October 26, 2017 - Chisenhale Gallery - 2018 commissions programme
October 26, 2017

Chisenhale Gallery

(1) Lydia Ourahmane, 2017. Production still. Image courtesy the artist. (2) Paul Maheke, Seeking After the Fully Grown Dancer *deep within* (still), (2016). Video. Image courtesy the artist, Galerie Sultana and Life Long Burning. (3) Banu Cennetoğlu, List of 16.264, Documentation as of June 13, 2012 by UNITED for Intercultural Action. 150 posters, in Turkish, in collaboration with Measure- Europe’n and Salt, Istanbul, 2012. Image courtesy the artist and Rodeo, London. (4) Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Saydnaya (the missing 19db), 2017. Sound, mixing desk, light box, dimensions variable. Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation. Image courtesy the artist, Sharjah Art Foundation and Maureen Paley, London.

2018 commissions programme

Chisenhale Gallery
64 Chisenhale Road
London E3 5QZ
United Kingdom
Hours: Thursday–Sunday 12–6pm

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Chisenhale Gallery commissions and produces contemporary art supporting international and UK-based artists to pursue new directions and make their most ambitious work to date. The gallery has an award winning, 35-year history as one of London’s most innovative forums for contemporary art and operates alternately as a production agency, exhibition hall, research centre and community resource.

The 2018 exhibitions programme comprises new commissions by Lydia Ourahmane, Paul Maheke, Banu Cennetoğlu and Lawrence Abu Hamdan. 

Working with video, performance, sound and installation these artists explore how knowledge is produced, exchanged and consumed. Their work also raises complex questions concerning the effects of geographic borders on bodies and how systems of governance influence everyday experience. As part of the commissioning process, a series of discursive events is programmed in collaboration with each artist and runs throughout the duration of each exhibition.

Lydia Ourahmane
January 26–March 25, 2018
Opening: Thursday, January 25, 6:30–8:30pm

The first solo exhibition in an institution by London and Oran-based artist Lydia Ourahmane. Incorporating installation, performance, video and sound, Ourahmane’s work explores the psychological resonance of organic and industrial environments. Following an incident where two guard dogs were stolen from her home in Oran, Ourahmane began an investigation into their whereabouts. For her commission at Chisenhale Gallery, Ourahmane draws from this investigation to explore the conditions and systems that produce violence and the forms of resistance that counter them.

Paul Maheke
April 13–June 10, 2018
Opening: Thursday, April 12, 6:30–8:30pm

In April 2018 Chisenhale Gallery presents the first major solo presentation in a UK institution by London-based artist Paul Maheke. Through a varied and often collaborative body of work comprising performance, installation, sound and video, Maheke considers the potential of the body as an archive in order to examine how memory and identity are formed and constituted. For his commission at Chisenhale Gallery, Maheke develops a new body of work exploring power relations, cosmology and magic.

Banu Cennetoğlu
June 29–August 26, 2018
Opening: Thursday, June 28, 6:30–8:30pm

The first solo exhibition in a UK institution by Istanbul-based artist Banu Cennetoğlu. As part of her commission at Chisenhale Gallery, Cennetoğlu facilitates a new edition of The List. Compiled and updated each year by UNITED for Intercultural Action, The List traces information relating to the death of more than 33,305 refugees and migrants who have lost their lives within, or on the borders of Europe since 1993. Co-commissioned with Liverpool Biennial for its 10th edition, The List will take place across sites in London and Liverpool during summer 2018.

Lawrence Abu Hamdan
September 21–December 9, 2018
Opening: Thursday, September 20, 6:30-8:30pm

A major new commission by Berlin and Beirut-based artist and "private ear," Lawrence Abu Hamdan. Using installation, performance, sound, photography, text, public lectures, video and graphic works, Abu Hamdan’s work interrogates how information is analysed and truth is determined. For his exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, Abu Hamdan develops his enquiry into the political effects of listening, presenting a sonic installation and the final chapter of an acoustic investigation into the Syrian regime prison of Saydnaya.


Chisenhale Gallery is a registered charity and part of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio. All of the gallery’s exhibitions and the majority of events are free.

Chisenhale Gallery’s 2018 commissions programme supporters and production partners include LUMA Foundation; Sirine & Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh; The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture; Joe & Marie Donnelly; Chisenhale Gallery Friends and Patrons; and Liverpool Biennial.

Chisenhale Gallery’s current exhibition, Some Context, by artist Hannah Black continues until December 10, 2017.

For further information please contact:
Lisa Hill at SUTTON: T +44 (0) 20 7183 3577 / lisa [​at​] suttonpr.com
Ellen Greig: T +44 (0) 20 3328 1964 / ellen.greig [​at​] chisenhale.org.uk

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