Stand 33, Main Section
Toril Johannessen, Ilona Sagar, Rehana Zaman
Art Rotterdam Projections
For Art Rotterdam 2014, Tenderpixel presents new work from Ilona Sagar, Rehana Zaman and Toril Johannessen exhibiting distinct approaches to decoding the western world's impact on visual culture.Toril Johannessen launches her new book ‘Unseeing’ at Art Rotterdam, analysing physical perception studies across different cultures. Her textile designs are drawn from classic optical illusions and inspired by ‘African fabrics’; also known as Dutch wax prints and originating in the Indonesian batik-dye process. Ilona Sagar’s film Eupnea addresses the science of colour, health and welfare in British hospital design as manifest in their architecture and landscape. Sagar additionally presents new work from the ‘Human Factors’ series cataloguing international standards in human measurement. Rehana Zaman constructs playful variations from classical dramatic structures. Luxurious and Natural is composed of gold collagen masks often used by women to gain a youthful, lighter complexion. For her selection as part of Art Rotterdam Projections, Zaman screens I, I, I, I and I, an abstracted account of a group’s attempt to collaborate. Though peculiar on the surface, the film’s complex narrative originates from research into theatre games and their potential as social models.
Toril Johannessen (b 1978, Norway) lives in Bergen. Recent projects include the 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013); Nouvelles Vagues, Palais de Tokyo, Paris FR (2013); Curiosity: Art & the Pleasures of Knowing, Hayward Touring/Norwich Castle Museum and Gallery, Norwich UK (2013);Momentous Times, CCA Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland (2013); dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel DE (2012); The End of Money, Witte de With, Rotterdam NL (2011); and Space. About a Dream, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna AT (2011). Johannessen’s solo exhibitions include Nonlocality, Volker Bradtke, Düsseldorf DE and LAUTOM Contemporary, Oslo NO (both 2011) as well as Bergen Kunsthall NO.5 (2010).
Ilona Sagar (b 1985), lives and works in London. She received a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College in 2008 and completed an MFA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in 2012.
Recent projects include solo project at Pumphouse Gallery, London as part of The Ground We Tread (2016); solo show with performances Haptic Skins of a Glass Eye Tenderpixel, London UK (2015); solo show with performance Mute Rehearsal, Vitrine Gallery, London UK (2015); Art Rotterdam, Main Section, Rotterdam NL with Tenderpixel (2015); solo show and performances PROSOPOPOEIA : MANUAL : HAND : BOOK, Assembly Passage Project, London UK (2014); performance I fell backwards and you were there at Hayward Gallery Project Space, London UK (2014); group exhibition What Love has to do with it, Hayward Gallery Project Space, London UK (2014); exhibition and performance Soft Addictions Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh UK (2014); exhibition Eupnea, Saturated Space research cluster, Architecture Association, London UK (2014); screening of Human Factors at Caroll/Fletcher, London UK (2014); performance Human Factors at Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London UK (2014); solo show Human Factors, Tenderpixel, London UK (2014); exhibition The Ballad of Peckham Rye, Bussey Building, London, Peckham UK (2013); performance Human Factors, Art on the Underground as part of Art Licks Weekend, London UK (2013); performance Heart of Darkness, Le Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Nice FR (2012); exhibition The Visionary Trading Project, Guest Projects, London UK (2012); solo exhibition and performance States of Matter, the Swiss Church, London UK (2011); and performance Architectural Playgrounds, Barbican, London UK (2010).
Rehana Zaman (b 1982, Heckmondwike UK), lives and works in London. She holds a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London and completed her MFA in Fine Art at the same place in 2011.
She was awarded a British Council research grant with Museo de Art Carrillo Gil, Mexico City in 2015 and a Gasworks International Fellowship to Beirut in 2013. Zaman was a LUX Associate Artist in 2012/2013. She is a lecturer on the BA Fine Art programme at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Solo exhibitions include Tell me the story Of all these things, Tenderpixel, London UK (2016-2017); Giantess, StudioRCA, London UK (2016); Some Women, Other Women and all the Bittermen, commissioned by The Tetley, Leeds UK (2014); I, I, I, I and I, Art Rotterdam Projections NL with Tenderpixel (2014); What an Artist Dies in Me / Exit the Emperor Nero, Outpost, Norwich UK (2013) and I, I, I, I and I, commissioned by Studio Voltaire, London UK (2013).
Group exhibitions and screenings include Shades of Opacity cur. Shama Khanna, Jerwood Gallery, London UK; Dry Goods, Cologne DE; Artist Moving Image Film Festival, ICA, London UK; exhaust, Contemporary Art Tasmania AU (all 2016); Marcel Tarelkin / Rehana Zaman, Joint Venture, Dusseldorf DE (2015); OFF-Biennale Budapest, Tranzit, Budapest HU (2015); Acting Truthfully Under the Circumstances, Tenderpixel, London UK (2015); Some Women, Other Women and all the Bittermen, Konsthall C, Stockholm SE (2015); Things You Think in Order, Tenderpixel, London UK (2013); Home Theatre, Baro, São Paulo BR (2013), The GDR Goes On!, The Showroom, London UK (2012); The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London UK (2012); We Love You, Limoncello, London UK (2012); and Other People’s Problems, Project Space Leeds UK (2011).
She is frequently invited to devise and deliver workshops, talks and events for groups and organisations such as J4DW, Studio Voltaire’s The Syllabus, RCA, UCL, Birkbeck, London, Funen Academy, Denmark and Royal Institute of Art, Sweden.
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