Image credit: Grace Ndiritu – An Absolute River
Grace Ndiritu - An Absolute River explores non-linear temporality within a new framework and questions the relevance of previously accepted divisions between past, present and future. Grace Ndiritu (b.1982) is a British-Kenyan artist and activist, whose practice is deeply concerned with our contemporary world seeing it through the twin lenses of healing and spirituality, by finding alternative ways for humanity to live.
Inspired by Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentine writer, fictionalised as the main protagonist in Ndiritu’s latest film Black Beauty (2021), the exhibition title reflects on his theories on the fluidity of time. This film will be screened along with Ndiritu’s earlier films A Week in the News (2010), in the library, and Raiders of the Lost Ark (2015), screened online for the first week of the exhibition.
The accompanying public programme will be led by artists Rieko Whitfield, Serena Huang and Dr. Jason Allen-Paisant. All three will invite audiences to imagine alternative timescapes through workshops, performance and text. Each artist investigates the subjectivities of time using multiple approaches: linear/non-linear, western/non-western and human/non-human time.
MA Curators: Fei Xu, Jieyi Zhang, Kirsty Flockhart, Kit Wan Yeong, Livia Nervi, Lorenzo Menegazzo, Mala Yamey, Sanya Malik
Artists: Grace Ndiritu, Rieko Whitfield, Serena Huang, Jason Allen-Paisant,
Talk: Artist Grace Ndiritu in conversation with LUX Director Benjamin Cook
Wednesday 11 May, 7 – 8pm
Workshop: Mythologies of Memory
Friday 13 May, 2 – 4pm
A writing workshop and guided meditation led by Rieko Whitfield.
Workshop: Staging Theatricality in Mundanities
Saturday 14 May, 2 – 4pm
A collective art making workshop led by Serena Huang using local materials sourced from Waterlow Park.
Performance: Jason Allen-Paisant
Saturday 14 May, 5 – 6pm
Written text published in accompanying publication and an embodied performance incorporating soundscapes from Waterlow Park.