A series of exhibitions staging contemporary artists’ moving image within historic buildings across the country.
Touring exhibition of artists’ moving image
Featured artists: Bani Abidi, Ravi Agarwal, Imran Channa, Omar Chowdhury, Desire Machine Collective, Yasmin Jahan Nupur
Film and Video Umbrella presents Changing Places, a series of exhibitions staging contemporary artists’ moving image within historic buildings across the country.
At the curatorial core of the project lies the narrative of industrialisation and its global legacy: a mode of production that has choreographed migration, created monumental buildings and shaped social attitudes. Through the pairing of specific sites and artworks,Changing Places bridges the chronological and geographical gaps between the industrialisation currently occurring across South Asia, and the places in Britain where the blueprint began.
The national tour features six artists: Bani Abidi, Ravi Agarwal, Imran Channa, Omar Chowdhury, Desire Machine Collective and Yasmin Jahan Nupur. All live in, work in, or retain a connection to Bangladesh, India, or Pakistan. Presented in 2017, during the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, these artists’ works cover a range of perspectives and situations, from international migration and border-transcending environmental impacts, to the individual who navigates and responds to shifting social and economic circumstances.
Ten buildings have been invited to host artworks that resonate with their locations. Each site has been curated to place local histories within an international context, underlining globally intertwined stories of places and people. The majority of the locations selected are non-gallery spaces. In some instances, the presence of Changing Places will open rarely seen interiors to the public, or bring a fresh perspective to buildings that have recently undergone or are currently under renovation.
Blackburn Cotton Exchange February 2018
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