Open Space Forum: Of Hosts & Guests

Open Space, London, United Kingdom
28 Mar 2019 - 30 Mar 2019

Larry Amponsah, Still from ‘Looking for Sugar in the Ocean…Who is the Enemy?, 2018. Courtesy the artist.

Larry Amponsah, Still from ‘Looking for Sugar in the Ocean…Who is the Enemy?, 2018. Courtesy the artist.

Open Space presents the programme for its inaugural edition of Forum, a three-day event comprising artist performances, film screenings, talks and workshops. Forum: Of Hosts & Guests will run from Thursday 28 March – Saturday 30 March 2019 across three cultural venues in Bloomsbury, London: University College London (UCL), Mary Ward House and Pushkin House. Through diverse, site-specific responses to these spaces, six participating artists will explore ideas of hospitality, hierarchy, ritual and belonging.

Forum will feature: a collective performance by Adelaide Damoah that will see the artist use her own body to confront Ghana’s colonial history; a three-act food-art performance interrogating conceptions of class by Nora Silva and a screening of Amartey Golding ’s Chainmail film series exploring identity politics around race, gender and class followed by a live crit of his work led by his family and friends. Further works include: a life drawing class led by Henry Hussey , addressing issues of an imperial and gendered gaze; an entrancing, colour saturated film of a Ghanaian market projected into a mirrored installation, activated with a drawing workshop led by Larry Amponsah ; and a participatory photoshoot staged by William Martin in collaboration with Charlotte Speechley, designed to invert the hierarchy of viewership and rituals of dressing.

Deriving its title from Albert Camus’s 1957 short story L’Hôte, which translates into both ‘the host’ and ‘the guest’, Of Hosts & Guests invites artists and audiences to play with the duality of playing both of these roles. The programme w ill unfold as a journey through spaces, challenging social structures in pursuit of social connection and asking how we can establish a sense of home and community in the face of contested borders and endangered notions of belonging.

Of Hosts & Guests is guest curated by Katherine Finerty.


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