COUP DE FOUDRE
Updated: Oct 9, 2020
The exhibition is influenced by the French term coup de foudre meaning 'a thunderbolt' with overtones of love. Thunderbolt forms when lightning occurs, a large charge of electricity causes the surrounding air to vibrate as it passes through the atmosphere to the surface. Coup de Foudre isn't a fleeting spark but rather a potential ongoing change, a charge fuelled by love. The term was introduced through a dialogue with Chinasa Vivian Ezugha. The online exhibition is in support of BLM and the theme is open.
I am a multidisciplinary artist and the purpose of my research is to playfully reveal the question of aesthetics and domination.The concept of social or Political art is the main essence of enquiry in my work. I use absurdity, humour and distortion to highlight this exploration. I am touching and revealing on the notion of difference and ambiguity. The performative aspects of my practice explore the overlooked and plain–site of public reception. These images crawl, roll and flip gesture towards a visual break from the associated conventions of the marginalised self whilst equally suggesting joy and ambivalence.
Louis Bird-Mendes is a camera operator and video editor from London, currently working at the Financial Times. Bird-Mendes provides video production services for their specialist publications including The Banker, fDi intelligence and PWM.
Bird-Mendes come from a strong computing background with a MSc in Computer Security and Digital Forensics.
Louis Bird-Mendes has spent most of the last decade working with cameras and learning how to create engaging and memorable imagery.
I am a visual artist and curator based between Dundee and Glasgow, Scotland. My work is a deep interrogation of the notion of self. Having been born in Zimbabwe and raised in Scotland, I have a particular interest in W.E.B Dubois’ notion of Double Consciousness, which expresses the psychological challenge of having African heritage whilst living in the West. I am interested in the relationship between spirituality, imagination and the role of the artist in disseminating symbolic imagery to provide a space for healing. Working in a multi-disciplinary practice, I work with a wide range of media. My photographic practice is formulated through digital studio based compositions utilising body paint and muted lighting conditions to create images that appear to emerge from darkness.
Tayo Adekunle is a British Nigerian photographer based in Edinburgh. Working a lot with self-portraiture, she uses her work to explore issues surrounding race, gender and sexuality as well as racial and colonial history. Her work is centered around reworking of historical tropes relating to the black female body, taking from contexts that include art historical paintings and sculptures as well as 19th century colonial photography. By placing historical imagery in a contemporary context, the relationship between the treatment of the black female body in the past and its treatment in the present day is explored.
Reclamation of the Exposition, 2020.
Chinasa Vivian Ezugha
Chinasa Vivian Ezugha, is a Nigerian-born artist living and working in Hampshire. Her work looks at the transition of Black women and their identity within culture from colonised subjects to emancipated figures.
My Body is a Church, 2020.
Interdisciplinary educator/writer/performer rooted in data driven narrative that takes many forms. Has staged and performed at the following venues: The British Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York Theatre Workshop, and Playwrights Horizons (NYC).
Ekene Okobi has reported or produced news stories for US-based shows PRI’s The World, Marketplace Radio, and WAMU, the Washington, DC National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate. Has produced, designed, and developed educational programming for the New York University (NYU) Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York Theatre Workshop, and University of the Arts, London (UAL).
Okobi has performed and devised extensively with NYC (USA)-based Forum Project Performance Troupe, which used Theater of the Oppressed (TO) techniques to devise interactive scenes inspired by castmember’s personal stories and subsequent research. Co-devised The Birds and The Bees (Unabridged), a multimedia performance with creative collaborators at Honest Accomplice Theater from data culled from surveys and qualitative interviews on sexuality with more than 200 women.
Rachel VS Entity, 2011.
Koumbah Semega-Janneh is a London-based artist. Born on unceded Gadigal land (in the colony aka Australia); Semega-Janneh’s work explores Black Pacific diasporic visions and neo-colonial confrontations; the embodiment of these realities as gendered bodies pregnant with meaning and trauma, inscribed as personal ritual; and, the politics of living and living well.
Semega-Janneh’s work spans performance art, cultural production and community making. She primarily employs movement, sound, writing and film.
Koumbah Semega-janneh has worked with artists such as Angela Tiatia; and 2019 Turner Prize recipient Oscar Murillo - ‘The future is already here it’s just not evenly distributed’ Oscar Murillo, Sydney Biennale (2016). She has exhibited, performed and screened work at Firstdraft Gallery (AU), Campbelltown Arts Centre (AU) & Melbourne Fringe Festival (AU).
To catch a tiger, act like a pig / Manifest! , 2020.
Nina Siphesihle Pinkie Mdwaba
Nina Siphesihle Pinkie Mdwaba (aka Boldieaintaboy) is a South African born (1995) writer, theatre-maker, spoken word, and performance artist. Mdwaba’s performance practice is predominantly autobiographical and intra-disciplinary and explores subject matter relating to race, gender, and sexuality, and ritualistic healing. She works predominantly in verbatim, using real-life accounts to carry through the narratives in her pieces. Other mediums used in Mdwaba’s work include poetry, music, movement, and film whilst incorporating various themes rooted in her African heritage. Since starting her performance career in 2017 Nina Mdwaba has performed her works in over 20 art venues in Glasgow and London, including the GOMA, Modern institute, CCA, Transmission, Turner Prize contemporary, and a handful of festivals including Brainchild and Awomenfest in London. Mdwaba’s poetry work has recently been published in an Anthology with Poets versus in partnership with UNWomen UK. She is currently residing and making artwork in London with an emphasis on film, music, and poetry. She plans to publish a book of poems by 2022.
Born in London, 1992.
Nadeem Din-Gabisi is an artist (writer, painter, poet, musician and filmmaker).
His artistic practice is centred around the re-presentation of the black image, pertaining to people of African Descent and the limitlessness of what it means to be black, other and more than that. His work critically and playfully examines himself, the current present and any and all time, before and after that.
Last year Nadeem completed an artist in residence programme at Somerset House Studios after winning the Inaugural London Field Brewery Bursary in October 2018.
Din-Gabisi has a Masters Degree in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and hosts a monthly radio show on NTS Radio. He has joined forces with Momoko Watanabe Gill (MettaShiba) to form a duo project titled; An Alien Called Harmony and he is currently working on his own multimedia project, titled POOL in collaboration with artists Coby Sey, Kobby Adi, Nala Sinephro & Momoko Watanabe Gill.
He recently finished writing and directing a film titled; MASS, commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella.