Please join us this Thursday 22 June, 6.30-8.30pm for the opening of Luke Willis Thompson’s exhibition, autoportrait. In his new commission and first solo exhibition in the UK, Thompson presents a portrait of Diamond Reynolds. In July 2016, Reynolds broadcast, via Facebook Live, the moments immediately after the fatal shooting of her partner Philando Castile by a police officer during a traffic-stop in Minnesota, United States. Reynolds’ video circulated widely online and amassed over six million views. Thompson proposed to make an aesthetic response that could act as a ‘sister-image’ to Reynolds’ video broadcast. The final work was produced in April 2017. It is a silent portrait of Reynolds shot on 35mm, black and white film and will be presented in the gallery as a single screen work. To find out more about the exhibition, please click here.
In association with Luke Willis Thompson’s exhibition Chisenhale Gallery presents a programme of events including a conversation between the artist and Polly Staple, Director of Chisenhale Gallery, on Saturday 24 June, 2pm. For more information on all of the events, please click here.
A reading list of texts, books and articles has been compiled in collaboration with Luke Willis Thompson to accompany his exhibition, autoportrait, at Chisenhale Gallery. This resource expands on ideas raised through Thompson’s new commission. Included are news articles and court documents that report on the case of Philando Castile and Diamond Reynolds; essays and books that provide reference and further context to the work; an interview between Luke Willis Thompson and Toby Haslett; and a review of his most recent work, Cemetery of Uniforms and Liveries (2016), produced during his Chisenhale Gallery Create Residency (2016-17). To download this resource, please click here.
Ahead of his exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, we will continue to revisit previous works by Luke Willis Thompson. Follow us on Instagram to find out more.
Chisenhale programme alumni with shows opening this week include Ed Atkins and Helen Marten at Les Abattoirs, France, and Mark Leckey at Cubitt Gallery, London.