2022 exhibition program – Announcements
With: Lucy Stein, Bassam Al-Sabah, RESOLVE, Minoru Nomata, Zineb Sedira
Spring: January 30 to May 2
Lucy Stein: Wet room
Obsessive, shamelessly emotional and charged with a strong psychological charge, Lucy SteinThe work of incorporates an intoxicating mix of styles and references. Weaving personal experiences with feminist and psychoanalytic theory, mythology and religion, her drawings, paintings and installations draw on the concept of the “feminine gaze” to question the representation of women in art history. Since moving to St Just, Cornwall in 2015, Stein has been deeply involved in the history and folk traditions of the Cornish landscape. The exhibition revolves around an installation consisting of a bathtub and sink with running taps, surrounded by hand-painted tiled walls with scenes related to the artist’s study of esoteric traditions. Western. Surrounding this central installation are a series of new paintings and drawings made during Stein’s second pregnancy and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, which reflect a time of intensive domestic care and anxiety. Stein was also inspired by the modernist history and coastal setting of the De La Warr Pavilion through a new tile-based work made in response to this context.
Lucy Stein: Wet room is commissioned and produced by Spike Island in Bristol, where it was on display from September 25, 2021 to January 16, 2022.
Bassam Al-Sabah: I AM ERROR
Bassam Al-Sabah’s exhibition explores the construction of masculinity in action-adventure video games through video, painting and sculpture, creating fantastical dreamscapes in which personal mythology, historical trauma and queer possibility intersect. The centerpiece is a 28-minute animation projected on a large curved screen. It presents a collection of cinematic sequences from an imaginary game in which the hero’s body is constantly in motion, undergoing metamorphoses as a result of his encounter with other life forms, whose physical contact makes them vulnerable to change. Combining fantasy erotica with body horror, Al-Sabah’s film celebrates the hero’s growth and transformation, as his body grows and blends into his surroundings, among writhing flowers and sprawling creatures. The show is punctuated by digitally sculpted objects that explore the materiality of organic decay, extending the eerie atmosphere of Al-Sabah’s animations into the gallery space.
Commissioned and produced by Gasworks, London, in partnership with the De La Warr Pavilion, with the generous support of the Freelands Foundation.
Summer: May 21 to September 4
TO RESOLVE is an interdisciplinary design collective combining architecture, engineering, technology and art to address social challenges. They have carried out numerous projects, workshops, publications and conferences in the UK and across Europe, all of which aim to bring about fair and equitable visions of change in our built environment. Their major new commission, carried out in partnership with the De La Warr Pavilion, Wellcome Collection and West Dean College uses each partner site’s rich resources and stories to investigate humanity’s entangled relationship with the plant world, inviting new perspectives. on environmentalism, re-wild and practical solutions for living fairly with others and in nature. Researching new and old approaches to land use during a residency at West Dean College, the collective collaborated with young people from Bexhill-on-Sea and London to create new commissions for this solo exhibition and its inclusion in the Wellcome collection. rooted beings exhibition (March 24 – August 29, 2022). Title what are the wild thingsthe project investigates the geographical, political and ecological contexts of each institution – the coastal, the urban and the rural – probing the predeterminations of what is “wild” in these contexts and challenging our preconceived separation of built and “natural” environments. “.
The visionary paintings of Minoru Nomata depict imaginary landscapes that transcend time and space. Featuring architectural superstructures and topographical forms devoid of human presence, his eerie depictions are portals to mysterious and uncertain worlds. Growing up in Tokyo’s industrial district of Meguro during a time of rapid urban and economic growth in Japan, Nomata became fascinated with the structural design of factories, smokestacks and water towers. At the Tokyo University of the Arts, he studied European and Asian art, particularly classical Islamic models, and was drawn to the machine age and modernism of American precisionist Charles Sheeler. It is these formative influences that have remained a constant in the way Nomata creates each of his works, which blend the industrial, the fantastical, the archaic and the futuristic. Brutally beautiful, streamlined in shape and ambient in atmosphere, Nomata’s landscapes are meditations on an ever-changing world and vehicles to alternate futures. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition outside of Asia.
Autumn: September 24, 2022–January 8, 2023
Covering both galleries of the De La Warr Pavilion, this major solo exhibition by Zineb Sedira will be her first in a UK public gallery for 12 years. Working through photography, installation and film, Sedira draws on her personal history and close ties to Algeria, France and the UK to explore ideas of identity, mobility, gender , environment and collective memory. Throughout her career, Sedira has become a leading voice in addressing the question of what it means to live between different cultures, often blending autobiographical storytelling, fiction and documentary genres. This exhibition will focus on the artist’s ongoing investigation of the conditions of transnational trade and the consciousness of migrants in a postcolonial context, in which the sea is a recurring motif.
The exhibition is a collaboration between the De La Warr Pavilion and Dundee Contemporary Arts.
Further details of the De La Warr Pavilion exhibition program are available at dlwp.com/exhibitions.
Our exhibitions are accompanied by an extensive engagement programme, including tours, events and workshops for all ages. They provide opportunities to develop connections, curiosity, skills, understanding and creative potential. Please visit dlwp.com/learning for more information.