Diptych, silkscreen prints.
Each 41.6 x 31.7 cm.
Edition of 40 works, signed and numbered by the artist.
Produced by the artist and K2 screen.
About the work
For her Whitechapel Gallery edition, Helen Cammock has created a diptych of silkscreen prints entitled Kaleidoscope. The word Kaleidoscope; meaning a constantly changing pattern or sequence of elements, derives from the Greek words kalos, meaning beautiful, and eidos, meaning form.
The edition is comprised of two parts; a line-drawing of a landscape, a representation of the natural world, and a concrete text which speaks of the lurches and cycles in architecture, moving towards an ever changing modernity.
For Cammock, the diptych illustrates the fracture between these two worlds - the contradiction of our reliance on a natural world, that we choose to believe will continue to exist without our care, and the relative fragility of our constructed world that is destroying it.
This edition accompanies the Max Mara Art Prize for Women exhibition, Helen Cammock: Che si può fare? at Whitechapel Gallery, 25 June – 1 September 2019.
About the artist
Helen Cammock (b. 1970, UK) is a visual poet whose drawings, prints, photographs and films juxtapose word and image, Cammock’s multimedia practice embraces text, photography, video, song, performance and printmaking, and is motivated by her commitment to questioning mainstream historical narratives around blackness, womanhood, wealth, power, poverty and vulnerability. Mining her own biography in addition to histories of oppression and resistance, and incorporating influences from jazz, blues, poetry and dance, as well as the words of other writers – including James Baldwin, Maya Angelou and Audre Lorde – Cammock excavates lost, unheard or buried voices. For Cammock, music – from Nina Simone and Alice Coltrane to seventeenth-century Italian pre-opera – is able to further this endeavor to complicate the concept of history.
Selected exhibitions include Exercises in Style, Group show, with curatorial duo Novel, A Plus A Gallery, Venice, May 2019, Get Up Stand Up - Group show curated by Zak Ovè and Ceri Hand, June 2019, Che Si Può Fare (What Can be Done) Solo show at Maramotti Foundation Oct 2019, Radio Ballads Serpentine Galleries. Aug 2019 – April 2020 Projects, Shouting in Whispers, solo show Reading International, March 2019, The Long Note, solo show, Irish Museum of Modern Art, March - May 2019, The Long Note, solo show, Void, Derry, October 2018, Precarious Art: Artificial Boundaries II, two person show, exhibitions - London, Berlin, Beirut, Dec 2017, Alfa Nova Galerie Futura, Berlin and 198 Gallery, London. Shouting in Whispers, Cubitt solo show, Oct – Nov 2017, Tetley Art Intensive Performance residency in partnership with The New North & South Partnership British Council, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum, The Manchester Art Gallery, Liverpool Biennial and The Tetley Foundation with Lahore, Biennale Foundation, Karachi Biennale, Colombo Art Biennale and Kochi-Muziris Biennale and Dhaka Art Summit. July/Aug 17.
Helen Cammock has been short-listed for the Turner Prize 2019.
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