Exhibition: Today is Tomorrow’s History
October 2, 2023 - October 31, 2023
October 2, 2023 - October 31, 2023
October marks Black History Month, the annual celebration of the history, contributions, and achievements of Black people in the UK. Every year numerous events celebrating African and Caribbean cultures take place across the country. Black History Month remains a powerful symbolic celebration and a time for acknowledgement, reflection, and inspiration.
This year, Brookfield Properties, and the Black Lawyers Group (BLG) of Latham & Watkins present Today is Tomorrow’s History, a group exhibition showcasing the contemporary representation of belonging and identity, as explored by Black artists, which will in turn shape future generations’ understanding of Black experiences in the 21st Century. The BLG supports Black lawyers at Latham & Watkins through global and local efforts designed to: establish and maintain broader networks and relationships; attract, retain, and promote top talent; and foster an inclusive culture at the firm that supports the long-term success of Black lawyers.
Today is Tomorrow’s History is a group exhibition including works from Cameron Ugbodu, Theresa Weber, and Tobi Alexandra Falade. Artworks are curated by DADA Gallery, who has earned a reputation for introducing the most exciting merging artists from Africa and its diaspora to international audiences.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Tobi Alexandra Falade creates original oil paintings, silk-screen prints, and bronze sculptures engaging with narratives of modern Black British life and dialogues of African and post-colonial contexts. Her compositions are created by collaging and manipulating photography of Nigeria from old family albums and her own present-day photography, in order to draw different worlds together and build new narratives. Tobi frequently uses herself as a model within her artworks to explore narratives of identity and self, and her term ‘shadow self’, refers to a version of herself that she imagines has continued living on in Nigeria even after she was physically divorced from her country of origin, she thinks of this version as her ‘Other’.
Cameron Ugbodu is an Austrian-Nigerian socially engaged visual artist working across photography, film, mixed media & curation. As a part of a generation of young black/queer artists their practice includes investigating black experiences, masculinity & queerness, within the context of afro-futurism. Recently named in Frieze magazine as an emerging photographer to watch, two works from Cameron’s “New Mo(nu)ments’’ explores the relationship between West African sculptural traditions and black hairstyles, as influenced by their Nigerian heritage.
Theresa Weber’s family background stretches out to Jamaica, London, Canada, and Greece, her pluralistic perspective is represented in her practice, while journeys to Jamaica have an important impact on her work. She makes her concepts accessible by using resin and silicone, to arrange collage-like assembled materials. Composed hairpieces, fake nails, pearls, prints, drawings, body casts, and other things become topographical archival material that tells stories – of belonging, intersectionality, ideals of beauty, feminism, gender, and cultural hybridization. Fluid material such as translucent resin with colored pigments is directly related to the procedural character of the fluidity in identity formation.
Cameron Ugbodu, Sabey, 2021
Hahnemühle Photo Rag
81 x 67.7 cm