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Introducing Scat: Sound and Collaboration

Artist Sonia Boyce introduces the exhibition Scat: Sound and Collaboration which runs until 27 July 2013 at Iniva.

Scat presents two immersive video works for the first time with The Devotional Collection, Boyce’s archive and collective memorialisation of black British women in the music industry. As a result, the exhibition places a spotlight on her interest in the archive as arts practice. ‘Just the very act of putting something in an archive suggests its future use is beyond the control of the past. But we don’t have to settle for the past as it is presented. The past is not fixed’.

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Installation photos: Roee Rosen exhibition

Today we are putting the finishing touches to Roee Rosen’s first UK solo show…
Vile, Evil Veil opens this week and we are really excited about how the gallery space at Rivington Place has transformed to accomodate the installation ‘Live and Die as Eva Braun’ with several interior walls constructed especially to display the text and image based work – including 51 paintings!

We are also pleased to have a new work created by the artist for the window of Rivington Place. It will cover all 5 panels on the street facing windows with images in very bright colours – pink and orange!

Here’s a few snaps of the installation:

And here is a few shots of the window installation going up:

Artist of the week: Sheela Gowda

 Sheela Gowda has been nominated for the Artes Mundi prize this year

Sheela Gowda is noiminated for this year’s Artes Mundi art prize alongside Miriam Bäckström (Sweden), Tania Bruguera (Cuba), Phil Collins (England), Teresa Margolles (Mexico), Darius Mikšys (Lithuania) and Apolonija Šušteršič (Slovenia). Find out more about the prize this year.

Initially trained as a painter, since the 1990s Sheela Gowda has increasingly developed a sculptural and installation practice that explores how materials can make specific reference to the social and cultural context of India. She is known for creating large-scale sculptural installations which take everyday materials as the starting point and for works that combine abstract forms with references to society.

Gowda’s use of unconventional materials is a highly evocative element of her practice, where the tactile qualities of thread, hair, traditional dyes, pattern and weaving, bring the viewer’s attention to a meaning that transposes these elements into social objects and practices located within a network of production and distribution, framed in relation to India’s socio-political legacy.

In 2011 she had her first UK solo exhibition, Therein & Besides, at Iniva at Rivington Place. For the show she created a new large scale installation, of all people,  made up of thousands of wooden chips, roughly carved by craftsmen into votive objects.



They formed part of a composition of larger frames and doors painted emerald green, peppermint, pink and off-white which also reveal the marks of weathering and infestation by insects. Moving through this environment, the viewer is invited to recalibrate their experience of the work from a number of different heights and perspectives.

Collateral was made by rolling, arranging and burning incense on mesh frames to produce intricate patterns. This sculpture of ash has a fragmented and broken appearance which suggests a landscape ravaged by war.

Watch a video of Sheela Gowda installing her work made of burned incense ash at Rivington Place in 2011.