Third Floor, The Grove Building, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT
Middlesex University is delighted to present IDENTIFIER, the final exhibition by eight artists currently undertaking the MA Fine Art and MA Printmaking.
Each artist from this diverse group offer a unique viewpoint on the issues surrounding identity; how we choose who and what we identify with, how our identities are marked within society. When thinking through these ideas several of the artists have begun to explore the role of gender.
Ghaida Alkhelaiwiʼs work addresses the image, role and status of women in society — which is particularly potent given that the society into which she was born, and to which she will return after completing her MA, is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Sophie Cero also reflects on the role of women but within a domestic setting, creating artworks in which our perceptions seem at odds with our understanding.
Corinne Charton works across painting and digital film creating deceiving portraits and withholding close-ups of women that do not partake in a postmodern ʻemptiness of the imageʼ (Parveen Adams).
By interacting with and interviewing participants, Fiona Wallace creates her own art context and reception, but also instigates a new, active counter-public to think about and act upon art and feminist issues.
Walter Benjamin likens content and language to a fruit and its skin. In Esther Evansʼ text based works, translation does not renew the life of the original; the fruit has been peeled, dissected, stuck to the walls, to the floor, hung out to dry, rot and decomposed.
Martina Geier has created artifacts intended to convey the haunting immateriality of memory itself.
Fiona Quadmaniʼs practice also examines site as both place and memory, through a mode of interpretation that resembles an act of archaeology, but an archaeology of the present, an ever elusive ʻmissing eventʼ.
This acknowledgement of the difficulty of any form of representation is also present in Clare Walterʼs film where the social convention of making and drinking tea is an empty signifier, no longer sufficient to the emotional undercurrents spiraling out from the initiating event.
Preview: 15th September, 6:00-9:00pm.