Zabludowicz Collection - 2017 Programme

Release: Sutton, South Wing, Somerset House Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Zabludowicz Collection are proud to announce their year ahead programme. 2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the Collection's home at 176 Prince of Wales Road, and this autumn's Annual Commission solo exhibition will be presented by Haroon Mirza, a highly influential voice in British art over the last decade. Preceding this in the spring will be a major group exhibition of photography from the Collection, featuring notable international artists from across different generations.



Sara Cwynar, Women, 2015, Courtesy the artist, Zabludowicz Collection, and Foxy Production, New York, Photo credit: Mark Woods




Artist Residencies Las Vegas
8 – 29 January  
Building on our successful pilot programme in 2015, and as part of the Collection's commitment to supporting the long-term growth of artists' practices, the Zabludowicz Collection is pleased to be running its Las Vegas residency for a second time. Based out of The Plaza Hotel in Downtown Las Vegas, the residency offers invited artists the opportunity to research and develop future projects, responding to the city's fascinating collision of popular culture, architecture and industrial history. Artists participating this year include Hannah Perry and Sara Cwynar with others to be announced.  

Testing Ground for Art and Education  
Testing Ground for Art and Education is an annual season focused on opportunities for the creative and professional development of emerging artists and curators. A continuously evolving programme, Testing Ground collaborates with educational and artist-led organisations to develop experimental exhibitions and events that facilitate a consideration and testing-out of new ideas and modes of practice.

Testing ground:  
19 January – 26 February
Using art works from the Zabludowicz Collection as its starting point, this is a group exhibition curated by students of the MA/MFA Curating courses at Chelsea College of Art, and Sir John Cass College of Art. It begins the Collection's annual testing ground for Art and Education season, which supports the creative and professional development of emerging artists and curators.  

Testing ground: Master Class
Master Class is a workshop for emerging artists developed in collaboration with artist Doug Fishbone. Now in its 5th year, Master Class ofers a unique and free opportunity for eight emerging artists nominated by artist-led spaces from around the UK and, for the frst time, a national Open Call. Over the course of a week, the participants will work closely with leading international artists to discuss and develop their individual practices through a series of tutorials, workshops, reading groups, studio and gallery visits and seminars. This year the guest tutors are: Susan Hiller, Chantal Jofe, Heather Phillipson and Eve Sussman, all artists whose work is in the Zabludowicz Collection. Each will give a free public lecture about their work.

Master Class: Public lectures, 7pm, FREE, booking essential
1 February: Heather Phillipson
2 February: Chantal Jofe
4 February: Eve Sussman
5 February: Susan Hiller

You Are Looking At Something That Never Occurred
30 March – 9 July  
Lucas Blalock, Anne Collier, Sara Cwynar, Natalie Czech, Andreas Gursky, Elad Lassry,  Richard Prince, Thomas Ruf, Cindy Sherman, Erin Shirref, Wolfgang Tillmans,  Sara VanDerBeek, Jef Wall, Christopher Williams

This exhibition brings together artists who use photography as a tool with which to question the boundaries between past and present, the factual and fictional, making these notions feel less solid and more elusive. On view are artworks from the Zabludowicz Collection by 14 artists spanning 40 years, from the late 1970s to the present day. Within art photography this period has seen the 'decisive moment' of street photography give way to approaches that emphasise various modes of slowness, including the semiotic analysis and appropriation of images, the staging of orchestrated moments, and the manipulation of digital files. This exhibition explores photography's ability to suggest a past that might never have happened.

Annual commission: Haroon Mirza
28 September – 17 December
Haroon Mirza (B.1977) is famous for his use of electricity as a material with which he orchestrates light, sound and video to produce kinetic sculptures, performances and immersive installations. Collaboration is at the very core of Mirza's approach, questioning the conditions under which art is produced, with his exhibitions deconstructing ideas of singular authorship. Marking the tenth anniversary of the Collection's home at 176 Prince of Wales Road, the exhibition will be structured around the re-imagining of two major works by Mirza: The System, 2014 and Adam, Eve, others and a UFO, 2013. In close dialogue with Elizabeth Neilson, Director, Mirza will rework these two installations owned by the Zabludowicz Collection to create a new exhibition which will explore not only the landmark building - its classical architecture and impressive scale - but also the works of other artists in the Collection itself, selecting artworks to incorporate into a unique display within the 19th century former chapel.

Zabludowicz Collection Invites  
The Invites programme presents dynamic solo exhibitions by UK-based artists who are testing the parameters of their practice. It focuses on those without commercial gallery representation, providing a platform for risk taking and experimentation. A total of six solo presentations will take place over the year with the full list of selected artists to be announced in December. Confirmed artists for the 2017 Invites series include:

Helen Knowles: 19 January – 26 February
The Trial of Superdebthunterbot is a project initiated in 2015 by Knowles which explores questions of ethics and accountability in relation to the increasing and often unseen computer automation of our lives. Initiated as a performance, and subsequently developed into a video filmed in Southwark Crown Court with a mixture of legal experts, actors and volunteers, the piece imagines a speculative scenario in which a debt collecting company buys up student loans and, via an unconventional use of big data, seeks to ensure fewer defaulters by targeting individuals. A chain of events leads to deaths in medical trials. Can an algorithm be held culpable in a court of law? Knowles (B. 1975) is an artist and curator living and working in Manchester. Before completing her MFA at Goldsmiths, University of London in July 2016 she studied at the Glasgow School of Art.

Andrew Munks: 9 March –  9 April
The particulars of how people live their lives and spend their time, as shaped by taste, British social history and the urban and natural environment, is a central thread running through Munks' practice. Recent subject matter and motifs have included: photographic portraits of fish wearing specially made hats, taken shortly after being caught by Munks (who is a keen angler); a tour with the artist's mother of Silver End, an Art Deco-style village built for workers of Crittall Windows in the 1920s; paintings of imagined streets in Blitz-era Europe; and a video mixing footage from a 1980 Panorama documentary on the impact of a nuclear attack with material shot on a recent visit to the The Kelvedon Hatch 'Secret Bunker' in Essex. Munks (B.1985, Rotherham) studied for his BA at The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL and graduated with an MA from the Royal College of Art in 2012. Munks also co-runs Watch it gallery with artist Sophie Michael. 

Elliot Dodd: 20 April – 28 May
In drawings, sculptures, videos and computer animations Dodd responds to the brash and awkward nature of both consumer products and contemporary masculinity.  The work uses diverse points of reference, including BMW cars, hip-hop music videos and Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre as raw material with which to refect on the fundamentals of human surfaces begin to collapse and deflate into lumpy absurdity and non-comprehension. Dodd (B. 1978) lives and works in London. He studied at the RA Schools 2013– 16, and previously completed his BA at The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. 
Recent activity by artists previously showcased in the Invites programme includes:  

Rachel Maclean (Invites, 2014) will represent Scotland at the 2017 Venice Biennale, and her new commission Wot you : - ) about?,  realised in partnership with HOME, University of Salford Art Collection, Artpace, Tate, Zabludowicz Collection, Frieze Film and Channel 4 Random Acts, just opened at HOME, Manchester and will open at Tate Britain on 14 November.

Heather Phillipson (Invites, 2013) is currently exhibiting Please Turn Us On at Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, as well as in the Bienal de São Paulo and in New York in the New Museum Screens Series. She will be a guest tutor for Zabludowicz Collection's 2017 Master Class.

Hannah Perry (Invites, 2012) just opened a solo show in Berlin at Contemporary Fine Arts and is exhibiting work as part of I feel we think bad at Arsenal, Montreal. She will also be undertaking the Collection's residency in Las Vegas in January.


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November 12, 2016