Preview: Contemporary Art Exhibition ‘Nothing To See Here’

Nothing To See Here is a contemporary art exhibition that delves into the realm of nothing. Through incorporeal engagements, the four artists on show are bringing a multi-disciplinary array of works that study themes surrounding the nature of time, memory, immaterialism, hyper-reality and reductionism.

The opening is 21st Feb at the ArtsLav, Kennington, 6pm-midnight

The exhibition will be on from Friday 21st Feb to 28th Feb

Price: FREE

I speak to curator Kosha Hussain to get a bit more info:

kosha hussain

What is the exhibition all about? What does it explore?

Put simply, the exhibition is about nothing. But we very soon found out that nothingness is unthinkably difficult to examine. So to introduce ourselves to this infinitely fertile realm, we decided to pick a few ideas that, as individuals, we felt attracted to. Someone brought supernatural experiences to the table, another brought memories of the past into the fore, one was interested in the relation between epistemology and subjectivism in reference to materials, another looked at space as parameters for fiction while the other was interested in the role of the body in virtual reality.

What sort of pieces can we expect to see? Sculptures, painting, videos?

We are multi-disciplinary artists, and rather ironically, the show has accumulated quite the varied pallet of materials. Expect to see moving images, audio, sculptures, installations and a series of found objects.

Tell us about the location.

The exhibition space is one my favourite locations I’ve had the pleasure of working in. It’s an underground old Victorian male public toilet. All the original fittings and features are kept in place, urinals, cubicles, tiles, the cottaging graffiti…

Tell us about your role as curator and how you have set all this up.

Curating a show involves a great amount of discipline and responsibility. I see my role in such positions to be primarily concerned with bringing together a selection of works I deem worthy by artists who I connect with in appropriation with the space in use. The curator is a sort of contemporary ethnologist, an agent who is interested in the anthropological collection of objects in time. I try to work by these principles when putting a show together, whether it be a contemporary art exhibition, a live music event or spoken word poetry. Alongside that, I think it’s important that there’s a degree of give and take between the exhibiting artists and the curator. This is where I try to build a trusting respect that what we’re doing is right. If you get that part right then the rest usually follows.

What can we expect for the after party?

The after party is partly an excuse to have more varied fun beyond the exhibition reception. I have typically produced live art events, which focus on one art form. This is the first time I have married my love of contemporary art, live music and poetry into one free night. I think I’m probably going to maintain this union far into the future. It’s been fun.

For details on the artists and musicians involved check out the blog posts of our fellow friends at @alondonsteal. Also, find out about Kosha Hussain’s next event Re:Verse Poetry and give them a follow on Twitter.

Words: Irune Rue Chamberlain