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Asuf Ishaq, Still from Mother (2020), courtesy of the artist.

Onyeka Igwe, Still from the names have been changed, including my own and truths have been altered (2019), courtesy of the artist.

Peter Spanjer, Still from Make Me Safe (2020), courtesy of the artist.

Gal Leshem, Still from Akirot (Uprootings) (2020), courtesy of the artist.

Asuf Ishaq, Still from Mother (2020), courtesy of the artist.

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Regroundings brings together work by London-based artists Asuf Ishaq, Peter Spanjer, Onyeka Igwe, and Gal Leshem for a week-long film programme, in response to Mohamed Bourouissa’s exhibition HARa!!!!!!hAaaRAAAAA!!!!!hHAaA!!!. Departing from Bourouissa’s use of critical documentary, each artist deploys the medium of film to explore colonial legacies, ongoing racial and socio-cultural inequality, and diasporic identities. In each work, the lens functions as a tool to navigate the body and its relation to place, developing narrative approaches to questioning collective histories within each artists’ locale.

Regroundings will be accompanied by a series of conversations between the artists and curators, published periodically alongside each film. Emulating the act of direct-messaging, these conversations attempt to tackle a sense of unbridgeable distance in a time of viral isolation, delving deeply into the films’ respective explorations through informal exchange.

Co-curated by Goldsmiths MFA Curating students Fiona Graf, Yurika Imaseki, Edward Longville and Ankita Mukherji.

BIOGRAPHIES

Onyeka Igwe (b. 1986, UK) is an artist and researcher working between cinema and installation, whose work explores how sensoriality, spatiality, and non-canonical ways of knowing can inform how we live together. Based in the UK, she was awarded the 2020 Arts Foundation Futures Award for Experimental Short Film and was the recipient of the Berwick New Cinema Award in 2019. She has exhibited work at institutions and film festivals internationally, including ICA London, UK; Dhaka Art Summit, BD, London Film Festival, UK; Rotterdam International, NL; Images Festival, CA, KW Production Series, Berlin, DE; McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, US; CC Matienzo, Buenos Aires, AG.

Peter Spanjer (b. 1994, Germany) is a Nigerian artist currently living and working in London. He gained an MA in Contemporary Art Practice: Moving Image at the Royal College of Art, UK. Peter’s work explores resistance against the psychological stereotypes of masculinity that restrain Black men’s behavior, and examines the notions of Blackness that exist in the art world. His recent exhibitions and projects include: Online Exhibition, White Cube (2020), Royal College of Art / Slade Graduation Show, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK (2020), Public Notice, London, UK (2020), Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2020), Piccadilly Lights, Circa, London, UK (2020), Assembly Point, London, UK (2020), PAF Festival, Olomouc, Czech Republic (2019).

Asuf Ishaq (b. 1969, Pakistan) is a visual artist who lives and works in London. His practice is concerned with themes of embodiment, fragmentation, displacement, migration, and memory. Often presenting the physical diasporic body as an evolving archive of memory, that transmits experience with cultural and political meaning. Ishaq employs fiction, non-fiction, archive and personal memories. He works with moving image, sound, photography, installation and sculpture. Asuf gained a MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths University of London, in 2020. Recent exhibitions and projects include: Ways of Belonging, Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham; Incarnations, Montez Press Radio, New York; London Grad Show, Saatchi Gallery, London, Indernet, Cologne (all 2020); Sight For Sore Eyes, Gossamer Fog, London (2019); Chromophobia, Sloe Gallery, Manchester; Schwarmerei, Art Gallery, Birmingham (both 2018). In early 2021, Ishaq was in residence at Stryx Gallery (Birmingham).

Gal Leshem (b. 1988, Israel) is a London based artist. Using a variety of media ranging from textiles, film, and socially engaged practices, her work emphasises the significance of history and collective memory within the construction of local identities. After graduating from the BA Fine Art & Art History course at Goldsmiths University in 2016, Gal was artist in residence at Tate Modern and Tate Britain School Workshop Programme in 2017. Recent projects and exhibitions include: Huxley-Parlour Gallery (solo, London 2021), San Mei Gallery (London 2020), Visions at the Nunnery, Bow Arts (London 2020), Broadway Gallery (Letchworth 2019), Jerusalem Film Festival (Jerusalem 2019), T J Boulting (London 2019), CCA Video Greenhouse at Fresh Paint Fair (Tel Aviv 2019), and Wesserhale (Berlin 2019), APT Gallery (London 2019).

Regroundings brings together work by London-based artists Asuf Ishaq, Peter Spanjer, Onyeka Igwe, and Gal Leshem for a week-long film programme, in response to Mohamed Bourouissa’s exhibition HARa!!!!!!hAaaRAAAAA!!!!!hHAaA!!!. Departing from Bourouissa’s use of critical documentary, each artist deploys the medium of film to explore colonial legacies, ongoing racial and socio-cultural inequality, and diasporic identities. In each work, the lens functions as a tool to navigate the body and its relation to place, developing narrative approaches to questioning collective histories within each artists’ locale.

Regroundings will be accompanied by a series of conversations between the artists and curators, published periodically alongside each film. Emulating the act of direct-messaging, these conversations attempt to tackle a sense of unbridgeable distance in a time of viral isolation, delving deeply into the films’ respective explorations through informal exchange.

Co-curated by Goldsmiths MFA Curating students Fiona Graf, Yurika Imaseki, Edward Longville and Ankita Mukherji.

BIOGRAPHIES

Onyeka Igwe (b. 1986, UK) is an artist and researcher working between cinema and installation, whose work explores how sensoriality, spatiality, and non-canonical ways of knowing can inform how we live together. Based in the UK, she was awarded the 2020 Arts Foundation Futures Award for Experimental Short Film and was the recipient of the Berwick New Cinema Award in 2019. She has exhibited work at institutions and film festivals internationally, including ICA London, UK; Dhaka Art Summit, BD, London Film Festival, UK; Rotterdam International, NL; Images Festival, CA, KW Production Series, Berlin, DE; McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, US; CC Matienzo, Buenos Aires, AG.

Peter Spanjer (b. 1994, Germany) is a Nigerian artist currently living and working in London. He gained an MA in Contemporary Art Practice: Moving Image at the Royal College of Art, UK. Peter’s work explores resistance against the psychological stereotypes of masculinity that restrain Black men’s behavior, and examines the notions of Blackness that exist in the art world. His recent exhibitions and projects include: Online Exhibition, White Cube (2020), Royal College of Art / Slade Graduation Show, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK (2020), Public Notice, London, UK (2020), Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2020), Piccadilly Lights, Circa, London, UK (2020), Assembly Point, London, UK (2020), PAF Festival, Olomouc, Czech Republic (2019).

Asuf Ishaq (b. 1969, Pakistan) is a visual artist who lives and works in London. His practice is concerned with themes of embodiment, fragmentation, displacement, migration, and memory. Often presenting the physical diasporic body as an evolving archive of memory, that transmits experience with cultural and political meaning. Ishaq employs fiction, non-fiction, archive and personal memories. He works with moving image, sound, photography, installation and sculpture. Asuf gained a MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths University of London, in 2020. Recent exhibitions and projects include: Ways of Belonging, Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham; Incarnations, Montez Press Radio, New York; London Grad Show, Saatchi Gallery, London, Indernet, Cologne (all 2020); Sight For Sore Eyes, Gossamer Fog, London (2019); Chromophobia, Sloe Gallery, Manchester; Schwarmerei, Art Gallery, Birmingham (both 2018). In early 2021, Ishaq was in residence at Stryx Gallery (Birmingham).

Gal Leshem (b. 1988, Israel) is a London based artist. Using a variety of media ranging from textiles, film, and socially engaged practices, her work emphasises the significance of history and collective memory within the construction of local identities. After graduating from the BA Fine Art & Art History course at Goldsmiths University in 2016, Gal was artist in residence at Tate Modern and Tate Britain School Workshop Programme in 2017. Recent projects and exhibitions include: Huxley-Parlour Gallery (solo, London 2021), San Mei Gallery (London 2020), Visions at the Nunnery, Bow Arts (London 2020), Broadway Gallery (Letchworth 2019), Jerusalem Film Festival (Jerusalem 2019), T J Boulting (London 2019), CCA Video Greenhouse at Fresh Paint Fair (Tel Aviv 2019), and Wesserhale (Berlin 2019), APT Gallery (London 2019).

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