Auto Italia programme preview 2021–22

Auto Italia programme preview 2021–22

Auto Italia

Joshua Chuquimia Crampton, Querida Mamita, 2020.

August 24, 2021
Auto Italia programme preview 2021–22
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Chuquimamani-Condori (Elysia Crampton) & Joshua Chuquimia Crampton
September 23–December 5, 2021

US-based multidisciplinary artists and musicians Chuquimamani-Condori (Elysia Crampton Chuquimia) & Joshua Chuquimia Crampton will present their first international solo exhibition premiering a newly commissioned moving-image work, Amaru’s Tongue: Daughter. The film enacts a ceremony for their grandmother Flora, a herbalist, demonstrating their family’s rituals surrounding death. Underpinned by the Pakaxa Aymara nation’s abolitionist traditions as inseparable from the Black radical tradition, this project attests to different spacetimes and ways of imagining as “abolition geographies.”

Commissioned by: Auto Italia
Producers: Auto Italia, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève and Haus der Kunst, Munich
Supporters: Chelsea Art Club Trust, Contemporary Bolivian Arts Trust UK

Sands Murray-Wassink
With Cassie Augusta Jørgensen & Rory Pilgrim, Harilay Rabenjamina and Ebun Sodipo

January 8–March 6, 2022

Painter, body artist, writer and perfume collector Sands Murray-Wassink (US/the Netherlands) will present a selection of drawings and paintings from his expansive archive, which spans over 25 years. The exhibition brings together works that explore humour as a strategy for describing alternative representations of gay male sexuality and mental health and centre the influence of feminist figures, including his former teacher and longtime friend Carolee Schneemann. Through such strategies, Murray-Wassink consciously and systematically links with the history of feminist art practice. The exhibition is part of Gift Science Archive, an archiving performance and series of presentations developed by Sands Murray-Wassink and collaborators If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam.

This exhibition is accompanied by commissioned and restaged performances by Cassie Augusta Jørgensen (Denmark) & Rory Pilgrim (UK/the Netherlands), Harilay Rabenjamina (France) and Ebun Sodipo (UK).

Co-Producers: If I Can’t Dance, Amsterdam; mistral, Amsterdam
Supporters: Arts Council England; Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, UK; Institut français du Royaume-Uni, UK; Mondriaan Fonds
Special thanks to the Rijksakademie van beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam

Josiane m.h Pozi
March 16, 2022

London-based artist and filmmaker Josiane m.h Pozi (UK) presents a newly commissioned live event comprising performance, moving image and sound. In a technologised mediation, the artist challenges the hyper-drama of fictionalised versions of reality we are currently bombarded with through politics and social media.

Co-commissioned by: Auto Italia and Arsenic, Lausanne 
Supporters: Forma, London; Arts Council England

Adjoa Armah
April 7–June 5, 2022

Artist, researcher and anthropologist Adjoa Armah (UK/Ghana) will present the first exhibition of photographs from her ongoing research project the Saman Archive in the UK. Initiated in 2015, the Saman Archive comprises over 100,000 photographic negatives of studio and vernacular photography collected across Ghana. Approached as a technology, the archive offers a starting point for mapping contemporary Afro-diasporic artistic and academic practices engaging in Black liberatory thought. The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of symposia and newly commissioned texts by a group of international artists, archivists and researchers.

Ashley Holmes
June 16, 2022

For this new performance piece, Sheffield-based artist Ashley Holmes (UK) continues his ongoing exploration of the collection, dissemination and presentation of music and sound. This performance traces Jamaican music culture’s nuances and legacies and investigates the influence of its political and social contexts in Britain today. 

Supporters: Arts Council England

Natasha Tontey
July 7 – September 4, 2022

In her first UK solo exhibition, Natasha Tontey (Indonesia) presents a newly commissioned body of work that departs from her research around public fear manufactured by fictional accounts of history and myth-making. The commission will explore resulting expectations of the future through speculative fiction as well as practices of futurity from the point of view of the subtle and personal struggles of minority groups and outcast beings. This will include the Yogyakarta-based artist and filmmaker’s work around the dynamic of Minahasan cosmology—an Indigenous ethnic group in North Sulawesi, Indonesia—and its potential for opening an alternative world.

Auto Italia
Auto Italia is an artist-run organisation and project space that commissions new work, bringing together international networks of artists committed to the development of emerging practices and discussions in contemporary art.

We support early and mid-career artists to develop discourse, active research and experimental projects. This focuses on collaborative models for producing and distributing artwork and is made possible through the development of relationships and conversations with artists, grassroots communities, and a growing peer network of collaborating visual arts organisations in the UK and internationally.

Auto Italia’s 2020–21 programme is made possible by Headline Exhibition Supporters Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation, and Arts Council England.

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