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SHOWROOM

JANUARY 2022 NEWSLETTER


Haig Aivazian, All of your Stars are but Dust on my Shoes, film still, 2021. 
Commissioned as part of The Consortium Commissions, a project initiated by Mophradat. Courtesy of the artist.


Dear Friends,

Happy New Year from us all at The Showroom!
 
We reopen our doors later this month and look forward to welcoming you back. Join us on Tuesday 25 January for the preview of All of your Stars are but Dust on my Shoes, the first solo exhibition in the UK of artist Haig Aivazian.

The exhibition's opening week is followed by a special online screening programme, Streams of Memories, curated by Culture Art Society (CAS) at the culmination of their research residency with The Showroom at Metroland Studio, Kilburn. The programme runs throughout the last weekend of January.

We would like to take a moment to thank our communications partners, Pelham Communications and the Arts Marketing Association, who awarded us a one year bursary to AMA this year. We are grateful to them and to all of our partners, collaborators, neighbours and audiences near and far – we look forward to 2022 with you all.

The Showroom team

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UPCOMING EXHIBITION



Haig Aivazian, All of your Stars are but Dust on my Shoes, film poster, 2021. Commissioned as part of the Consortium Commissions, a project initiated by Mophradat. Courtesy of the artist.
Opens Tuesday 25 January 2022, 6.30-8.30pm
Continues Wednesday 26 January–Saturday 19 March
Wednesday–Saturday, 12-5pm

Book via Eventbrite: HERE

The Showroom presents All of your Stars are but Dust on my Shoes, the first solo exhibition in the UK of artist Haig Aivazian.

Bringing together new iterations of Aivazian’s long-term research surrounding surveillance strategies in public space, the exhibition includes a new presentation of the eponymous video essay, All of your Stars are but Dust on my Shoes, in which Aivazian opens up reflections upon the use of light to spot, invigilate and make visible; as well as its use as a tool to divert attention. 

Tracing the public administration of light and darkness as a policing strategy, the work focuses as much on where light is shed as on what is purposely left in the dark.



Haig Aivazian, Prometheus, film still, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

Presented alongside will be Aivazian’s recent visual essay Prometheus, 2019. Mobilising a mode of non-linear narrative address, the film draws geopoetic parallels between two events, both occurring in the early 1990s: taking the first Gulf War as one point of departure, and the presence of the United States basketball team - nicknamed the 'Dream Team' - at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona as another. The work presents paradigm shifts in hard and soft power, exploring how fire has been mobilised since its theft from the heights of Mount Olympus to its unleashing on the oil fields of Kuwait as Iraq withdrew in the face of the United States. Fire travels through the work as a protagonist; tracing the long history of technicity and its weaponisation.

​​All of your Stars are but Dust on my Shoes is commissioned as part of The Consortium Commissions, a project initiated by Mophradat. All of the Lights, the first presentation of Aivazian’s new project, was presented by The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago in 2021.

Access information: The Showroom has step-free access to our ground floor exhibition space via the entrance on Boscobel Street. Please
contact us in advance of your visit if you would like more access information. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Screening Programme: Streams of Memories


Barbara McCullough, Water Ritual #1: An urban rite of purification, film still, 1979. Courtesy of Barbara McCullough and Third World Newsreel

Friday 28 – Sunday 30 January 2022
Online 

Book via Eventbrite: HERE

Streams of Memories marks the culmination of Culture Art Society’s year-long research residency with The Showroom at Metroland Studio, Kilburn. The programme is free to attend, but booking is essential, after which you will receive a link and password to watch the films online throughout the weekend. 

The programme presents five experimental short films by S. Pearl Sharp, Barbara McCullough, Kym Ragusa, Omah Diegu and Martina Attille; exploring the ways in which these filmmakers weave and unravel stories, fears and hopes across the African continent and diaspora, between generations and over time.

Schedule: 75 minutes

Introductions - Awa Konaté, founder of CAS and Lily Hall, Curator at The Showroom, 10 minutes
S. Pearl Sharp, Back Inside Herself, 1984, 4 minutes
Barbara McCullough, Water Ritual #1: An urban rite of purification, 1979, 6 minutes
Kym Ragusa, Demarcations, 1992, 5 minutes
Omah Diegu, African Women, U.S.A., 1980, 20 minutes
Martina Attille, Dreaming Rivers, 1988, 30 minutes

With special thanks to each of the filmmakers and to distributors Cinenova, Third World Newsreel, UCLA Film Archive and LUX.


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Reading Group: Streams of Memories 


Barbara McCullough, Water Ritual #1: An urban rite of purification, film still, 1979. Courtesy of Barbara McCullough and Third World Newsreel

29 January 2022, 2-4pm
at The Showroom

Please note that the reading group is currently fully booked, however there is a waiting list which you can add your name to, by booking via Eventbrite:
 HERE

Organised in relation to the Streams of Memories online screening programme curated by CAS, the reading group will draw on the essay Why Black Cinema? by the late poet Toni Cade Bambara, to reflect upon and respond to the five experimental short films in the programme.

The group builds upon CAS’s ongoing work to both explore and host discussions framed by the intersectional relations between contemporary art practice and Black literary theory. This space of co-learning, convened in collaboration with The Showroom, is a coming together of peers in dialogue and reflection over the wider transmissions, critical artistic interventions, knowledge production and cultural genealogies to which these Black women cultural workers in the Streams of Memories programme – S. Pearl Sharp, Barbara McCullough, Kym Ragusa, Omah Diegu and Martina Attille – all belong.

Toni Cade Bambara's text will be shared by email following confirmation of your booking. Separate booking for the online screenings is required.

Access information: whether the reading group is held in-person or online, the session will be organised to include breaks. Please
get in touch if you have questions or require any access information in advance.

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