‘Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions’ by Athi Patra Ruga

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce that Athi-Patra Ruga will host a solo exhibition at the Somerset House in the UK. The exhibition ‘Athi-Patra Ruga: Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions’ will open on the 4th of October in the Terrace Rooms of the South Wing, and run until the 7th of January 2019.

New and rarely seen works from the internationally renowned South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga.”

“In his first major solo UK exhibition, Ruga brings three recent series of work together for the first time to unveil a surreal, mythical utopia, filled with a collection of extraordinary characters. Showcasing his diverse practice, from drawings and sculpture to film and photography, plus beautiful hand-crafted petit point tapestry, the exhibition immerses visitors in Ruga’s vibrant world – an allegory of post-apartheid political, cultural and social systems, and a shimmering vision of a more humanist future.”

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Michele Mathison at Frieze Sculpture 2018

WHATIFTHEWORLD is please to announce that Michele Mathison has been selected to participate in Frieze Sculpture 2018 in London.In place from 4 July to 7 October 2018, Frieze Sculpture is located in the English Gardens of The Regent’s Park. Entrance to Frieze Sculpture is free to the public.

Frieze Sculpture will return to The Regent’s Park for three months this summer, featuring works by 25 contemporary and modern artists presented by world-leading galleries. Selected and placed by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park), Frieze Sculpture will create an exceptional cultural attraction at the heart of the city, for Londoners and international visitors alike.

Frieze Sculpture will bring together 25 artists from five continents, including: Larry Achiampong, John Baldessari, Rana Begum, Yoan Capote, James Capper, Elmgreen & Dragset, Tracey Emin, Tim Etchells, Rachel Feinstein, Barry Flanagan, Laura Ford, Dan Graham, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Bharti Kher, Kimsooja, Michele Mathison, Virginia Overton, Simon Periton, Kathleen Ryan, Sean Scully, Conrad Shawcross, Monika Sosnowska, Kiki Smith, Hugo Wilson and Richard Woods.

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Lungiswa Gqunta at The Showroom

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce that Lungiswa Gqunta will be presenting new works from her residency at Gasworks at The Showroom. The exhibition, titled Women on Aeroplanes will take place from the 3rd of October 2018 until 29 January 2019. The exhibition will open at The Showroom (63 Penfold Street
London NW8 8PQ) at 18h00 on the 2nd of October.

“The Showroom and The Otolith Collective will raise these questions in a curatorial format in the London iteration of Women on Aeroplanes – an international multi-part research and exhibition project, which loosely borrows its title from the novel by Ghanaian writer Kojo Laing, and its ethos from his implosive deconstructed syntax.

Lungiswa Gqunta will present a new series of drawings reflecting her research into the uses of sound and song as a mode of resistance to the often hidden structures of violence persisting as a result of systemic legacies of colonialism. Created as part of her residency at Gasworks (July – September 2018) they consider western musical score in relation to free Jazz, whilst meditating on the ways in which South African sound and song have been passed on through oral tradition in the contexts of protest and ritual. Accompanying these drawings, a sculptural installation conceived as a ‘garden of exile’ will reflect on the hardships endured by South Africans in exile. Together these works will evoke an experience of collective resistance and history-telling through song, amidst a subtly violent terrain.”

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