paths of Canadian artists’ moving images. Works featured are by Shelley Niro, Thirza Cuthand, Mike MacDonald, Wanda Nanibush, Rebecca Belmore and Paul Wong, Ehren Bear Witness Thomas, Danis Goulet, Dana Claxton and Adam Garnet Jones.

Read more: lux.org.uk/event/i-statements

David Batchelor


Matt’s Gallery

Wed 26 April - Sun 11 June 2017

David Batchelor, Psychogeometry (2017).
David Batchelor, Psychogeometry, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Matt's Gallery. Photo: by Jonathan Bassett.

This exhibition, showing painted wooden sculpture and the artist’s first wall drawings, marks David Batchelor’s inaugural exhibition at Matt’s Gallery. The works explore the dichotomies between dark and light, pigmentation and blackness, and ultimately the relationship between two and three-dimensional form. The wall drawings are the distillation of ten years of smaller works on paper, depicting sharp black geometrics against a cloud of neon fluorescence. These can be read as a flat mirror of the large, back-lit sculptures Batchelor is known for. Here the colour scheme is deliberately urban, its palette drawn from manufactured city lights glowing their brightest in the night.

Read more: mattsgallery.org/artists/batchelor...

Syria: A Conflict Explored

Imperial War Museum

Until Sun 3 September 2017

The Exodus (2015-2016) by Sergey Ponomarev.
The Exodus, 2015-16. © Sergey Ponomarev for the New York Times. Lesbos, Greece, 27 July 2015.

London’s Imperial War Museum’s current exhibition aims to help visitors gain an understanding of the origins, escalations and human impact of ongoing war in Syria. The extensive programme includes Sergey Ponomarev’s A Lens on Syria, the Russian documentary photographer’s first UK show which brings together two recent series of photographs - Assad’s Syria, 2013-14 and Exodus, 2015-16. Running alongside this exhibition is Syria: A Story of Conflict, an introduction to the conflict through the personal stories of affected Syrians, as well as a video series featuring the exhibition’s co-curator, Dr. Christopher Phillips, titled Why Is the Syria Conflict So Complex? Over the course of the show the creative collective Anagram will lead a series of events including debates and tours while acting as the museum’s artists-in-residence.

Read more: iwm.org.uk/exhibitions/iwm...

Kate Perutz is Head of Operations for Artworks London.

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