For the first time, Tate Modern tells the intertwined stories of photography and abstract art. 📷 🔳 🔲 ◼️
Shape of Light is the first major exhibition to explore the relationship between the two, spanning the century from the 1910s to the present day. It brings to life the innovation and originality of photographers over this period, and shows how they responded and contributed to the development of abstraction.
Key photographs are brought together from pioneers including Man Ray and Alfred Stieglitz, major contemporary artists such as Barbara Kasten and Thomas Ruff, right up to exciting new work by Antony Cairns, Maya Rochat and Daisuke Yokota, made especially for the exhibition.
Nengi Omuku is a multi award-winning Nigerian born painter who currently lives and studies in the UK. Notable awards include the CHOGM award presented to her by Queen Elizabeth. Her work functions as a metaphor alluding to wider themes of race, understanding and a mutual belonging.
Through colour, she explores the supposition that the figure can be transformed based on the premise that things could not only look, but also be otherwise. The release from the physical form has led her into a new territory, a moment-by-moment expression of beings that have been transformed from their present reality, reanimated through colour and marks.
It is her desire to convey portraits: presences floating through active spaces, presences that have the aspiration of becoming events in their own right. She also frequently explores the encounter – what happens when different forms meet. Another element of her work is the escape, in particular, the escape the bodies inhabit.
The preview opening will be followed at 9pm by a LIVE performance: ART & MUSIC JAM ‘A Musical Postcard’ By musicians Siemy Di(drums), Jim Lampi (chapman stick), Anais Lilia (belly dancing) & Kinsi Abdulleh (visual arts and poetry)
The exhibition will run until the end of Wednesday 13th July. Be sure to come down and support this young artist. Her work is definitely something worth having in all your rooms, so bring your cheery spirit and your wallet.