Including work by Sophia Oshodin, Emma Prempeh, Jamilla Okubo and Adebunmi Gbadebo, the exhibition’s themes span ”identity, gender, family, society, sexuality, empowerment, and consumerism, [viewed] through perspectives of Black femininity”
Paula Rego at Tate Britain, London: Portuguese-born, London-based artist Paula Rego has played an extraordinary part in revolutionising the representation of women in contemporary art. Now, a retrospective at Tate Britain will allow viewers to understand the full scope of Rego’s boundless imagination and socio-political activism. Over 100 artworks are set to go on display later this month, ranging from paintings, collages and large-scale pastels to drawings and etchings. These span her early work from the 1950s, exploring both her own struggles and larger societal issues, through her seminal Abortion series, an unflinching look at the repercussions of illegal terminations, ending with her more recent, staged figurative works.
UNTITLED: Art on the Conditions of Our Time at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge: bridge, a group show brings together the work of ten British African diaspora artists – including Barby Asante, Phoebe Boswell and Larry Achiampong – to highlight the ways in which their individual practices probe at some of today’s most important cultural and political issues. A curation of painting, drawing and printmaking, alongside performance, video and sound installations, the display asks viewers ”to examine the conditions of our time through the prism of [contemporary] Black British artists, without reducing the encounter solely to an exploration of Black British identity.”
Let’s Live with Less Plastic: The Art Exhibit, UK and Online: An upcoming exhibition from Le Good Society will foreground a number of artworks and prints that spotlight the ill-effects of plastic usage in a bid to encourage viewers to participate in The Marine Conservation Society’s plastic challenge, #PlasticFreeJuly. The playful but pertinent pieces, by the likes of Ellise Chappell, Paul Davis and Stuart Semple, will be displayed on large digital billboards across the UK, as well as online.
Albion Fields, Oxford: UK readers, don’t miss the opening of Albion Fields, a new 50-acre sculpture park located just outside Oxford. Its inaugural exhibition consists of 18, large-scale sculptures by an impressive array of artists like Ai Weiwei, Erwin Wurm, Jeppe Hein and Alicja Kwade, presented in the park’s verdant surroundings: the perfect way to while away a hot summer’s afternoon.
Mother of Mankind at House of Fine Art, London: Be sure to catch Mother of Mankind, a group display of contemporary, all-female artists at HOFA Gallery, London, in collaboration with ADA Gallery, Accra. While hailing from a wide range of countries – Nigeria, Canada, the UK, Nudist singles dating sites South Africa, Ghana, the US and France – the featured artists share what the galleries term ”a bold figurative approach and courageous, spirited embrace of mixed media”.
Be sure to catch Tove, Zaida Bergroth’s biopic of the beloved Moomins’ creator Tove Jansson, which traces the Swedish-Finnish artist’s rise to fame, and her impassioned relationship with theatre director Vivica Bandle, in the wake of World War Two
Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s comedy-drama Another Round sees a group of teachers conduct their own experiment to observe what happens if they each maintain a blood alcohol level of 0.05 per cent throughout the school day – with intoxicating results. Then there’s Two of Us, Filippo Meneghetti’s singular drama following two retired neighbours, Nina and Madeleine, as they navigate the tail end of their secret, decades-long romance. Ben Sharrock’s BAFTA-nominated film Limbo, meanwhile, tells the offbeat story of a young Syrian musician and three other asylum seekers temporarily stranded on a fictional Scottish island.
Doyen of the supernatural M. Night Shyamalan returns with Old, a mysterious thriller about a family vacationing on a tropical island, who discover that their surroundings are somehow causing them to age at a rapid pace over the course of a single day. While the wonderfully idiosyncratic comedy-horror Deer Skin, by French filmmaker Quentin Dupieux, follows a man with a single, strange ambition – ”to possess the finest jacket in the world at the expense of all others”.