Curated by Jade Foster
26/04/19 – 16/05/19
4/4 presents newly commissioned and existing work by Jade Foster, Jade Montserrat, and Rebekah Ubuntu.
(In)Visible Bodies addresses the hyper(in)visibility of women and non-binary artists from the African and Caribbean Diaspora. The project encompases an exhibition and public programme that crosses over multiple spaces, both artist-led and art institution.
The (In)Visible Bodies exhibition is centred around the exploration of performativity and black diasporic identity in relation to site and place. Within this scope there is a particular focus on cross-disciplinary practice and art as activism. (In)Visible Bodies begins to delve into how the artists employ performativity, movement, and sound as a form of reclamation, re-embodiment, and resistance. In doing so, attempting to collectively reframe representations of the black femme body.
Through use of the gallery and The Reading Room, the curator seeks a sense of balance by addressing the intrinsic relationship between the history, present and future as an entry point to engage with the idea of Diaspora. Jade Montserrat looks back to the 20th-century; whilst Rebekah Ubuntu reimagines within a decolonial and utopian future. This is balanced through Jade Foster’s site-specific, an ephemeral live performance, which only manifests and activates within the moment.
Jade Foster considers their curatorial work as an extension of their artistic practice and is currently developing a new commission titled Blackbirds II - a durational performance and sound documentary.
Jade Montserrat’s archive and collection of work from her continual, widespread Rainbow Tribe research allows us to understand her creative trajectory and development to date. Through a retrospective approach, a curated installation is presented at four/four as a new commission incorporating: compendia, posters, manifestos, maps, drawings, plans and scores
Rebekah Ubuntu has been commissioned to create the final instalment in a series that began with the premiere of Are you there? for Transpose: The Future in December 2018 at the Barbican Centre and recently during Cyborg at the Wellcome Collection. They will be exhibiting It Doesn't Exist.
The Reading Room at four/four will be curated in collaboration with four/four collective and the artists to link themes within the project to wider conversations and texts around Race, Identity, and Representation within contemporary art and society.
Additional Public Program
Deep Dive is a series of close readings and discussions.
9th May and 15th May
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Join Arit Emmanuela Etukudo (Artist), Jade Foster (Artist-Curator), Cédric Fauq (Curator, Nottingham Contemporary) and Cindy Sissokho (Producer of Touring Exhibitions, New Art Exchange) in exploring the texts featured in The Reading Room more intimately. As an entry point to discussing concepts around Blackness, de-colonial practice and black diasporic identity, we will be delving into essays by Jade Montserrat and Daniella Rose King (some possibilities of) Rural Belongings published in 2018 by Women & Performance journal; Where Do We Go From Here: For They Shall Be Heard by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung in Frieze and Curating for the Age of Blackness by Cédric Fauq in Mousse Magazine.
Limited spaces available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place
(In)Visible Bodies: Artist Talk
New Art Exchange
27th April 2019
12.30pm – 2pm
How does an artist prepare the body for performance? How do we collectively create an ecology of care in both artist-led spaces and art institutions? (In)Visible Bodies (4/4 Gallery, Primary) artist-curator Jade Foster is joined by 4/4 Gallery exhibiting artists Jade Montserrat and Rebekah Ubuntu alongside Nigerian artist, Vivian Chinasa Ezugha to unpick what it means to be hyper (in)visible within contemporary art and society, and discuss wider discourse surrounding art and activism.
All are welcome
From Curator to Curator
New Art Exchange
5th May 2019
3pm – 4.30pm
(In)Visible Bodies (4/4 Gallery, Primary) artist-curator Jade Foster will be in conversation with acclaimed cultural producer, artist and writer Legacy Russell, discussing #GlitchFeminism and surviving the art world as a woman of colour, both on and offline. Russell is currently Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Foster will also discuss the development of their new curatorial forum supporting women and non-binary curators of colour based in the UK.
All are welcome