Marguerite Humeau and Otobong Nkanga Exhibition Opening
Friday 14 October, 6.30pm - 11pm.
Marguerite Humeau has described herself as an “Indiana Jones in Google times.” The London-based French artist's work embarks on epic quests in time and space. FOXP2 is her first major solo show in the UK.
Humeau's new works grew out of conversations with zoologists and other experts. One sound installation takes the form of a “choir” of 108 billion voices, re-enacting the moment when a gene – FOXP2 – mutated, allowing our ancestors to develop language. This leads on to what Humeau calls a “biological showroom” of elephants, engaged in an elaborate mourning ritual. The installations take us back to the origins of life, while also imagining a future without us.
The Encounter That Took a Part of Me
Huge tapestries, performances, drawings and installations trace all kinds of different botanical and geological histories in Otobong Nkanga’s work. This is the Antwerp-based Nigerian artist’s first solo show in this country.
The exhibition is made up of two site-specific installations. One, a new commission, is a constellation of museum display cases, a vast wall drawing and a large two-part tapestry. Next door Nkanga has created a new version of her installation Taste of a Stone, which brings the natural world into the gallery to create a landscape of boulders, pebbles, trees and other plants. This environment for contemplation is inhabited by local storytellers, musicians and dancers, as well as visitors. All are invited to share memories and moods
6.30pm - 11pm, Galleries open until 9.00pm
Free, booking required
The exhibition opening is followed by a party until 11pm featuring live music and DJs. You can grab a bite to eat from Cafe.Bar.Contemporary who will be serving a selection of delicious street food. Free cocktail (FCFS).