June 2017–June 2018
In Residence is a new strand of the Participation Programme which supports artists with a particular focus on public and social practice, connecting the gallery with our locality over an extended period of time. Collective practice They Are Here (Harun Morrison and Helen Walker) are the inaugural artists of this new pilot residency programme and aim to engage and confront a number of social issues specific to the gallery’s locality as well as its neighbouring boroughs.
They Are Here (f. 2006) is a collaborative practice steered by Helen Walker and Harun Morrison, currently based in London and on the River Lea.
Their recent projects, performances and exhibitions include 40 Temps, 8 Days, Tate Modern, London; The People Behind The Financial System: Sweden, Konsthall C, Stockholm (both 2017); Tantalus, Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Precarity Centre: B5 5RS, Grand Union, Birmingham; PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF, Furtherfield, London; OffshoreTransactions, River Lea, UP Projects (all 2016); Location Scouts, South London Gallery, London (2015). In June 2016 They Are Here co–founded Ayandeh Garden, a community growing project in Finsbury Park involving young adult refugees and asylum seekers.
Laughing Matter, 24 May–10 June 2018
“Why does Art hate me? I never did anything to Art.”
Collective practice They Are Here expand their dialogue with local migrant workers in the service sector and the Independent Workers Union, through an invitation to a series of stand–up comedy workshops.
The resulting comedy routines will be presented within an installation of new sound and video works developed over the course of this process.
Laughing Matter live events are presented in association with Block Universe.
Special thanks to Battersea Arts Centre, Somerset House Studios and MayDay Rooms.
Images courtesy of They Are Here. Credit: James Allan, Indre Neiberkaite, and Helen Walker.