25 July – 29 August 2020, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
Preview: Saturday 25 July, 12–7 pm
‘In the meantime, water had begun to dry up, a huge salt marshland had appeared. Last melted snow dried and froze into the first salt. The white in the horizon kept coming back again and again. The wide spreading line in the horizon that separates ground from the sky is the last hope of our senses. After walking a few kilometres in the salted barren land, the midday sky began to reflect on the ground and ground reflected it back to the sky again. This exchange went on again and again until the line in the horizon disappeared.
One falls unconscious, only to be rescued in the Rann by villagers who live nearby or border security forces who were patrolling the border area. When they asked the unconscious person: Where is he coming from and where is he going? He uttered: “He is coming from point ‘A’ going to point ‘B’. Back in the village there are rumours about a terrorist in the Raan, who can say anything like a mad person”.’
‘Crust’, Goutam Ghosh’s first exhibition at Tanya Leighton, brings together a body of work that was inspired by the artist’s recent trips to the salt marshes of the Rann of Kutch, in India. In his paintings, sculptures and films, Ghosh synthesises ways in which humanity understands the world — through geology, myth and systems of measurement. His poetic approach does not seek answers, so much as provide a space for further reflection.
11 – 13 September 2020
Gallery Weekend Berlin
Christine Roland and Kara Hamilton
At Kurfürstenstraße 156
Preview: Friday 30 October 2020
Site-specific installation at Henry Art Gallery
University of Washington, Seattle
11 June 2020 – 7 February 2021
Suzanne Hudson, World of Art: Contemporary Painting, Thames & Hudson
Olomouc Triennale 2020: The Universal, curated by Gina Renotière
Diversity United. Contemporary European Art
Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
11 November 2020 – 21 February 2021
Undo Things Done Exhibition Tour
Senedd, National Assembly for Wales
26 July – 9 September 2020
Masculinities: Liberation through Photography
Barbican Centre, London; Luma Foundation, Arles, and Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, established in 2008, is dedicated to developing a cross-disciplinary, trans-generational gallery programme with off-site projects, in collaboration with artists, filmmakers, critics, art historians, and curators. Its international exhibition programme reflects a variety of opinions and practices as well as Leighton’s associations with American and British experimental cinema, artist’s film and video, performance, minimal and conceptual art.
Director: Simon Gowing
Director: Patrick Armstrong
Gallery Manager: Melanie Isabel García
Finance Manager: Stefan Schuster
Tanya Leighton GmbH
Kurfürstenstraße 156 & 24/25
1–29 August 2020
Open Wednesday – Saturday
11am – 6pm and by appointment
Road Back To Relevance
15 March – 10 June 2016, NOMAS Foundation, Rome
Nomas Foundation is pleased to present Road Back To Relevance the first institutional solo show by Dan Rees in Italy. The exhibition gives insight into the artist’s practice over the last decade. Through paintings, videos, installations and photography, Road Back To Relevance brings together groups of works that have never been viewed simultaneously and reveals the complex nature of Rees’ research.
Underpinning much of Rees' conceptual body of work is an examination into aspects of Britain’s cultural and social demise since the 1970's. The exhibition reveals issues of taste in relation to class and broad political discourses surrounding the working classes, or more specifically, as described by Antonio Gramsci, the importance of 'organic intellectuals' in creating social change.
The show's title Road Back To Relevance refers to a slide presentation made by the artist in collaboration with an advertising strategist and designer. The work questions how various modes of social engagement can remain relevant today by charting the course of a specific solidarity campaign started in the 1980s, between Wales and Nicaragua. The campaign exemplifies activism before the Internet age; the central question the work poses is how pre 'clicktivist' methods of activism can help shape international solidarity.
The slideshow format is utilised once more in the work, Stimulate Surprise, 2015, which presents an advertising agency’s vision for the relaunch of a 'forgotten food', edible seaweed, and its potential to become the next consumer must-have. Stimulate Surprise is presented in conjunction with an ambitious new work titled, A Misunderstood Weed, 2016, an installation of a domestic scale seaweed farm, grown in IBC tanks. The political dimensions of Rees’ ongoing investigation into edible seaweed stems from the fact that it is considered by many scientists a viable option for helping solve global food shortages and yet remains a largely unexplored resource in the West. Ingrained in Rees’ work is the acknowledgment of the ambivalence of politics towards such suggested alternative possibilities.
The sculptural work, The Artist's Artist's Artist, 2016, a lump of plasticine, spinning on a record player, presents a wry introduction into Rees' painting works on display. Presented for the first time together, Rees' Artex paintings are exhibited along side the photographic documentation of the paintings in their owner's homes. The series of photographs Intended Circulation, 2013 - ongoing, the migration of the Artex pattern through different social signifiers, (from a council flat to collector's walls), completing the conceptual cycle of the work.
With the generous support of: Arts Council of Wales