This spring, Autograph presents two powerful new exhibitions at our gallery in Hackney: the international debut of Poulomi Basu's series Fireflies, and the London premiere of Sutapa Biswas' acclaimed film Lumen. Through these exhibitions the artists illuminate journeys – across time, generations, continents – and the ripple effects of complex and turbulent pasts, visualising how matrilineal history has been shaped through the bloodlines of collective experience.
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In Fireflies, Indian artist and activist Poulomi Basu foregrounds the relationship between mother and daughter. Using photography, video and sound, Basu reflects on experiences of trauma – particularly patriarchal violence – navigating the claustrophobia of home, dreams of freedom, defiance, and transcendence. Curated by Bindi Vora.
Sutapa Biswas’ practice is underpinned by an interest in colonial histories and how this relates to gender, race and class. Where history has often marginalised the female voice, her new film Lumen reinstates it, not just as a mainstay of family and home but as an avatar of social conscience. Curated by Mark Sealy.
From 7 March - 31 May, Thompson Hall will be artist-in-residence at Autograph, supporting the development of his creative practice during the Covid-19 crisis.Read more
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The spring exhibition season at Autograph is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Also supported by Garfield Weston Foundation. Poulomi Basu: Fireflies is additionally supported by Light Work and Beyond print.
Sutupa Biswas film, Lumen, is co-commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art with Art Fund support through the Moving Image Fund for Museums. The commission has been additionally supported by Autograph. Produced by Film and Video Umbrella. Supported by Arts Council England.
Thompson Hall's residency is supported by ActionSpace / Project Art Works and is part of the EXPLORERS project. EXPLORERS is a national creative programme for increasing the visibility and representation of neurodivergent artists in contemporary visual art.
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