Join us to celebrate the launch of two powerful new exhibitions at Autograph's 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.
We are aware that there is a tube strike planned for Thursday and it may be more difficult for you to reach us. If you are able to make it to the gallery, we'd love to welcome you.
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.
Everyone is welcome to Autograph's exhibition openings. We care about our visitors, staff, artists and community, and have measures in place to help ensure a safe visit, including limiting the number of guests at this event, and we are asking everyone to book a free ticket before attending.
Both galleries will be open, plus our studio and outdoor seating area. To help maintain distance, only a limited number of people can be admitted into the galleries at any one time. If there are busy periods during the event, you might be asked to briefly wait to enter the gallery or building, thank you for your patience.
The opening is an informal event, you can arrive and leave at any time. After the event, both exhibitions will be open from 4 March - 4 June 2022.
Free tickets to this event can be booked on Eventbrite, by phoning Autograph at 020 7729 9200, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets to Autograph's events are only available through Eventbrite and Autograph. Tickets obtained unofficially via social media or other platforms may not be genuine.
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.
Sutapa 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.
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