Continuing Narratives of Identity and Migration

Exhibition runs until 24 April 2016

Unexpected: Continuing Narratives of Identity and Migration brings the Ben Uri into the present day. Having recently completed our centenary show Out of Chaos at Somerset House we return to our own gallery space with invited guests. After our 100 years of exploring identity and migration in London it is time to open our doors to the next generation of migrants and refugees.

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Natty Roots Natty Bongo  by Fowokan George Kelly

In collaboration with Counterpoints Arts, this new exhibition juxtaposes works from Ben Uri’s permanent collection by artists including Frank Auerbach and Eva Frankfurther with invited artists offering a contemporary response across a range of practices and media including Behjat Omer Abdulla, Güler Ates, James Russell Cant, Ana Cvorovic, Juan Delgado, Tam Joseph, Joyce Kalema, Jasleen Kaur, Fowokan George Kelly, Jessica Marlowe, Edwin Mingard, Eugene Palmer, Zory Shahrokhi, Salah Ud Din and other.

Both individually and collectively, the featured works touch on themes of journeys, displacement, loss, memory and identity, evoking powerful and sometimes unexpected juxtapositions and responses.

Curated by Sarah MacDougall

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Featured image: Fowokan George Kelly’s sculpture Natty Roots, Natty Bongo 2012, bronze © the artist