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Maus Contemporary is excited to announce the inclusion of gallery artist Travis Somerville's new series  The Lost Voices in the Miguel Amado curated project DIALOGUES at the upcoming London Art Fair, January 18-22, 2017.

Now in its fourth year, the 2017 edition has been curated by Miguel Amado, Senior Curator at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK. 
The featured artists address the issues of our times, looking at history, race and collectivity alongside explorations of imaginaries, representation and subjectivity.
A major feature of the London Art Fair's Art Projects is the DIALOGUES Section; five collaborations between galleries intended to encourage new forms of presentation and foster relationships on a global scale.

Maus Contemporary    Stand P21a 

We are excited to have be "in dialogue" with the Belfast, Northern Ireland-based organization Golden Thread Gallery, presenting a project by Scottish artist Graham Fagen, who represented Scotland at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015.
 
 
Travis Somerville's new series The Lost Voices addresses England's Home Children Program, which started in 1869, and which sent over 100,000 children to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa. Although starting out as a legitimate charity to help orphaned children, it clearly turned quickly into a force of providing child labor for these countries.
 
Somerville's large scale installation consists of drawings on various media, including on paper, children's christening gowns, and other found objects and ephemera. Images, mostly children's portraits, are sourced from actual photographs of these children, as well as through appropriation and by reproducing poster images from the Waifs and Strays Society of London.
The artist also incorporates images of Syrian refugee children - some currently living in France and trying to immigrate to England. By using found, vintage objects, the artist seeks to tap into our collective historical memory, using it as a catalyst for discussion on current issues.
 
 
" As capitalism in its neoliberal form spreads worldwide, and populism - from Trumpism to Brexit - rises in all corners of the Western world; wall building emerges as a sign of a period one could call 'post-political'. From the US-Mexico border to Italy's Lampedusa, more and more fences and checkpoints are appearing, creating zones of exclusion.
The theorist Wendy Brown considers the proliferation of separation barriers, both within and between nation-states, a symbol of societal disruption. This resurgence in wall building uncannily appears in a context of transnational power intensification and the erosion of national sovereignty.
Globalisation, the quality of which is connectedness rather than division, should have reduced the need for separation barriers and yet it seems to only have increased their establishment. However, cultural production is contradicting this trend, as exchange across the globe - even if maintaining North-South hierarchies - has been growing since the end of the Cold War.
 
Within the field of art, a phenomenon derived from this situation is what could be designated as a 'geographical turn' in Western institutions. In the past twenty-five years or so, museums, galleries, art fairs, auction houses and other players have been seeking to broaden their horizons with respect to non-Western art and other 'subaltern' practices - 'art from elsewhere', as the curator Okwui Enwezor puts it - including those rooted in gender and ethnicity as well as belonging to craft and outsider traditions.
This 2017 edition of 'Dialogues' reflects the challenging conditions in which one lives today, attempting to grasp these recent developments in society and culture. The section includes galleries based in distinct parts of the UK - from London to the regions, and from England to Wales to Northern Ireland - and areas such as Dublin, southern Europe, the interior of the United States, and sub-Saharan Africa.
By its own nature, 'Dialogues' suggests interaction among the participating galleries, and thus the section is even more relevant this year, as the walls that typically split the multiple stands of an art fair are literally broken, metaphorically referencing the need to knock down the walls that have been, are being or will be erected. The featured artists address the issues of our times, looking at history, race and collectivity; alongside explorations of imaginaries, representation and subjectivity.
The galleries from outside the UK are from peripheral, often uneven geographies - particularly in economic terms - but it is in these new 'centres' that many of the most engaging art is being made today. Putting them in conversation among themselves and with their UK counterparts - who include representatives of some of this country's innovative art scenes - is intended to contribute to the expansion of a progressive cultural scene, and by consequence to a public sphere in which cosmopolitanism is the rule."

- Miguel Amado


Miguel Amado is Senior Curator at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, England. He was the curator of the Portuguese Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale and has been a curator at Tate St Ives, England, and the Centro de Artes Visuais in Coimbra, Portugal, among other institutions.
He has been a curatorial fellow at Rhizome at the New Museum and Independent Curators International in New York, as well as curator-in-residence at the International Studio and Curatorial Program and the Abrons Arts Center.
As a freelancer, he has curated exhibitions and projects at various institutions and events, including apexart in New York, the Museu Coleção Berardo in Lisbon, Frieze Projects at Frieze London and No Soul for Sale: A Festival of Independents at the X Initiative in New York and Tate Modern in London.
 
 
 
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five contemporary artists from Spain

 

Inma FEMENÍA

Santiago GIRALDA

Irene GRAU

Alex MARCO

Nico MUNUERA

 

 

 Publication available - contributing writers:

Ángel Calvo Ulloa, Brett Levine

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Maus Contemporary is a contemporary art gallery and space dedicated to supporting creativity with a focus on experimental and issue driven works. Through representing emerging, established, and internationally recognized artists, the gallery is committed to bringing a global perspective to contemporary issues and practices across the visual arts.

The program consists of exhibitions, print publications, and media outreach. Noteworthy exhibitions include Willie Cole "FIRE/FLY", Mark Flood "FACEBOOK FARM" (AICA-USA finalist / Best Show in a Commercial Space Nationally outside of New York), Clayton Colvin "SEWING UP THE SEA" (reviewed for Art in America), Odili Donald Odita "GREY" (Artforum critic's pick), Travis Somerville "AMERICAN RHETORIC", and Iranian-American artist Taravat Talepasand "NOT AN ARAB SPRING". The gallery has participated for several years in international art fairs such as ARCO Madrid, Art Brussels, Volta New York and Volta Basel, Switzerland, amidst others.

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