EXHIBITION LAUNCH: FRIDAY 25 JANUARY, 6–8PM The Range brings together new works by Hashim Ali (Hawkchild DIY), Ain Bailey, Beverley Bennett, Adam Farah, Seema Mattu and Zarina Muhammad that take up the mediation of intimacy, familial relations and personal reflections through obsolete technologies, online platforms and sense triggers.
GOOD MORNING Digbeth First Friday 1 February, 6–8pm (performance 7pm) Performance by artist Zarina Muhammad with a live reading and dhol drumming.
PERFORMANCE NIGHT Thursday 21 February, doors 6.30pm (performance 7pm) An evening of performance responding to Beverley Bennett’s film within the exhibition showing her Uncle Jeffery singing. Beverley has invited local gospel singers, Jerome Bucknor, Trevor Minto, Courtney Copeland, and Layton Plummer, to perform R&B tracks traditionally performed by women, as a gesture exploring the evocative nature of sung black male voices.
FIVE CAR TRAIN TO FREEMONT Friday 1 March, 6–8pm (performance 7pm) Ain Bailey’s new performance responds to composer Jockel Liess’ work “irregular atmospheric motion” sampling composition alongside field recordings from San Francisco and Oakland.
HASHIM ALI (b. 1995 Glasgow, Scotland.) had formed Hawkchild DIY at the young age of 15 in his childhood bedroom of his father’s Pollokshields home. Ali’s work, albeit traditionally rooted in music, sound and the youth culture surrounding it, has undertaken an absurd and irreverent approach to its execution which has received accolades from Warp Records’ Evian Christ, 2x Swedish Grammy Award Winner Yung Lean and NYU Lecturer of Risk Analysis Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
AIN BAILEY (b.1963, London) is a sound artist and DJ. “Oh Adelaide” (2010), her collaboration with the artist Sonia Boyce, has shown widely, and includes: Tate Britain; the Whitechapel Gallery and The Kitchen, New York. In 2017, Bailey collaborated with Gaylene Gould on the creation of a Sonic Trail for Tate Britain; London; performed at Guest, Ghost, Host: Machine!, the 2017 Serpentine Marathon. In 2016, Bailey was commissioned by Art Basel Miami Beach to compose for the Soundscape Park. Bailey is a research student at Birkbeck, University of London (on a break in studies), and was guest professor in sound at Kunsthochschule Kassel for the winter semester 2017/2018. Currently, following a commission by Serpentine Projects, Bailey is conducting sound workshops with LGBTI+ refugees and asylum seekers.
BEVERLEY BENNETT (b. 1982, West Bromwich. Lives and works in London) is an artist-filmmaker. Her practice revolves around the perpetual possibilities of drawing, performance and collaborative experiments with sound. Bennett’s work has been shown nationally and internationally; venues include the CinemaAfrica Film Festival, Stockholm (2018), Encounters Short Film Festival, Bristol (2017), Wysing Art Centre, Cambridgeshire (2017) Spike Island (2017), New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2016), National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston (2016), Bluecoat, Liverpool (2010).
ADAM FARAH (b. 1991, London) is an artist and composer born-n-raised in London. Currently they are focused on exploring structures of poetics, taste and class, particularly through experimental and ‘promiscuous’ research methodologies. Farah graduated with a BA in Drawing from Camberwell College of Arts in 2014. In 2017 they took part in the Holding Space Artists Associates Programme at The Showroom, and also became the seventh recipient of the South London Gallery Post-Graduate Residency (17/18) which they undertook as free.yard; the name of an ongoing situational and unstable project setup to hold together in equal attention, artistic, research and curatorial lead practise//praxis – with an underlying desire to create collaborative moments for artists to connect, manifest and exhale under the weight of oppressive and supremacist structures upheld within the complacent liberal bubbles of the artworld/s.
SEEMA MATTU (b. 1993, Birmingham) is a moving-image artist. Mattu’s practice presents a self-awareness of the othered self in a digital space, comprised of four key components of minority: race, gender, caste and sexuality. The work is reflective of interwoven complexities around these states of consciousness and it exists as she does: Indian and gay. Indian and Valmiki. Indian and a woman. Gay and Valmiki. Gay and a woman. Valmiki and a woman. Indian and gay and Valmiki and a woman. These things complete the work(s) by forcing never-ending questions. Mattu’s selves are characters that she manipulates to her advantage – and digital media has enabled this. Her self and her selfies (whether visual, linguistic or other) are technologies of embodiment, an act of penetration between the body and digital media.
ZARINA MUHAMMAD (b.1994, London) is an artist and writer (1/2 of The White Pube). Cancer sun/Aries moon/Sagittarius ascendant/Twitter: @ZarinaMuhammad but follow her bot: @ZarunaM instead bc she’s better. Hobbies include: skincare, assorted pickles and/or chutneys & sausage dogs. 4 the love of GOD don’t look @ my art.
REHANA ZAMAN (b. 1982, Heckmondwike, UK, lives and work in London.) She works predominantly with moving image and performance to examine how social dynamics are produced and performed. Her work speaks to the entanglement of personal experience and social life where intimacy is framed against the hostility of state legislation, surveillance and control. She was the recipient of a British Council research grant with Museo de Art Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (2015), a Gasworks International Fellowship to Beirut (2013), and was a LUX Associate Artist (2012–13). Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018, Kerala, India, Liverpool Biennial 2018, Liverpool, UK, Serpentine Projects, London, UK (2018), CCA, Glasgow, UK (2018); and Material Art Fair IV, Mexico City, Mexico (2017). Her films and installations have been shown at Oberhausen Film Festival, ICA and Whitechapel, London and Bétonsalon Paris. In 2017 Zaman was awarded the Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists.