Exhibition dates: 9 December 2022 – 12 March 2023
New Contemporaries returns to the South London Gallery for the fifth consecutive year with Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2022. This year’s exhibition features 47 of the UK’s most exciting artists emerging from art schools and alternative peer-to-peer learning programmes. The 2022 cohort were selected by internationally renowned artists James Richards, Veronica Ryan and Zadie Xa from an open call submission of over 1,500 entries.
Veronica Ryan, New Contemporaries 2022 selector said, “It’s really important for emerging artists to get an early sense of how their ongoing practice will develop. New Contemporaries provides a really good way for artists to get a sense of the wider world, of what happens once you leave art school, of their contemporaries and of different colleges and alternate ways of thinking.”
Selected artists for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2022 are: Lou Baker, Ashton Blyth, Adam Boyd, Tom Bull, Velvet Butler Carroll/Rudi Blu, Danying Chen, Josh Clague, Eugenia Cuellar, bill daggs, Francesca Dobbe, Charlotte Edey, Paola Estrella, Winnie Hall, Hamish Halley, Deborah Hobson, Eva Hopper, Steph Huang, Kneed – Ishwari Bhalerao and Leonie Rousham, Gabriel Kidd, Yun Kim, Sarah Lang, Akinsola Lawanson, Lorena Levi, Rudy Loewe, Catarina Ludovico, Jemisha Maadhavji, Leily Moghtader Mojdehi, Mehmil Nadeem, Abi Ola, Beverley Onyangunga, Ciara Otuokere, Meitao Qu, Bishwadhan Rai, Divya Sharma, Nicole Sheppard, Sherie Sitauze, Katie Surridge, Yukako Tanaka, Kialy Tihngang, Emma Todd, Rosalie Wammes, Theresa Weber, Andre Williams, Dawn Wilson, Zearo and Zish.
Adam Boyd, New Contemporaries 2022 artist said, “New Contemporaries has allowed me to continue the momentum from the culmination of my degree, vastly increasing the audience that will encounter my work. It’s a real privilege to show in such recognised institutions and to be introduced to a whole new cohort of artists.”
Presented thematically, the exhibition broadly explores Portraiture of the Self and Others; Communication and Disconnection; Spirituality and Mysticism; Repurposing and Retro- futurism; and Reclaiming Spaces – reflecting the cultural frameworks that inform each artist’s practice.
Portraiture of Self and Others: Jemisha Maadhavji’s work represents individuals from different cultural backgrounds, exploring their personalities and genders through symbolism and narrative. Hugely influenced by fashion, Maadhavji’s work is typified by bold bright colours and patterned fabrics. Zearo’s painting practice has an autobiographical perspective exploring his relationship to the male figure influenced by his south-east Asian background and same-sex desire.
Communication and Disconnection: Rosalie Wammes’s cluster of terracotta sculptures are evocative of natural forms, where personal memories are translated into sound. Catarina Ludovico’s photographic practice is an ongoing self-discovery using another physical body in an attempt to portray her own where figures in her images seem disconnected from the gaze.
Spirituality and Mysticism: Akinsola Lawanson’s short film Bosode explores Ifá religion (a religion originated from the Yorùbá ethnic group from West Africa), divination systems and binary mathematics. The film is inspired by Nollywoood horror and Nigerian magical realist literature. Danying Chen’s work centres on emotional attachment. Revisiting childhood memories of the Buddhist spirituality of her hometown, Chen’s work looks at how images of gods, praying, emotions, wishes and selfish desires are portrayed.
Repurposing and Retro-futurism: Emma Todd’s kimono made from repurposed tracksuits questions mixed cultural heritage, indigenous knowledge and the idea of ‘returning to our roots’. Kialy Tihngang reimagines old histories by speculating on new ones through an interest in Retrofuturism and obsolete or ‘useless’ technologies.
Reclaiming Spaces: Kneed – Ishwari Bhalerao and Leonie Rousham explore structural violence, hostile bureaucracy and collective histories embedded within landscapes and institutions. In their collaborative socially engaged practice they attempt to complicate power relations ingrained. Deborah Hobson’s portraits depict prominent Black political campaigners she has worked with, as well as well-known Black figures in popular culture and those who have been overlooked or ignored.
Also programmed is a day of performances, sonic works, readings and discursive workshops by exhibiting artists on theme of listening. Led by artist and peer mentor Chloe Cooper and Art Quest, a talk and participatory session will introduce the practice of peer mentoring.
Details of these events and others including school and family programmes as well as skill-sharing workshops by leading industry professionals can be found at www.newcontemporaries.org.uk
Also complementing the exhibition is New Contemporaries 2022 Online Platform platform.newcontemporaries.org.uk, an online space for the artists to present their work beyond the physical show. Including artists' works and biographical material, the platform also offers new, critical voices and fresh perspectives on New Contemporaries and the artists’ practices by early career writers. Contributors include Abiba Coulibaly, Dan Guthrie, Alex Hull, Isaac Huxtable, Anjana Janardhan, Debbie Meniru, Sam Moore, Pelumi Odubanjo and Evelyn Wh-ell.
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2022 at the South London Gallery follows the exhibition’s successful launch at our partner venues Humber Street Gallery and Ferens Art Gallery in Hull. The exhibition continues in Hull until 27 November 2022.
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About New Contemporaries
New Contemporaries is the leading organisation supporting emergent art practice from the UK's established and alternative art programmes. Since 1949 we have consistently supported contemporary visual artists to successfully transition from education into professional practice, primarily by means of an annual, nationally touring exhibition. New Contemporaries has held a vital role in the UK’s contemporary art scene, illuminating for the first time a cross section of the most internationally renowned artists of recent history, including post-war figures Frank Auerbach, Bruce Lacey and Paula Rego; pop artists Frank Bowling, Patrick Caulfield and David Hockney; new media pioneers Stuart Brisley, Helen Chadwick and Derek Jarman; YBAs Damien Hirst, Chris Ofili and Gillian Wearing; alongside contemporary figures such as Tacita Dean, Sunil Gupta, Mark Leckey and Mona Hatoum; and more recently a new generation of exceptional artists including Monster Chetwynd, Rachel Maclean, Haroon Mirza, Hardeep Pandhal, Laure Prouvost and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.