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In light of challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, Ikon has departed from the advertised programme to curate a group exhibition from artworks it has accumulated over time. Faster Than Ever is an exhibition invented out of necessity, an exercise in capitalising on chance, making the most of incongruity and happy accidents.
Though not a collecting institution, Ikon houses an extraordinary range of paintings, sculptures and photographs, as well as the many films, sound pieces and wall drawings held as digital files. With the permission of the participating artists, these works are released back into the galleries in combinations and a context not originally envisioned.
Artists include Giovanni Anselmo, Thomas Bewick, Julie Brook, Pavel Büchler, Alice Cattaneo, Lee Bul, Edmund Clark, Martin Creed, Kate Groobey, Graham Gussin, Arturo Herrera, Carmen Herrera, Ann Veronica Janssens, On Kawara, Lutz and Guggisberg, Haroon Mirza, Ivan Morison, Nástio Mosquito, Grace Ndiritu, Timur Novikov, Cornelia Parker, Navin Rawanchaikul, Noguchi Rika, Savage, Shimabuku, Dayanita Singh, Bosco Sodi, Nancy Spero, Beat Streuli and David Theobald.
Faster Than Ever film programme
18 – 24 January 2021
Video, sound. 8 minutes 30 seconds
Brook has consistently used raw pigment in her drawings and sculptural work. In Namibia she was introduced to the way in which the Himba women use pigment rubbed onto their skin. This has both an aesthetic and protective value for them.
Through an unexpected meeting with three young Himba women in Otjize, Brook was able to collect the red pigment with them. She has continued to do so each consecutive year that she has worked in Namibia. The women use the same techniques as Brook, crushing and grinding the pigment. Brook uses it dry, whilst the Himba women mix it with animal fat and aromatic plants.