event 'Reproduction' art exhibition opens at London's Ugandan High Commission
May 6, 2016
'Reproduction' art exhibition opens at London's Ugandan High Commission
11th July-5 August 2016
Uganda House, Ugandan High Commission, 58-59 Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DX.
Open to the public by appointment only
Open: Monday to Friday 9.30-4.30pm
Five African and western artists stage a bold and brave group show focused around fertility and reproduction to open at Uganda House in London's Trafalgar Square this summer. It promises to raise questions about procreation and multiplicity, as well as promote black artists and undiscovered Ugandan contemporary art.
Kate Parsons, Jon Buck, Steve Hurst and Uganda-based artists Lilian Nabulime and Peter Oloya will show new work in response to the theme of reproduction in the Ugandan High Commission's 'Rainforest' gallery. The aim of the show is to promote transcultural tolerance and celebrate an exchange between Uganda and the UK.
The curator Kate Parsons, completed a residency at the Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation in Uganda, which sparked the idea for a London exhibition. Kate is a Bristol-based artist belonging to Spike Island studios and working for Pangolin Editions. She is showing two pieces of sculpture,
'Yam Wall', a large 3 metre long, 2 metre high installation of 400 phallic-shaped yam fruits cast in plaster and housed in metal gabion cages. The other piece is 'Muramura', made of bronze and featuring yams patinated with local earth symbolising fertility contrasted with an upside down Muramura plant traditionally signifying death.
Ugandan sculptor Peter Oloya, a former child soldier in the Joseph Kony Lord Resistance Army, has used his art to recover from the horrors of war he experienced. For this show he presents 'No Glove No Love', advocating the practice of safe sex to protect against AIDS.
Lilian Nabulime's 'Soap Family', made of real soap, is composed of male and female diseased reproductive organs. The embedded 'seeds' and cowry shells are traditionally linked with fertility and the soap models hint at purification and the disastrous effect of AIDS on families.
Jon Buck, represented by Gallery Pangolin, displays some of the most colourful and eye-catching pieces in the exhibition, 'Papilliform' and 'Large Proteform'. "I am particularly interested in the theories of sexual selection and signalling in the natural world and how these might relate or even run parallel to human cultural evolution, including the origins of the visual arts," he says.
Steve Hurst, who is a consultant in bronze casting and has travelled widely in Africa, is exhibiting the striking and explicit 'Snake Pistol' and 'Canon' playing on the opposites of destruction and procreation.
This exhibition follows a strong universal theme and brings together different perspectives on reproduction and sexuality. The curator, Kate Parsons says, “I am very excited about this ground-breaking exhibition. I chose these artists because they complement each other and we’ve produced a cohesive group exhibition that tackles hot topics in Uganda today. Thanks to the High Commission for hosting this month-long exhibition and taking the initiative to show controversial and important contemporary art.”
For more press information, high resolution images, interviews or an invite to the preview please contact the curator Kate Parsons on 01179396634, 07788784648, firstname.lastname@example.org.