Acme Project Space

Acme Project Space
44 Bonner Road
London
Greater London
E2 9JS
England

Website

www.acme.org.uk/projectspace.php

E-mail

mail@acme.org.uk

Telephone

020 89816811

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Image of exterior of the Acme Project Space

The Acme Project Space is a multi-purpose venue located at our major studio site at Robinson Road, Bethnal Green, E2.

The Acme Project Space supports a range of activities including our expanding Residency, Awards & Community Programme and our major International Residencies Programme with exhibitions, presentations, seminars and events.

Please be aware the Acme Project Space is not an exhibition space with a curated programme, so we are not in a position to accept unsolicited exhibition proposals.
Information

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

During exhibitions: Thurs-Sun, 1pm-6pm

Admission charges

Free

Getting there

Acme Project Space is located in the heart of East London's gallery district, around the corner from The Approach and a short walk from Vyner Street. The venue is well served by public transport:

* Underground - Bethnal Green (Central Line)
* Train - Cambridge Heath
* Bus - D3 & 309
* Car - On street pay and display parking (unrestricted at weekends)

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Love Enqvist

The World Turned Upside Down

  • 6 — 8 February 2015

The World Turned Upside Down is an exhibition of new work by Iaspis 2013/14 residency artist Love Enqvist at the Acme Project Space. For this exhibition Enqvist has harvested radical gardening references using them to create an environment for imaginary gardens. Each of Enqvist’s layered references begins with a historical character, whose solitary obsession with gardens was inspired by a spiritual belief. The exhibition is a labyrinth of imagery and language, and at its centre is an invitation to create an imaginary garden through a hypnotic process. The title, taken from Leon Rosselson’s folk song of the same name, references the 17th century movement the Diggers and introduces the concept that assumed knowledge can be ‘turned upside down’.

The exhibition begins with evocative images: in one found image the wife of farmer and tree-shaper Axel Erlandson stands with an intricate geometric tree. In contrast, Enqvist’s work 'Axel Erlandson' (2014) records (on scarce 16mm film) the trees after Erlandson’s death. The branches have changed over time: straightened and rebelled without the work of the solitary sculptor, however they still retain their otherworldly allure.

Moving further into the exhibition imagery gives way to sound. In a darkened space, with a raised carpet, a voice carries a string of parallel metaphors. Inspired by the self-induced trances of the San Francisco Diggers and 18th century theologian Emanuel Swedenborg’s ‘correspondence’ through gardens. 'Andramandoni' (2015) uses hypnotic language to discover what cannot be explored in imagery. Each listener finishes the narrative by building an image of his or her own garden.

Enqvist further explores the lapse between image and language in 'Magellania' (2014). Intertwining narrated moments of darkness with silent footage the artist tells the story of Cristina Calderón, the last speaker of the Yaghan language. Referencing Jules Verne’s final book, this essay film rethinks the colonisation of language and image, suggesting instead that ‘silence is not passive’.

Acme Project Space 44 Bonner Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9JS
T 020 8981 6811 E mail@acme.org.uk W www.acme.org.uk/projectspace.php

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.acme.org.uk/international

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
'Queen's Face' by Stephen Fakiyesi

Stephen Fakiyesi & Harold Offeh FAKIYESI/OFFEH: How to Speak to Power?

  • 30 January — 1 February 2015 *on now

Stephen Fakiyesi & Harold Offeh FAKIYESI/OFFEH: How to Speak to Power?

30 January - 1 February 2015
1pm to 6pm Thursday to Sunday
Private View: Thursday 29 January, 6pm to 8pm
Closing Event: Sunday 1 February, 3pm to 6pm. An opportunity to meet both artists and discuss their work in the gallery.

To celebrate the culmination of his six-month London residency in 2014, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, artist Stephen Fakiyesi returns to London to exhibit How to Speak to Power? at the Acme Project Space with British artist Harold Offeh. In a chapter titled 'The Ethnic Theory of Plane Crashes', Outliers author, Malcolm Gladwell, correlates the high plane crash rates in the late 80s to the late 90s of some countries’ national airlines to a cultural legacy that disparages or otherwise does not equip its populace with an effective means by which to address and question authority and authority figures.

The “loss” rate for the worst performing airlines in the study was attributed to “human factors”. Such “human factors” stem from a culture of timidity and suppression; and have real world consequences, like the inability of a first officer to speak plainly and boldly to a superior officer or to Air Traffic Control - contributing to a staggering 17 times greater rate of plane crashes than the global standard.
The point of all this goes well beyond aviation to suggest, like the inability of these pilots to be heard, that entire segments of society are voiceless - and cannot right themselves - until they and we acknowledge the importance of their cultural legacy in effecting their (and possibly our) involuntary action or inaction, and take the appropriate steps to fix it.

The two artists presented in this exhibition, Stephen Fakiyesi, and Harold Offeh, use play and humour in their art work, as disarmingly as a court jester, to suggest strategies that give voice to the voiceless and that makes visible the imbalances of power which often goes unnoticed in regular social interactions. In so doing, they point to a more equitable balance of power within the world at large.

Offeh presents two videos, Services Rendered and Freshen Up. Both works examine Offeh’s exploration of the dynamics and power relations of the toilet attendant. Services Rendereddocuments Offeh’s attempts to take on the role in various contexts. While Freshen Upreconfigures found footage of African toilet attendants singing in bars and clubs.

Fakiyesi presents Rock with You, from his 2014 residency, a series of photographs of the artist performing Michael Jackson moves alongside statues in east London. Also included isObama Masks, a photo-based performance in which the artist sells Michelle and Barack Obama masks on the streets of Toronto just prior to the 2010 US presidential election. A final piece, Stacks, is an interactive work which invites the audience to build house-of-card structures out of oversized playing cards that feature African kings and queens in various stages of resolution.

Stephen Fakiyesi is a Nigerian-Canadian artist based in Toronto. He is best known for producing print media installations that are conceptual in nature and address social, spiritual and cultural identity. Fakiyesi received his Bachelor of Art in Art and Art History from the University of Toronto and his Master of Fine Art degree from the University of California Los Angeles.

Harold Offeh born in Accra, Ghana is an artist who works in a range of media including performance, video, photography and interactive and digital media employing humour as a means to confront the viewer with an assessment of contemporary popular culture. He studied at the University of Brighton and the Royal College of Art, London.

Acme Project Space 44 Bonner Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9JS
T 020 8981 6811 E mail@acme.org.uk W www.acme.org.uk/projectspace.php

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.acme.org.uk/international

Getting there

Acme Project Space is located in the heart of East London's gallery district, around the corner from The Approach and a short walk from Vyner Street. The venue is well served by public transport:

* Underground - Bethnal Green (Central Line)
* Train - Cambridge Heath
* Bus - D3 & 309
* Car - On street pay and display parking (unrestricted at weekends)

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