Alicja Rogaska: Decamouflaging. By Vivian Checchia

An essay accompanying Alicja Rogalska’s exhibition ‘Other Voices’ by Viviana Checchia.

Interview with Deniz Üster

‘Citadel’ at Art Exchange An interview with artist Deniz Üster, who is exhibiting ‘Citadel’ in Art Exchange’s main gallery space. She talks to Jo Morton about the ideas behind this imaginative and insightful show. Üster transforms Art Exchange into a sci-fi inflected landscape. Reinventing Ron Herron’s idea of ‘walking cities’, ‘Citadel’ is a model of […]

Interview with New Geographies artist Maria Anastassiou

New Geographies at Art Exchange This is an interview with Maria Anastassiou, Art Exchange’s artist for the New Geographies project. Maria talks about the migrant communities in Tilbury that she is working with, and her thoughts on the role of the artist in post-Brexit Britain. The New Geographies project is a three year partnership between […]

Sharing Roots: On Plumb Poltergeist by Aaron Angell and Ian Law

Sharing Roots: On Plumb Poltergeist By Matthew Bowman Some exhibitions can feel perfectly spaced and capable of conjoining sparseness with plenitude. In entering Art Exchange to see Plumb Poltergeist, the viewer observes a number of works belonging to discrete groups. On the low rectangular plinth close to the door, are three inflatable stools dating from […]

Review of Chris Dobrowolski’s Remnants of Utopia

Chris Dobrowolski Remnants of Utopia 16 November – 16 December 2017 To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Art Exchange explored the influence on the Soviet Union on artists working today, by offering a show to Chris Dobrowolski. In his response entitled ‘Remnants of Utopia’, conversations about political issues are inevitably raised, […]

Chris Dobrowolski: Offer Must End Soon

Jess Twyman I recently dug up a text I wrote on Chris’s previous exhibition ‘Offer Must End Soon’. Elements of his work have since developed – inevitably – but there are also some strands that continue to fascinate Chris and have found their way into our current show, ‘Remnants of Utopia’. Offer Must End Soon I first came across Chris Dobrowolski’s […]

Nur Aniqah Binte Sumadi

“El No Me Mires” by Carlos Amorales Carlos Amorales is an artist from Mexico City who experiments a variety of media for his artworks which includes video, animation, painting, drawing, sculpture and performance. He uses his artworks to explore the limitations of language and translation systems to analyse cultural experiments. As part of a trilogy, […]

Nur Aniqah Binte Sumadi on William Kentridge’s Monument

Monument (1990) by William Kentridge William Kentridge (born 28 April 1955) is a South African artist who employs techniques in printing, drawing and animated films as part of his work. The composition and media selection for his works play a significant role in the narrative that he aims to share to the audience. Most of […]

Lenin: The Man Behind the Finger

  Colin Rideout, University of Essex Philosophy student and Art Exchange Frontrunner, responds to our exhibition, FALLEN, with his essay, Lenin: The Man Behind the Finger. Lenin: The Man Behind the Finger               Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, was one of the most (in)famous and important figures of the 20th Century. His leadership […]

Review of 2 ‘political’ artists exhibitions – Mona Hatoum and Peter Kennard

Addressing issues of conflict in art is often contested territory. Do you say it loud and with absolute conviction, or do you create a space for reflection – to think and start a conversation? With this issue in mind I visited two ‘political’ artist’s exhibitions: Peter Kennard at the Imperial War Museum and Mona Hatoum at […]

Review of Safe European Home?

With the current political climate, social movements have triggered concerns regarding forms of living. Art has not been the exception, and in fact artists have extended the limits of art itself to zones by replacing traditional art materials with social relationships. The realm of art has become a neutral space to think about and discuss […]

Emma Hart Spread – Elinor Morgan

  “I feel frustrated that visual art has so many limits on what you can and can’t talk about. I can’t really talk about my life, or feeling old, or my child’s health. The visual arts are so achingly cool” *   I first saw Emma Hart’s work in 2009. ‘Chasing Animals’ (2007–2010) was a […]

Regina José Galindo: Tierra by David Murrieta Flores

Regina José Galindo: Tierra Regina José Galindo’s Tierra is striking in a way that is perhaps uncommon in the artist’s work in general: the aggression in the performance is not directly aimed at her nude body, but to her surroundings. Based on narrative material that was part of Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt’s trial for […]

The World’s Long Thoughts by Lawrence Bradby

  The World’s Long Thoughts by Lawrence Bradby   Why are there plants in here? It’s in plants’ nature to be green. And it’s in our nature to regard them with a discerning eye. We are able to distinguish more gradations within the green portion of the visible light spectrum than in any other. Our […]

Photographic Audiences, National Identities, and Ethics: Reflections on Lee Miller’s War by Matthew Bowman

In looking at the photographs taken by Lee Miller during World War Two, one question we might find ourselves asking would concern the intended audience for these images. Working as an official correspondent for Vogue magazine, Miller’s photographs of conflict were situated amongst other images that depicted the latest trends in fashion and it was […]