‘Tasting Menu’ presents intricate collages and playful textiles by artist and poet Eliza Kentridge

Eliza Kentridge. All photography © Eliot Gelberg-Wilson 

Artist and poet Eliza Kentridge works with collage, using paper and textiles, drawing, embroidery and stitching to create delicate artworks that look to the everyday, to the domestic life, to motherhood. Kentridge investigates old and found materials and symbols, mixing ideas from the real world and the imagination. “This is how I work: I draw, sew on paper and fabric, collage stolen bits and pieces, make sculpture and write poems,” she says.

Tasting Menu brings Kentridge’s latest works to London, exhibited alongside a selection of earlier pieces in the intimate setting of her older brother the artist William Kentridge’s London pad. The centerpiece is a collage of teabags that takes up an entire wall. It’s a quirky artwork that is playful but also rich with storytelling.

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Ghada Amer’s artwork invites viewers to explore other narratives through abstract appliqués

Ghada Amer ’35 words or love’  ©Ghada Amer

I came across Ghada Amer’s powerful work a while ago and was honoured to meet her in person a few weeks ago at Goodman Gallery in London where her solo ‘QR Code Revisited’ is on show until 22 December, 2023.

In her very unique way Amer abstracts language and unpacks definitions. She lingers on words, translations and mistranslations and their wider impact on how we view others. The maze-like quality of ‘QR Code Revisited’ invites us to adventure into places unseen, explore other narratives. Ultimately the artist finds in words the force to capture shared identities, commonalities across cultures, humanity without borders.

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Ghada Amer ‘One is not born’ 2023 ©Ghada Amer

Artist Sara Sadik explores loneliness, anxiety and marginalised youth through gaming and visual storytelling

A still from “La Potion (EH)” © Sara Sadik

Occasionally you meet an artist who surprises you. Marseille based Sara Sadik is one. Informed by video games, anime, science fiction and French rap, her artwork and visual storytelling examines loneliness and anxiety among young men, specifically marginalised French youth.

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Paris Photo 2023: Artist Eva Nielsen Insolare is a sensory experience inviting viewers to look beyond the image

‘As sensitive human beings, when we walk through landscapes, it is a procession that is always moving and changing. I love this question of mutation of the view,’ says the artist Eva Nielsen as she guides me through her gorgeous, textural, otherworldly installation Insolare. Created alongside the curator and her longtime collaborator Marianne Derrien, the artwork on exhibit at Grand Palais Éphémère for Paris Photo 2023 explores the impact of human activity on nature. It’s also a very physical installation, performative in that the viewer is tasked to immerse themselves within these collection of artworks, walk between them, observe the various layers, and absorb the less visible marks—the unseen. ‘There is something ephemeral when you walk through these pieces,’ she Nielsen as we peek through one of the semi-transparent artworks. ‘Each layer and each structure are in discussion with the other.’

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Shirin Neshat latest body of work, ‘The Fury’, is a timely politically charged artwork

Still from The Fury by Shirin Neshat, 2023

Upstairs at the Goodman Gallery in London hang large-scale black-and-white photographs of women. Look closer at their naked bodies, parts of which are symbolically covered, and these women of various ages and ethnicities bear signs of abuse and mutilation. Meanwhile, downstairs in the gallery, the video installation tells the stylised, fictional story of a woman struggling with her memories of imprisonment and rape.

‘The Fury’ is the latest body of work by the New York-based Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat, who, since the 1990s, has captivated viewers — and in some instances caused controversy — through an art that investigates gender and society, time and memory, the individual and the collective, and the complexities and contradictions of Islam, told through a personal and diasporic lens.

Neshat’s mesmerising, cinematic, large-scale black-and-white photography is overlaid with handwritten Farsi calligraphy — poetry, prose — inviting the viewer to read more than the surface image. Likewise, with her feature films and film installations, she has created her own unique moving image language.

‘The Fury’ was shot in June 2022 near Neshat’s Brooklyn studio. In the film, the female protagonist is played by Iranian-American actor Sheila Vand, while the remaining cast are Neshat’s co-students from her African dance class. In the film, dance expresses liberation — it is fundamental to the storytelling. Choreographed by Neshat’s teacher, the climax scene is a stirring ritual of movement expressing protest and rage, performed to the haunting vocals of Tunisian musician Emel Mathlouthi, singing “Soltane Ghalbha” (meaning king of hearts, a heartfelt Iranian love song from 1968), the melody slowed down, and the lyrics retold in Arabic.

I spoke with Shirin Neshat to see what she hopes the viewer will take from this body of work.

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Shirin Neshat Flavia #2, from The Fury series, 2023 © Shirin Neshat/Goodman Gallery