Luke Willis Thompson

23 June – 27 August 2017
Opening: Thursday 22 June, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Chisenhale Gallery presents a major new commission and the first solo exhibition in a UK institution by Luke Willis Thompson. For his commission, Thompson presents a new body of work, developed over 18-months during his Chisenhale Gallery Create Residency (2016 – 17), which is produced in partnership with Create.  

Thompson’s new work builds from research into the social and cultural politics that lead to radical moments of civil unrest. Thompson traces a history of events, from the Brixton Rising in 1985, to the riots that took place in London, 2011, connecting with those who have been affected by police brutality. Through the work, Thompson seeks to address the personal and social effects of structural racism in our society, and considers the place of image production, distribution and representation in the wake of traumatic events.    

Luke Willis Thompson (b. 1988 Auckland) lives and works in London. Selected solo exhibitions include Sucu Mate/Born Dead, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland (2016); and Misadventure, IMA, Brisbane (2016). Recent group exhibitions include the São Paulo Biennale and Montréal Biennale (both 2016), Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Museum, Queensland and Surround Audience, New Museum Triennial, New York (both 2015).

Luke Willis Thompson’s commission is produced in partnership with Create. With the support of Creative New Zealand Toi Aoteraroa.

Lead Supporter: Shane Akeroyd.

Luke Willis Thompson’s exhibition is supported by the Jan Warburton Charitable Trust; and David and Libby Richwhite. With additional support from the Luke Willis Thompson Supporters Circle. With thanks to Stephanie Post.

Chisenhale Gallery’s Commission’s Programme 2017 -19 is supported by the LUMA Foundation.

Chisenhale Gallery’s Curatorial Trainee Programme 2016 -18 is supported by Sirine and Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh.

Chisenhale Gallery’s Talks and Events Programme 2017 is supported by Helen Thorpe.

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