5 things to do in London, May 2017

By Ned McConnell

Ned McConnell gives five great tips for things to see and do this May.

France-Lise McGurn: Archaos

Alison Jacques Gallery

5 May – 25 June 2017

France-Lise McGurn, Dialing tone for the restless, 2017.
France-Lise McGurn, Dialing tone for the restless, 2017. Oil, Acrylic, spray paint and marker pen on canvas 81.5 x 78 cm. © France-Lise McGurn, courtesy Alison Jacques Gallery.

As the inaugural show for their upstairs gallery space, Alison Jacques Gallery presents a new series of works by France-Lise McGurn. The exhibition comprises paintings on canvas and site-specific wall paintings. McGurn draws from her archive of collected imagery found in film, art, advertising and television as well as her interest in mural painting to work directly onto the gallery walls. The show takes its title from a 90s era club in central Glasgow. Through her loose associations to time and place, McGurn fractures and displaces her subject matter.

Read more: alisonjacquesgallery.com

Even Dust Can Burst Into Flame

Arcade

10 May – 3 June 2017

Jeremiah Day, Performance Notation: November 13, 2015 (Through Public), 2015.
Jeremiah Day, Performance Notation: November 13, 2015 (Through Public), 2015. Indian ink on paper 48 x 66 cm. Courtesy of Arcade, London.

By presenting works as ‘events’, the exhibition addresses how and why we might consider non-time-based artworks as temporal. Works by Anna Barham, Kit Craig, Jeremiah Day and John Latham investigate the existence of artworks in between the events they materialise and the interpretations they point toward - between past and future.

Read more: arcadefinearts.com

Am Nuden Da: Retrospective

CHELSEA Space

26 April – 26 May 2017

Am Nuden Da: Retrospective. Installation view at CHELSEA Space, London 2017.
Am Nuden Da: Retrospective. Installation view at CHELSEA Space, London 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

Bringing their sprawling practice to CHELSEA Space, artist collective Am Nuden Da present RETROSPECTIVE by invitation of Hana Noorali and Lynton Talbot. Their work incorporates writing, curating and publishing, often created in collaboration with other artists, which begs the question: what would a retrospective of theirs look like?

Read more: chelseaspace.org

Houses are really bodies: escape, defiance and friendship in the writing of Leonora Carrington

Cubitt

28 April – 4 June 2017

Houses are really bodies: the writing of Leonora Carrington, installation view, Cubitt Gallery, London, 2017.
Houses are really bodies: the writing of Leonora Carrington, installation view, Cubitt Gallery, London, 2017. Photo: Mark Blower, courtesy of Cubitt Artists.

Leonora Carrington is the subject of the first exhibition of Helen Nisbet’s Cubitt Curatorial Fellowship. Born in England, the artist spent most of her life in Mexico and was widely recognised as one of the last remaining participants of the Surrealist movement until her death in 2011. She was also a writer and founding member of the Mexican Women’s Liberation Movement. The exhibition explores the Carrington's writing and the ideas and matters that emerge from this work. The exhibition is designed with vPPR Architects and visitors are brought together in a collective moment, to hear excerpts from her most famous stories with readings by Maggi Adams; Chloe Aridjis; Simeon Barclay; Kristian Cooper; Laure Garrard; Maike Hale-Jones; Jasleen Kaur; Lorraine O’Grady; Heather Phillipson and Angharad Williams.

Read more: cubittartists.org.uk

Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Maureen Paley

28 April – 28 May 2017

Lawrence Abu Hamdan, This whole time there were no land mines, 2017, installation view.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan, This whole time there were no land mines, 2017, installation view. 1:1 video loops on monitors with sound. Maureen Paley, London 2017 © Lawrence Abu Hamdan, courtesy Maureen Paley, London.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan has produced an exhibition based on a continued research into sound as a political entity, the voice, sound architecture and the impact they have within conflict zones in the Middle East. These disturbing works reveal some of the inner workings and horrors being exacted on people in the region. Gathering data and testimonies, he displays digital models of inaccessible prisons in Syria, where an estimated 13,000 people have been executed since 2011, alongside a new work of mobile phone footage and audio recordings of Palestinian protestors from Syria breaking into Israeli territory.

Read more: maureenpaley.com

Ned McConnell is a curator based in London and contributing editor to Artworks London Editorial.

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