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Thank you to everyone who joined us for the opening of Lydia Ourahmane’s exhibition, The you in uswhich is now open until 25 March, Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6pm. On Thursday 1 March the gallery has extended opening hours until 9pm. Photos are from the opening, by Mark Blower. 

As part of the commissioning process, a programme of events has been devised in collaboration with Ourahmane, including talks at the gallery and offsite events at local schools. Thank you to everyone who attended Youssef Ourahmane’s event on Friday, when he responded to Lydia Ourahmane’s exhibition, expanding on the narrative behind Ourahmane’s new work, In the Absence of our Mothers (2015-18), part of her new Chisenhale Gallery commission. Please join us on Wednesday 31 January, 7pm, when Lydia Ourahmane will be joined in conversation by Venetia Porter, Assistant Keeper (Curator), Islamic and contemporary Middle East at the British Museum, to discuss Ourahmane’s previous work in relation to her new commission. This event is free to attend but booking is recommended. For more information on all of the events and how to book, please click here.       

To find out more about The you in usLydia Ourahmane’s new commission at Chisenhale Gallery, please download an interview between Ellen Greig, Curator: Commissions at Chisenhale Gallery, and Ourahmane, part of our Chisenhale Interviews series, here. To accompany her exhibition, Ourahmane has also produced a moving image commission for Chisenhale Gallery’s website. Paradis, 11.10.2017, 23:45 (2018), is a silent video by Ourahmane recorded on her phone in Paradis Plage, Oran, in October 2017. This online commission is a companion piece to Ourahmane’s new sound work, Paradis (2018), which is embedded within, and amplified from a temporary wooden floor installed across Chisenhale Gallery’s exhibition space. You can watch Ourahmane’s online commission here. 

Ourahmane has also produced notes on the wait (2018), a new edition comprising 13 hand printed photographs. Displayed in the gallery’s front of house, each photograph references the spaces Ourahmane was working within while developing this new commission. To find out more about this new limited edition, please click here.  

On Sunday 4 February, Chisenhale Gallery Director Polly Staple is participating in Furthering Non-Western Narratives from within the Institution, a panel of leading curators at Dhaka Art Summit 18. Also at DAS, Chisenhale Gallery Development Committee Member Milovan Farronato has curated Volcano Extravaganza 2018 – Total Anastrophes, a programme that includes work by Chisenhale Gallery programme alumni Haroon Mizra, organised by the Fiorucci Art Trust. Other artists featured in the Dhaka Art Summit 18, taking place this weekend, include Rasheed Araeen and Pratchaya Phinthong. Chisenhale Gallery would like to congratulate forthcoming programme participant Lawrence Abu Hamdan for his inclusion in Public Art Munich 2018: Game Changers, opening in April.

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