|Grace Ndiritu prepares for her performance in the Mackintosh Lecture Theatre|
- Exhibition will be Ndiritu's first major solo show in the UK since 2007
- It will be the debut of her wider practice, and feature video, photography and painting
- Grace Ndiritu - A Return to Normalcy: Birth of a New Museum will run in the Reid Gallery at the GSA from 2 October – 12 December 2015
The Glasgow School of Art is to stage the first major UK solo show by Grace Ndiritu at the Turner Prize fringe it was confirmed today, 21 September 2015. This will be her first major solo show in the UK since 2007 and will be the UK debut of her wider practice of painting and photography. A specially commissioned film, made in the Mackintosh Lecture Theatre in the west wing of "the Mack", will be a centrepiece of the show. The exhibition, A Return to Normalcy: Birth of a New Museum will run in the Reid Gallery at the GSA from 2 October – 12 December 2015.
A British/Kenyan artist, Ndiritu has shown in exhbitions across the globe and her work is housed in museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In 2014 she was featured in “40 Under 40” – the 40 most influential and promising people in the European art world under the age of 40 as identified the leading art magazine, Apollo.
“We are delighted to be able to work with Grace,” says Jenny Brownrigg, Exhibitions Director at the GSA. “It’s especially exciting to be staging a show that both showcases her wider practice and features a new work commissioned specially for the exhibition.”
The new work, ‘Holotropic Breathing for the Masses: An Afro-futuristic Performance’ (2015) taps into Ancient Egyptian history and ceremonial rituals and features a performative work filmed in the Mackintosh Building with a group of 40 participants last week.
“The work will be a symbolic celebration of a new working phase both for the artist and the Mackintosh Building,” adds Brownrigg. “Grace is going to work with 40 particpants in an event that will evoke the Ancient Egyptian transformational ceremonies of the God Osiris and shamanic ”soul retrieval” practices. It will at once awaken lost memories of the Mackintosh Building before the fire and bring “The Mack” back energetically to life.”
This new film will be shown in the Reid Gallery alongside props and costume from the performance in an installation entitled Holy Mountain (2015).
Other works on show in the exhibition include the latest edition of Ndiritu’s photographic work - A Quest for Meaning (AQFM). In this the sixth edition she plays with transforming different artistic genres into their opposite, yet related art forms. For example, the exclusivity and rarity of painting becomes a medium of mass produced photography within the piece.
A video work filmed on location at Samyeling Tibetan Monastery in Scotland and Wusha Mikel Church in Ethiopia, Raiders of the Lost Ark (2015) belongs to a new series of videos that references 80's movie pop culture while laying the foundation for a discussion about conspiracy theories that focus on UFO, Parallel Realities, Time Travel and other New Age phenomena.
Workers: Post-Hippie Pop-Abstraction (2015) is from Ndiritu’s new SWEATSHOP series of painting installations, which look at the idea of the sweatshop from three juxtaposing yet overlapping angles: Indigenous Tribes who are producing culture and spirituality to feed the New Age movement in the West; The Art Studio - artists who are making objects to feed the art market; Third World Countries - where poorly paid workers make products to feed the luxury, fashion, global consumer market.
Journey's North: Pole to Pole (2009), is a series filmed in Alaska which examines how the indigenous tribes of the Arctic and their culture was forever changed by the explorers and pioneers of the 18th and 19th century and the early ethnographic filmmaking that followed in their wake. The work is shown as a double screen projection.
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2 October - 12 December 2015
Grace Ndiritu - A Return to Normalcy: Birth of a New Museum
Reid Gallery, The Glasgow School of Art, 164 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6RF
Open Monday-Sunday 10am - 4.30pm
The first major UK solo show by Grace Ndiritu since 2007 which also marks the debut of her wider practice of painting and photography. Exhibition includes a specially-commissioned film made in the Mackintosh Building.
Further information: http://www.gsa.ac.uk/life/gsa-events/events/g/grace-ndiritu-a-return-to-normalcy-birth-of-a-new-museum/?source=future
Notes for Editors
Holotropic Breathing for the Masses (2015) An Afro-futuristic Performance
Costume and set design: Grace Ndiritu and Zephyr Liddell.
Production Assistants: Ashleigh Miller, Nick Carlin, Angus Ellway, Martha Simms, Katie O'Brain and Sophie Pitt
Grace Ndiritu (Kenya/UK) studied Textile Art at Winchester School of Art, UK; De Ateliers, Amsterdam 1998-2000: UK studio residency, Delfina Studio Trust, London (2004-2006), International Residency, Recollets, Paris (2013), MACBA & L'Appartement 22, Rabat, international residency (2014), Galveston Artists Residency, Texas (2014 -2015).
Her archive of over forty 'hand-crafted' videos; experimental photography, painting and shamanic performances have been widely exhibited. Upcoming solo exhibitions at Klowden Mann in Los Angeles (2016). Ndiritu’s recent solo exhibitions took place at La Ira De Dios, Buenos Aires (2014), L’Appartement 22 Rabat, Morroco (2014), Chisenhale Gallery, London (2007), the 51st Venice Biennale (2005) and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2005). Recent solo performances and screenings include Museum Modern of Art, Warsaw (2014), Musee Chasse & Nature and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2013), ICA Artist Film Survey, London (2011), Artprojx at Prince Charles Cinema London (2009).
Ndiritu has been featured in Apollo Magazine 40 Under 40 (2014); Phaidon: The 21st Century Art Book (2014) and her work is also housed in museum collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw and private collections such as the Walther Collection, New York and Germany. Her experimental art writing has been published by Animal Shelter Journal Semiotext(e) MIT Press, Metropolis M art magazine and Oxford University Press. Grace Ndiritu is represented by Klowden Mann Gallery, Los Angeles.