Breathing the Light creates a platform for artists whose work responds to the condition of our times.
It takes as its starting point the home – a place of refuge where we nurture relationships, feed souls and whose shelter we return to at the end of the day. During the pandemic this role altered. As keyworkers left for work each morning, we were told to stay inside – our walls becoming porous to work, study and new digital lives. Easily punctured by the real world, navigating the politics of out there alongside our internal fragilities has become part of our new hybrid reality. The artists in this show explore these realignments, utilising creativity as an act of resistance as they pause to look afresh at the world around us.
This exhibition showcases work by some of the most exciting and thought-provoking artists working in the UK today, including Larry Achiampong, Emma Hart, Daniel & Clara, Joy Labinjo, Urara Tsuchiya, Barbara Walker and Caroline Walker.
It has been inspired by the vision and fierce optimism of Ben Okri’s anthology ‘A Fire in My Head: Poems for the Dawn’ which includes Breathing the Light.
Image: Caroline Walker, ‘Raabs IV’ (detail), 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Zagury Collection.