The Playground Project brought back many exemplary, but often forgotten playground initiatives, pioneering acts and adventures with a playground in which children (and inner children) can run, hide, climb and imagine.
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Athens-based Christiana Soulou makes complex drawings that investigate the nature of being human and its many conditions. The expressive lines and expansive re-imagining of forms in her work often derive from literature.
Jumana Emil Abboud works with drawing, installation, video and performance, exploring personal and collective memory, loss, longing and belonging. Inspired by the cultural landscape of her home, Abboud draws on the traditions of Palestinian folklore and myth-making by collecting stories and fairy tales.
Omer Fast uses complex narrative structures to explore the different ways stories are constructed. Blurring the boundaries between "reality" and "representation" and between document and artifice, his practice questions the status of the image. This exhibition, co-produced with Jeu de Paume, Paris and Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, presented new and recent work.
The Cyphers was Hajra Waheed's largest solo exhibition to date and expanded upon Still Against the Sky, a presentation at Kunst-Werke, Berlin. The exhibition continued Waheed's ongoing research into what has been described as 'our current aerial occupation,' highlighting the ever increasing militarisation of the sky, where the circulation of military drones and surveillance technology extends over everyday life, often with lethal consequences.
It’s not who you are, it’s how you are
BALTIC and Ryder Architecture presented the second in a series of new commissions exploring the relationship between architecture and art. The project brought together an emerging architectural practice with an artist to collaborate on a co-authored artwork which was displayed in BALTIC’s level 2 gallery. in 2015, BALTIC and Ryder commissioned Alice Theobald and Atomik Architecture to produce a major new installation.
BILL MURRAY: a story of distance, size and sincerity
In BILL MURRAY: a story of distance, size and sincerity, artist Brian Griffiths presented an ambitious new commission that took in BALTIC’s vast Level 4 gallery with a contrastingly small-scale production. A series of nine different style buildings, including a lavish LA beach house, a historic Scottish mansion and an ocean adventure dome, imagined Hollywood actor Bill Murray’s activities and pastimes.
Selected Works 1970-2015
American artist B. Wurtz is best known for his carefully assembled sculptures and installations made of a wide range of commonplace, discarded materials. A prideful appreciator of lowly objects, his practice is highly concerned with the ethics of re-use, yet is also highly engaged with art history.
BALTIC presented the work of British artist Hannah Collins (born London, 1956), known for her large unframed photographs and installations that create immersive spatial experiences.