06 June - 30 June
Human Coral: An exhibition examining the social significance of street markets
PRIVATE VIEW Thursday 6th June, 6pm - 7.30pm . Please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org
Save London's Street Markets!
In the last decade London’s street markets were expected to see a gradual decline due to the expansion of the city, a rampant tall building’s strategy and density controls from mixed-use developments, however, in light of the global recession they reappeared back on our shopping radar; allowing many of the city’s inhabitant’s access to fresh, affordable food and clothes.
Markets offer a melange of International cultural exchange; however the inflexibility of planning system appears to work against people’s vision to retain them. Through the systematic expansion of real estate, highly centralised, security-ridden and corporately branded places have been created, which has in turn created a widening deficit in consultation, thus denying the city’s inhabitants of ‘active’ democratic participation and detrimentally impacting on people’s collective confidence.
London-based Visual Artist and Spatial Designer, Saif Osmani takes on the role of activist, documenting his findings of a decade of struggles of traders, shoppers and shop-keepers to save their food-source, community and social space and livelihoods. In the street market, fledgling, microscopic and local businesses interact through complex oral exchanges, where bread-winners and families-run businesses can fend for themselves, allowing those outside of mainstream jobs to become independent.
The artist views markets as the “last social spaces left in the capital”, questioning the neo-liberalisation of public spaces which has seen an immense scale of change in East London, meaning less spaces for people to freely accumulate in, whilst seeing a gradual eradication of the city’s long-standing social fabric and a systematic erosion of fragile, yet vital entities such as street markets. Markets resist the generic pattern of centralised shopping areas and have consequently become one of the last contested spaces to rein in control.
The artist seeks to ask, where does the community formulate and has it been pushed to the periphery of the city?
04 July - 26 August
The City keeps on ticking, and never stops. But what if there was a parallel city within London, where you arrive at stations of the soul?
With a vast universe of mind bending architectures, stunning landscapes and highly intricate drawings, Soul In The Machine is an invitation to a very unique visual arts exhibition.
Join visual artist Khyle Alexander Raja for a stunning opening night, where he will be drawing live with acclaimed graffiti artist Mohammed Ali and accompanied by the lucid poetry of David J Pugilist, in an environment of surreal soundscapes.
The portals open on July 4th, as we embark on a technological, architectural and metaphysical journey.
This two month exhibition includes:
- -Live artistic collaborations on the opening night; layering digital, painted & verbal mediums
- -Unique poetry accompanying selected artworks
- -A panel discussion on the evolving roles & expressions of Muslim Artists in 21st century Britain
- -Skill-shares with local youth groups
Khyle Alexander Raja is an Artist based in London, England. With a seven-year background in Architecture, Khyle has developed hand & digital drawing techniques to create vivid, massive landscapes and new worlds. Each drawing collection reframes contemporary society and spiritual practices, through Science Fiction and Theoretical Architecture.
Each piece is an exploration of the relationship between The Creator, Humanity and the Universe. Within each piece, another avenue is born and the process continues, indefinitely.
Although not explicitly aligned to known religious archetypes (in calligraphy, geometry or architectural), Khyle's work is implicitly inspired by the Created Universe, its phenomena, and also the social trends and technologies of 21st century society.
Highlighting the schisms between these forces is the focus of his work. To develop a unique, spiritual journey in a rapidly changing and dynamic culture is its aim.
Khyle Alexander Raja - Soul In The Machine Private View
An invitation to the Private view for Khyle Alexander Raja’s new show Soul In The Machine opening at Rich Mix. To RSVP to the event please email us: email@example.com
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