On the hostile coastal shingles of Dungeness, overlooked by a nuclear power station, and existing entirely at the whim of the shore’s ravaging storms, resides an unassuming yet unbounded garden started by film director and artist Derek Jarman. …


Toyin Ojih Odutola’s new installation A Counterveiling Theory, which opened in the Barbican’s Curve gallery on 11th August, is an experimental and deeply original work that entwines speculative futurisms with ancient history and archaology. Her story is told through a series of intricate, and often monumental, drawings, done in pastel, chalk, and charcoal, that weave a narrative in which traditional gender and racial social roles are subverted. Ojih Odutola opens up possibilities about the visualisation and distillation of power, as figures in a fictional landscape interact with each other from the womb to adulthood. …


The Barbican Centre’s photography show Masculinities, and Tate Modern’s Andy Warhol retrospective, are two large-scale London exhibitions that closed their doors to visitors in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown, and reopened again in recent weeks. The Barbican exhibition is a show that reveals masculinity as something layered, and intrinsically fraught, through the mediums of photography and film. Each image is a document that explores the complexity and instability of identity politics; coded portraits and visual archetypes are dismantled and reconstructed, revealing elements of male identity that are dominant and aspects that are socially repressed. We begin to see how…

Leah Binns

art writer, oxford & liverpool

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