From Arvida Byström’s uncanny sex dolls to Peter Hujar’s star-studded photography archive, we round up the exhibitions you need to see this month
Multi-disciplinary artist Arvida Byström has long prodded ideas of femininity and technology to expand conversations on how they are defined and intersect. In her latest exhibition and performance piece, A Doll’s House (and the performance, A Cybernetic Doll’s House), the Swedish artist has found a new collaborator in the form of an AI sex doll named Harmony. Read our interview with the artist to find out more on what to expect.
Runs until September 11, 2022
For too long women have been written out of art history – until now. Founder of The Great Women Artists, Katy Hessel, has penned a book that celebrates previously overlooked and erased artists, titled Art History Without Men. The book is a compendium of movements and moments whereby women changed the course of history, leading readers to the present day. The book launch coincides with an exhibition, Still Writing the Story of Art, at Victoria Miro in London to imagine the book’s last chapter, the artists defining the 00s, IRL.
Runs until October 1, 2022
Multi-disciplinary artist and Dazed 100 alumni Justen LeRoy explores how “the scream, moan, and melisma… provide a sonic route toward Black environmentalism” in a new three-channel film installation titled Lay Me Down in Praise, co-directed with Kordae Jatafa Henry. The artist connects the “Earth’s aches and upheavals” with the Black resistance and liberation by layering videos of Black performers and images of geological activity – volcanic eruptions, tectonic shifts, and large-scale natural disruptions.
Running from September 17 2022 to January 21 2023
Six decades since she began making work, Carolee Schneeman is finally getting her first UK retrospective, aptly titled Body Politics, at London’s Barbican. The opening also marks the first major show since she passed in 2019, leaving behind an earth-shattering, history-making legacy as one of the greatest feminist icons and women artists of the last century. Her work fearlessly confronted issues of sexual expression to the objectification of women, human suffering, war, and so much more through photography, sculpture, painting, performance, and multimedia installations. Body Politics will house more than 300 objects, including some rarely seen materials.
Runs from September 8, 2022 to January 8, 2023
1800-HAPPY-BIRTHDAY is a project by artist Mohammad Gorjestani honouring Black and Brown people whose lives were taken at the hands of police violence and systemic racism. People from around the world can leave (and listen to) voicemails via the website for Sandra Bland, George Floyd, Michael Brown, and many more people for their birthdays listed on the site. Now, the project is launching an exhibition, curated by Klaudia Ofwona Draber, of 12 upcycled payphones to memorialise 12 victims. The space will be filled with photos and personal items of each person being celebrated, as well as a large mural, flowers, balloons, and birthday cards, offering a moment of community reflection and quiet celebration of these lives taken unjustly.
Runs from September 23, 2022 to January 16, 2023
Hairdresser Stewart Roberts’ charity Haircuts4Homeless has provided haircuts to countless people living without a permanent residence, learning their stories and giving them a free service that can alter a person’s perspective and confidence in themselves. Now, teaming up with Angel Central, Haircuts4Homeless has launched a photo exhibition and accompanying book to humanise those they’ve met along the way through portraiture and storytelling, in collaboration with photographer Jack Eames and session hairstylist Leigh Keates. The ultimate aim is to dismantle stigma and challenge stereotypes of those living rough, with all proceeds from the book’s sales going back into the charity to continue its good work.
Runs until September 18, 2022
Dancing with the Tupinambá is a collaboration between Brazilian artists Fernanda Liberti and Glicéria Tupinambá, centring on the Tupinambá cape (a sacred, ancestral feather ornament made and worn by Brazilians until the 16th century). Described as an “exquisite piece of craftsmanship and design”, the Tupinambá cape is made with over 4,000 feathers by the largest and first ethnicity in Brazil to make contact with Europeans (who, surprise, tried to erase them) during colonisation, the Tupinambá people.
Through the joint exhibition, the artists travelled to Serra do Padeiro in the south of Bahia, where the last Tupinambá people still live. Liberti photographed the making of the capes (which Glicéria revived in 2020) and the images will be exhibited, alongside a video, to celebrate Tupinambá land and its people as they have begun to claim back their space, their safety, and their rights.
Runs from September 16 to 24, 2022
The legend that is Elton John has curated a 50-photograph survey of the late, great, equally legendary, photographer Peter Hujar – whose work the singer has collected since 2011. Described as a show that “brings together the sensibilities of two remarkable artists”, the curation is pulled from two decades of Hujar’s work, notably his nudes, his friends, landscapes, and portraits of people like Stevie Wonder and Peggy Lee. A portion of the proceeds from sales will go towards the Elton John AIDS Foundation (Hujar tragically succumbed to AIDS-related pneumonia in 1987).
Runs from September 8 to October 22, 2022
Undoubtedly one of the most prominent living artists in the world and a figurehead for conceptual art, Bruce Nauman is famed for his ongoing experimentation with mediums and his oeuvre. With work spanning sound, sculpture, moving images, and more, Nauman was given his first major exhibition in London in more than 20 years at London’s Tate Modern in 2020. Now, a new show at Italy’s Pirelli HangarBicocca examines his spatial and architectural practice through the exhibition of Nauman’s iconic corridors and rooms, which turn these seemingly banal spaces into works of controlled performance through cameras, video monitors, lighting, and sound – all tightly controlled by Nauman’s brilliant mind and execution.
Runs from September 15, 2022 to February 26 2023
LuYang NetiNeti is an artist whose work has been described as “fantastical, often painful, and shocking”. She “destabilises the divisions between past and future, human and machine, and life and death”, through philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, religion, nature, and modern technology, and as such, is the focus of the Zabludowicz’s annual commission. Titled The Great Adventure of Material World, the exhibition will not only premiere the commission, but will also coincide with multiple immersive moving image installations, an interactive arcade gaming space, and a video screening room of the artist’s greatest hits of the last decade.
From September 22, 2022 to February 12, 2023
SAMSON KAMBALU, THE FORTH PLINTH, TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON, UK
Smack bang in London’s Trafalgar Square comes The Fourth Plinth’s new commission, a sculpture titled “Antelope”, by artist Samson Kambalu. The work is a ‘restaging (of) a 1914 photograph of the Baptist preacher and pan-Africanist John Chilembwe and European missionary John Chorley”. In it, Chilenmbwe wears a hat in defiance of a rule that banned Africans from wearing hats in the presence of white people.
Runs from September 14, 2022
Borrowing from the “visuality of British landscape painting” which idealised and romanticised the landscape – and left it “free of the politics of the time” – British photographer Jermaine Francis presents a new exhibition titled A Storied Ground. A series of photographs and texts examine “who is considered a natural inhabitant of the British landscape”, challenging white ownership as “natural and neutral” by centring Black bodies in these spaces with “unflinching primacy as well as a natural ease”.
Runs from September 29 to November 18, 2022
RENE MATIC, UPON THIS ROCK, SOUTH LONDON GALLERY, LONDON, UK
British artist Rene Matić continues their examination of Britishness with a new show titled upon this rock. A solo exhibition that “explores how the nation’s past manifests in its present” also confronts notions of subculture, faith, and family. Upon this rock puts “subculture and spirituality in dialogue, positioning subculture as religion – as saviour or guide”. In addition, Matić will debut bronze and wood sculptures exploring “the crucified skinhead” – symbolising “persecution and alienation” – a subculture (Skinheads) that she has often explored before. A film will also receive its premiere, of which Matić’s father Paul is its focus, as well as new photographs and a personal diary that details the artist’s family and community against the backdrop of contemporary Britain.
Runs from September 27 to November 23, 2022
An incredible, unmissable mix of emerging and established artists come together for the latest iteration of Drawing A Blank – curated by its founder Ben Broome – presented across four floors at New York City’s Gladstone Gallery. From Arthur Jafa and Mark Leckey to Klein, Rhea Dillon, George Rouy, and Chase Hall, amongst others, Real Corporeal “attempts to disrupt the usual tenor of the gallery space with an arrangement of corporeally rousing work.” Furthermore, the show examines the physical body “as an intrusion in the traditional gallery space”, and “offers opposition by centring the social as the fundamental dimension.”
Runs from September 10 to October 15, 2022
Originally debuted at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, “Plasticity”, by artist Niccolo Casas in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans, is a 3.6m high sculpture made from Parley Ocean Plastic. That is, “a catalyst material created from upcycled marine plastic waste that has been intercepted from remote islands, beaches and coastal communities” – using cutting-edge 3D printing technology. The sculpture is a reminder of how harmful and indestructible plastic can be transformed into “ecological meaningful” and “complex architectural constructs”.
Runs from September 17 to October 2, 2022