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Please join us this Thursday 12 April, 6.30-8.30pm for the opening of Paul Maheke’s exhibition, A fire circle for a public hearing, a new commission and the artist’s first major solo exhibition in a UK institution. Comprising an immersive installation occupying the entire gallery, the exhibition develops Maheke’s ongoing engagement with the potential of the body as an archive in order to address how history, memory and identity are formed and constituted. Incorporating installation, video, sound and performance, the exhibition alters and adapts throughout its duration. Daily performances start at 3pm throughout the duration of the exhibition and last for 45 minutes. During the opening, the performance will start at 7pm and last for 45 minutes. To find out more about the exhibition, please click here.       

Please also join us on Saturday 14 April, 2pm, when Paul Maheke will be joined in conversation by Paul Goodwin to discuss his new commission at Chisenhale Gallery in relation to his wider practice. Paul Goodwin is a curator and urban theorist whose research focuses on black and diaspora artists and visual cultures. He is a professor in contemporary art and urbanism and Director of TrAIN (Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation) at University of the Arts London. This event is free to attend but booking is recommended. To reserve a place please visit our Eventbrite page here. For details on all events and for bookings, please visit our Exhibition Events page.

A reading list of texts, books and articles has been compiled in collaboration with Paul Maheke to accompany his exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery. This resource expands on ideas raised through Maheke’s new commission. Included are books that explore queer, feminist and de-colonial narratives through literary and theoretical outputs. Some of the texts highlighted in the bibliography reflect on performance and performativity, queer futurity in the context of death and desire, and the use of cosmology and esoteric practices. Also included are essays on sound and culture; press articles and reviews on Maheke’s previous works; and links to audio/video material that provide reference and further context to the work. To download this resource, please click here.   

Congratulations to Maeve Brennan for the opening of her exhibition, The Driftat Lismore Castle Art, Lismore, this coming Friday. The Drift (2017) was produced by Chisenhale Gallery and Spike Island, and commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery; Spike Island; The Whitworth, The University of Manchester; and Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore. The film premiered at Chisenhale Gallery in March last year. To watch a trailer for The Drift on our website, please click here. Further congratulations to programme alumni Janice Kerbel as well as forthcoming programme participant Banu Cennetoglu for their inclusion in the Liverpool Biennial 2018.

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