autoportrait is the first solo exhibition in the UK by artist Luke Willis Thompson. Once more this is exhibition at the Chisenhale Gallery is tackling a very current themes – police violence and racial and social injustice.
For his exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, the artists Luke Willis Thompson presents a portrait of Diamond Reynolds. You probably remember her name from the news, as she broadcast, via Facebook Live, the moments immediately after the fatal shooting of her partner Philando Castile by a police officer during a traffic-stop.
“In November 2016, with the assistance of Chisenhale Gallery, Thompson established a conversation with Reynolds, and her lawyer, and invited Reynolds to work with him on the production of an artwork. Thompson proposed to make an aesthetic response that could act as a ‘sister-image’ to Reynolds’ video broadcast. Thompson and Reynolds agreed to produce a film together, to be presented in London, and which would break with the well-known image of Reynolds, caught in a moment of violence and distributed within a constant flow of news.”
For a review by Hettie Judah for the Guardian please click here.
This show at the Chisenhale Gallery (64 Chisenhale Road, London E3 5QZ) is running until 27 August 2017. Opening times: Wednesday to Sundays from 12 – 6pm.
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