Tahera Aziz: [re]locate at Bermondsey Project Space

Tahera Aziz: [re]locate at Bermondsey Project Space

Postby Alexa Kusber » Wed Mar 20, 2013 3:11 pm

Tahera Aziz: [re]locate
‘never [to] take the tedious task of waiting for a bus for granted.’

19 April - 12 May 2013
Private View: Thursday 18 April, 6-9pm

An art installation based on the ‘Stephen Lawrence’ murder case looks to challenge audiences 20 years on through sound.

[re]locate is a sound installation by London-based artist Tahera Aziz, responding to the tragic events surrounding the racially motivated murder of the black teenager Stephen Lawrence near a bus stop in southeast London in 1993.

Taking the notion of the daily routine of waiting at the bus stop as its starting point, the artwork explores the disruption of the everyday to foreground the murder once again, highlighting detailed elements that have particular resonance. The work examines the processes involved with struggling to preserve the memory of the case, which has had a deep impact in public life, whilst offering new insights.

Utilising transcripts from the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry report to build up a picture of what happened, Aziz worked with a group of actors to develop the dialogue, a field-recording artist and sound engineer to experiment with simultaneous multi-channel recording and audio compositional techniques, and a computer programmer to introduce elements of responsiveness into sonic environment.

Motivated by a desire to explore the potential of sound and documentary practices to re-examine events associated with the Lawrence case, Aziz has developed this thought-provoking and poignant installation in which the audience is encouraged to generate their own mental images of events. This unique approach offers a mechanism for deepening audience engagement with the complex and multi-layered narratives associated with the murder. Twenty years on, [re]locate compels the audience to reconsider evolving definitions of contemporary urban experience.

[re]locate has been produced with funding from the Arts Council of England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (research and development), in partnership with London South Bank University and PVA MediaLab.

Tahera Aziz has had a longstanding creative and political interest in identity, migration and racism. Over years she has produced photo-based and installation work that explores how wider socio-political issues or events can impact on the individual to shape their experiences, and their sense of self and belonging. Aziz currently teaches Digital Media Arts at London South Bank University.

The artwork was previewed at 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning (London), and has been exhibited at Axis Arts Centre (formerly Alsager Arts Centre), East Street Arts’ Union 105 (Leeds), New Art Exchange (Nottingham), and the Santorini Biennale of Arts.

[re]locate: Talks and Events:
Developed with curator Alexa Jeanne Kusber to further engage with topics and issues surrounding the case.

Wednesday 24 April - 6.30pm
On Screen - Artist's Choice
Tahera Aziz selects a film for screening that resonates with contemporary urban experience and issues raised by the artwork and the Lawrence case.

Friday 26 April - 6pm to 8pm
Meet the Artist - South London Arts Map, Last Fridays
Tahera Aziz will be welcoming visitors to the exhibition.

Wednesday 1 May — 6.30pm
Artist In Conversation: Expanding the Documentary Form Outside the Field of Vision

Wednesday 8 May — 6.30pm
Panel Discussion: Artistic Practices - Utilizing the Substance of Real Life

All events are FREE and open to the public. Booking is not essential, but welcomed as spaces are limited. Please email: hello@alexakusber.com

Gallery information:
Bermondsey Project Space
46 Willow Walk
London SE1 5SF
United Kingdom


Gallery Opening: Tuesday - Sunday, 1-6pm or by appointment
Admission: Free

Elephant & Castle, London Bridge or Borough tube stations:
Northern Line, Bakerloo Line, National Rail
6 minute walk to Bermondsey Project Space

Bus 100 from Waterloo, 42 and 78 from Shoreditch

Notes to Editors:
Alongside Aziz’ sound installation at Bermondsey Project, an accompanying exhibition will visualize the creative process that led to the development of the installation. Included will be visual, audio and research material.

The Bermondsey Project is a partnership project between Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, and Bow Arts; working with the artists to make better communities.

The Bermondsey Project Space gallery and 120 artists studios are joined by ‘Crisis Skylight Bermondsey’ offering studios, creative and vocational courses and training for homeless and ex homeless people.

This initiative acts as an integrated creative hub and a vital part of the cultural renaissance of Bermondsey.

For press inquiries, please contact Tahera Aziz at relocate.info@gmail.com

For general and programming inquiries, please contact Alexa Jeanne Kusber at hello@alexakusber.com
Alexa Kusber

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