Leeds Revisited

Dortmund, Germany
12th October – 7th November 2014

plakat-leeds-neuEast Street Arts has been invited by Dortmunder Gruppe to curate an exhibition of members’ work at the BIG-Gallery in Dortmund, Germany.

“The project is a continuation on an ongoing creative exchange between East Street Arts and Dortmunder Gruppe. The first East St Arts Salon, launched in November 2008 at Patrick Studios, was then materialized in the Torhaus, Dortmund as ‘Salon:Dopplegänger’. In 2009, ‘Salon:Vardøgr’ was East Street Arts participation in that years’ Leeds Art Fair, celebrating the 40th anniversary of twinning between Leeds and Dortmund, which culminated with a visit to Leeds by German artists and their works later that year.

Dortmunder Gruppe, originated in the 1920’s as the ‘Dortmunder Künstlervereinigung’ (“artists association”), disbanded in 1934 because the members were not prepared to comply with the dictates of the Nazi Regime. Re-forming in 1956, its roots lie in artists of the 50’s need to rediscover the buried traces of modernism. Although the Dortmund Group initially decided to devote its activities to abstract or non-figurative painting and sculpture, without however drawing up a programme of artistic principles, i.e. a manifesto. Other forms of expression were gradually taken into consideration.

Today the ‘Gruppe’ has 22 members. One of the important aspects of collaboration with the City of Dortmund, is the development of contacts with artists abroad. The ‘Gruppe’ has exhibited in Romania, England, Lithuania, Netherlands, Serbia and France, and invited artists from those countries to exhibit in Dortmund, as well as from Switzerland, Austria and Latvia.”

As part of the Leeds Revisited exhibition, I will be showing my works ‘Head of a Nat Spirit’ and ‘Figure of Ganesh’. This body of work is produced using drawing and collage and focuses on collections, particularly the relationship between objects in a museum context. In studying the formal qualities of ethnographic objects within fine art practice through text and image, my aim is to consider the categories used to describe artworks from around the world, and how this contributes to ways of understanding cultural production across disparate geographical regions.

Works exhibited by: Louise Atkinson, Lorna Barrowclough, Carine Brosse, Ellen Burroughs, Paula Chambers, Paul Digby, Jon Eland, Hondartza Fraga, Christopher Hall, Fiona Halliday, Jason Hynes, Andrew Lister, Ellie MacGarry, Eva Mileusnic, Carla Moss, Annie Nelson, Eleni Odysseos, Kathryn Oubridge, Anna Turner, Katrien Van Liefferinge, Chris Woodward, and Valerie Zwart.