Chisenhale Gallery – 2020 Commissions

Chisenhale Gallery’s Commissions Programme for 2020 comprises four new exhibitions by artists Imran Perretta, Yu Ji, Thao Nguyen Phan and Abbas Akhavan. Working with video, sculpture, painting and installation they explore the influence of the environment, be it natural, urban or political, on the individual and social body. As part of the commissioning process, a series of talks and events is programmed in collaboration with each artist and runs throughout the duration of each exhibition.

Imran Perretta
17 January – 15 March 2020

the destructors (2019) is a new film commission by London-based artist Imran Perretta. Shot on location in Tower Hamlets, east London, the destructors takes the figure of alienated male youth as its cue to explore “coming of age” and the complexities of adolescence for young Muslim men living in the UK. The film is produced by Chisenhale Gallery and Spike Island, Bristol, and commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery; Spike Island; the Whitworth, The University of Manchester; and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.

Yu Ji
3 April – 7 June 2020

The first solo exhibition in a UK institution by Shanghai-based artist Yu Ji. Comprising sculpture, video, print and performance Yu Ji’s work often responds to a specific context or location to examine the interplay between the human body and space. For her new commission, Yu Ji looks to London as a site to explore tensions between urban development and the natural environment. Yu Ji’s commission acts as a “living sculpture,” where the use of the body, liquids and concrete explore a site in transformation.

Thao Nguyen Phan
26 June – 30 August, 2020

Chisenhale Gallery presents the first solo exhibition by Ho Chi Minh City-based artist Thao Nguyen Phan in a UK institution. Phan’s new film commission Becoming Alluvium, builds on her ongoing research into the Mekong River. The work observes environmental changes that have affected downstream of the river due to the expansion of agriculture, overfishing and the economic migration of farmers to urban areas. Becoming Alluvium is produced and commissioned by Han Nefkens Foundation in collaboration with: Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona; WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels; and Chisenhale Gallery.

Abbas Akhavan
18 September – 6 December, 2020

In autumn 2020 Chisenhale Gallery presents a new commission by Montreal-based artist Abbas Akhavan. Akhavan’s work ranges from context-specific installations to drawing, video, sculpture and performance. His works pay close attention to the historic, architectural, natural and social structures of a given space. Previous works have examined the garden, the backyard and other domesticated landscapes as a site to explore the boundary between hostility and hospitality.


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