Private view of the exhibition. Martina Mazzotta will be in conversation with the artists Stephen Chambers, Marcelle Hanselaar, Junko Theresa Mikuriya and Ana Maria Pacheco.
This event is part of the series Poetry & Magic, which includes an exhibition at ICI London (39 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8NX), 7-30 November, Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, FREE. Curated by Katia Pizzi and Ben Thomas.
Stephen Chambers is a British artist and Royal Academician (elected 2005). His work is held in many international collections including Arts Council England; Deutsche Bank, London; Downing College, Cambridge; Government Art Collection, London; Metropolitan Museum, New York; Pera Museum, Istanbul, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Marcelle Hanselaar. Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and growing up in the formal atmosphere of a protestant, postwar country, proved, thanks to her drop-out/turn-on rebellion, a profound source of inspiration for the recurring subject matter in Hanselaar’s work; namely the fierce and sometimes troubled cohabitation with those raw desires, secret fantasies and uncultivated instincts and our functioning in a civil society.
Martina Mazzotta is an academic and curator specialized in philosophy and its relationship with the visual arts, music and science. Her recent exhibition projects have extended and renewed the research on classic modern artists such as Kandinsky, Cage, Dubuffet and Ernst for example, and explored themes between art and science, such as the Wunderkammern and the history of medicine through the skin. She is currently an Associate Fellow at the Warburg Institute, University of London, and active in the promotion of the Warburg Renaissance Project.
Junko Theresa Mikuriya is Associate Professor in Photography at the London School of Film, Media and Design, University of West London. She worked for many years as a freelance photographer in the fashion and music industries, specializing in album covers and fashion editorial work in Asia and Europe, including Taipei, Hong Kong and London. Theresa has a PhD in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London and a Maîtrise de Lettres modernes (MA in Modern Literature) from the University of Paris IV, Sorbonne. She is the author of A History of Light: The Idea of Photography (Bloomsbury 2016), a book that investigates the relation between photography, light and mysticism.
Ana Maria Pacheco is a Brazilian sculptor, painter, and printmaker. Her work is influenced by her Brazilian heritage and often focuses on supernatural themes, incorporating them into unfolding narratives within her work. Pacheco’s work has been displayed in galleries internationally and has won multiple awards throughout her career.
Image Credit: Self-portrait of yesterday. Courtesy of the artist Marcelle Hanselaar.