From a show about pineapples to photographs exploring black masculinity and the works of Yaw Obuobi –  Our Art Contributor, Sharon gives us the scoop on 3 of her favourite art exhibitions in London this month.

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I’m always visiting galleries to see new exhibitions and discover more art for ongoing projects. Having recently moved to London, I’ve spent the past few weeks visiting several galleries to explore the scene. Here are three of my favourite exhibitions of the ones I visited this month.


The Pineapple Show, July 9 – Aug 13
Tiwani Contemporary

Curated by Zina Saro-Wiwa and presented by Boys’ Quarters Project Space, The Pineapple Show drew together artworks that explore the pineapple as an imperial symbol of power, wealth, and exoticism.

Ayana Evans & Zina Saro-Wiwa, Parasol, 2016 (video still)

The exhibition highlighted the pineapple’s histories “as well as its cultural, emotional and psychic resonances, taking on issues of labour and luxury, power and powerlessness, vulnerability and violence, language, gender, hair, memory and otherness.”

Listening to a sound installation by Ian Deleón.

The Pineapple Show included works by Elizabeth Colomba, Ian Deleón, Ayana Evans, Jowhor Ile, Odili Donald Odita, Perrin Oglafa, Temitayo Ogunbiyi, Zina Saro-Wiwa, Johnson Uwadinma and Arlene Wandera.


 

Made You Look, July 15 – Sep 25
The Photographer’s Gallery

Curated by Ekow Eshun, Made You Look gathers the works of a diverse group of photographers whose image portray black masculinity as a performance. The exhibition “explores dandyism as a radical personal politics, a willed flamboyance that flies in the face of conventional constructions of the black masculine.”

Malick Sidibe, On the motorbike in my studio, 1973

Afrikan Boy, Ed. 5/5 Photograph by Hassan Hajjaj, 2012

I loved the installation layout of the exhibition, and the wall of quotes by key black figures about black masculinity, including a quote from the Nas song Made You Look, which names the exhibition.

 

Installation of quotes at Made You Look exhibition

Made You Look presents a comprehensive look at various forms of expressed masculinity with works by Malick Sidibé, Samuel Fosso, Larry Dunstan, Liz Johnson Artur, Samuel Fosso, Hassan Hajjaj, Colin Jones, Isaac Julien, Kristin-Lee Moolman, and Jeffrey Henson Scales.