nairy baghramian, jimmie durham and tarek atoui in - yorkshire sculpture international
Yorkshire Sculpture International is the UK’s largest dedicated sculpture festival, a series of exhibitions, international commissions, events and learning programmes not seen on a scale anywhere else – with sculpture in its broadest forms on display across four major galleries – the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park – and outdoors in Leeds and Wakefield.
Tarek Atoui will be presenting at The Hepworth Wakefield, Leeds City Centre, Wakefield City Centre and at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, near Wakefield.
Atoui will be working with people across Leeds and Wakefield to create a series of performances this summer. He will construct new instruments, scattering these across the galleries’ indoor and outdoor spaces. These will be activated regularly, creating a composition and layered soundscape that reaches across the Yorkshire Sculpture International sites. Selected instruments from each venue will travel temporarily offsite and come together in different combinations in locations across Leeds and Wakefield, creating unique performances on each occasion. Atoui’s contribution to Yorkshire Sculpture International will be part of a project he is developing throughout the two coming years at KMNY, Sharjah Art Foundation and Castello Rivoli.
Nairy Baghramian´s work will be displayed at The Hepworth Wakefield.
For Yorkshire Sculpture International, Nairy Baghramian will display works from her Maintainers series, recent sculptures that combine aluminium casts, coloured wax and lacquer painted braces with cork. The resolute materiality of each independent element is seemingly contradicted by the tentative physical relationships between them, which suggest the possibility of continuous rearrangement. Alongside the Maintainers Baghramian will also present a new work that will be displayed for the first time at The Hepworth Wakefield developing ideas explored in the Maintainers works.
Jimmie Durham´s work will also be displayed at The Hepworth Wakefield.
Durham creates in an array of mediums: drawings, installations, video —which he uses to document his performances—, and sculptural constructions often combined with written messages, photographs, and objects. Covering a broad range of topics in artworks as well as in essays and poetry, his production is often laced with the agility of wordplay, a dry, highly critical humour and, above all, insight. He consistently addresses the political and cultural forces that construct our contemporary discourses, the history of oppression, the futility of violence, and the powerlessness of the minorities in the world. Jimmie Durham’s sculptures often combine parts of industrial equipment and domestic furniture, that have been formed with little regard to their raw materials, with found wood or stone, allowing him to explore the human urge to control the material properties. For Yorkshire Sculpture International, totemic sculptures by Jimmie Durham will be positioned in conversation with early sculptures and carvings by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore at The Hepworth Wakefield. Highlighting how each artist created their work to emphasise the natural properties of the raw material.