Open: Wed-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm

Lower Ground Floor, 51-53 Margaret Street, W1W 8SQ, London, United Kingdom
Open: Wed-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm


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Shadow Ban: Mike Ballard

Shtager&Shch, London

Wed 17 Jan 2024 to Wed 28 Feb 2024

Lower Ground Floor, 51-53 Margaret Street, W1W 8SQ Shadow Ban: Mike Ballard

Wed-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm

Artist: Mike Ballard

Curator and artist tour: Thursday 8 February, 6.30pm-8pm

Curated by Thorp Stavri

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Shadow Ban invites viewers on a compelling journey through the intricate dynamics of visibility and invisibility embedded within the contemporary urban landscape. While the term "shadow ban" traditionally finds its roots in the realm of online platforms and digital censorship, artist Mike Ballard transcends these boundaries, expanding its significance to envelop the tangible world and the concealed narratives interwoven within metropolitan spaces.

In his site-specific installation, Ballard not only navigates the entropic condition of the city but also illuminates overlooked and underused spaces, transforming them into metaphorical representations of the shadows that linger in the online realm—where voices are muted, and content is suppressed. Through a meticulous blend of photography, adhesion, saturation, and abrasion, Ballard adeptly captures the nuanced processes of negation, displacement, and corrosion present in both the physical and digital dimensions

Diving into a vast archive of materials, Ballard draws inspiration not only from his personal history but also immerses himself in the ethos of an unconventional artistic journey—one firmly formed by subcultures. The erratic nature of the city unfolds vividly in these overlooked spaces, where Ballard focuses on the remnants, residue, and serendipitous layering of signs and symbols, be they paints, varnish, stickers, advertisements, or instructions.

Employing a diverse array of media, including painting, sculpture, video and sound, Shadow Ban emerges as a profound exploration into the multifaceted interplay between presence and absence, inviting audiences to contemplate the hidden narratives that shape our contemporary urban experience.

Exhibition text: Eric Thorp

Thorp Stavri are a London based curatorial platform, comprising curators Eric Thorp and Nicholas Stavri. They are committed to developing and supporting artists’ practices and accessibility to art through exhibitions, collaboration, residencies, talks, workshops and an arts podcast.

Mike Ballard / Shtager&Shch

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