Julianknxx, Chorus in Rememory of Flight, Installation view, 2023 / Courtesy of the artist, Eva Herzog and Barbican Art Gallery
Julianknxx: Chorus in Rememory of Flight
Sep 14, 2023 – Feb 11, 2024
Barbican
London, UK

Poet, artist and filmmaker Julianknxx explores themes of inheritance, loss and belonging as he crosses the boundaries between written word, music and visual art. Sierra Leonian artist Julianknxx uses his personal history as a prism to deconstruct dominant perspectives on African art, history, and culture. Rich with symbolism, his work conveys the Black experience of defining and redefining the self, rejecting labels to form new collective narratives.

Offering song and music as forms of resistance, the exhibition invokes new understandings of what it means to be caught between, and to be of, multiple places. Choirs and musicians from cities across Europe give voice to a single refrain: “We are what’s left of us”, transforming the Curve into a collaborative space of communication. As the philosopher Édouard Glissant has written: “you can change with the Other while being yourself, you are not one, you are multiple, and you are yourself”.

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