Grace Wales Bonner: A Time for New Dreams

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Grace Wales Bonner: A Time for New Dreams
to Sun 17 Mar 2019
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A Time for New Dreams: Eating At the Same Table Reading Group. Friday 15 March, 7pm

Grace Wales Bonner explores mysticism, ritual and magical resonances within black cultural and aesthetic practices. Over the course of one month, a multi-sensory installation and a series of happenings invites contemplation and activate the spaces of the Serpentine.

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Installation View 1: Rashid Johnson, Untitled (daybed 1) 2012, Grace Wales Bonner: A Time for New Dreams, 18 January – 16 February 2019, Serpentine Galleries, © 2019 readsreads.info; Installation View 2: Kapwani Kiwanga, Flowers for Africa, 2019, Grace Wales Bonner: A Time for New Dreams (Installation view, 18 January – 16 February 2019, Serpentine Galleries) © 2019 readsreads.info; Installation View 3: Grace Wales Bonner, Shrine I 2019, Grace Wales Bonner: A Time for New Dreams. (Installation view, 18 January – 16 February 2019, Serpentine Galleries). © 2019 readsreads.info; Installation View 4: Eric N. Mack, Capital Heights (via stretch) 2019, Grace Wales Bonner: A Time for New Dreams. (Installation view, 18 January – 16 February 2019, Serpentine Galleries). © 2019 readsreads.info; Installation View 5: Eric N. Mack, A Lesson in Perspective 2017, Grace Wales Bonner: A Time for New Dreams, 18 January – 16 February 2019, Serpentine Galleries, © 2019 readsreads.info; Installation View 6: Liz Johnson Artur, There is only one…one 2019, Grace Wales Bonner: A Time for New Dreams. (Installation view, 18 January – 16 February 2019, Serpentine Galleries). © 2019 readsreads.info; Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Grace Wales Bonner: A Time for New Dreams, 18 January – 16 February 2019, Serpentine Galleries, © 2019 readsreads.info

The exhibition includes a series of site-specific shrines by Kapwani Kiwanga, Eric N. Mack, Paul Mpagi Sepuya and Grace Wales Bonner. The musician Laraaji will lead a series of meditation workshops during the exhibition’s opening days that will become a lasting shrine of sound within the space, whilst Rashid Johnson’s installations using carpets will create a sense of grounding throughout the Gallery. Interested in the improvisation, intentionality and repurposing of shrines from the Black Atlantic, Wales Bonner will draw upon their relational nature, as material portals into multiple worlds and frames of experience. Referencing the images and rhythms of rituals and ceremonies from all over the world, she collapses time and space by bringing them into dialogue to create her own unique constellation.

This exhibition focuses on Wales Bonner’s rigorous research across multiple geographies and temporalities, culminating in the presentation of her forthcoming Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, Mumbo Jumbo. Conjuring and exploring various characters, their dress, and the worlds and spaces they inhabit, the collection considers the artist as shaman, a West African spiritual healer, and a gathering of Howard University intellectuals.

Born in London to an English mother and Jamaican father, Wales Bonner is a cultural polymath, who sees fashion as a means of communicating broad and interwoven notions of identity and self-expression. Each of her fashion collections is a meditation on cultural narratives, bringing together literary references with exceptional craftsmanship, and presented within carefully considered scenography. Writing, research and performance are integral elements of her practice, which she synthesises through continued collaborations with other practitioners, bridging multiple disciplines and genres.

This presentation continues the Serpentine’s engagement with Wales Bonner’s practice, following the artist’s participation in the 2015 Transformation Marathon.

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