It Takes a Village was Humber Street Gallery’s first exhibition curated by Senior Curator, John Heffernan.
Reflecting on the ideas of congregation and the power of public assembly, It Takes a Village featured works by artists including Romily Alice (UK), Derek Alexis Coard (USA), Tessa Lynch (UK), Lakwena Maciver (UK), Hardeep Pandhal (UK) and Paul Yore (AUS).
This group show brought together a rich and broad range of practices including neon works, textile, video, drawing and installation. Set across the three gallery spaces, the exhibition also included a series of soap box discussions, talks, screenings and performances that took place throughout the duration of the exhibition.
Artist Romily Alice, explored modern society’s relationship with looking, being looked at, pleasure and the body through her neon work, while Lakwena Maciver responded to the exhibition’s themes by creating a new installation work in the form of a stage. This piece, which showed Maciver’s distinct colour palette and commitment to vibrant motifs, acted as a backdrop to the programme of performance and debate.
Tessa Lynch looked at motherhood and her practice as a contemporary artist. Holding a print workshop at Hull School of Art & Design with a group of local artist-mothers, the outcomes of which were displayed in the exhibition.
It Takes a Village included over 30 drawings from American artist Derrick Alexis Coard, who died earlier this year. Many of the works are part of a series of portraits of bearded black men and Coard said of his work that it is “… a form of testimonial where black men can be seen in a more positive and righteous light.”
Paul Yore and Hardeep Pandhal, the final artists in this show, used personal experiences to deal with complex issues around representation and iconography. Yore presented several technicolour collages and tapestries, while Pandhal’s work ranged from video to textile.
Installation view, 2020. Jamie Crewe, Solidarity & Love. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2020. Photo by Jules Lister.
Jamie Crewe, Solidarity & Love
Proboscidea Rappings, Ollie Dook
Wrapping, Nnena Kalu
Frances Disley, The Cucumber Fell in the Sand. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. ©Jules Lister
Frances Disley: The Cucumber Fell In The Sand
Jade Montserrat: Instituting Care
Ella Dorton, Journey to the Centre of the Couch (Couches & Other Good Ideas). Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
Journey To The Centre Of The Couch (Couches & Other Good Ideas), Ella Dorton
The Witching Hour
Keisha Thompson: Man on the Moon
IETM Hull 2019 Artistic Programme
Measures of Life by The Lumen Prize for Digital Art
A Duckie Summer Tea Party / LGBT50
Installation view, 2020. Lucy Clout, ZZZ. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2020. Photo by Jules Lister.
Lucy Clout, ZZZ
Dance Exchange Hull
© Chris Pepper
Hull Takeover: Previews
Image: Athena Papadopoulos, A Tittle-Tattle Tell-a-Tale-Heart, courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist 2019. © James Mulkeen
A Tittle-Tattle Tell-a-Tale Heart, Athena Papadopoulos
Suki Seokyeong Kang
Place To Place: Liverpool Biennial Touring Programme
Jamie Reid XXXXX: Fifty Years of Subversion and The Spirit
Contains Strong Language
Act VII: Land of Green Ginger
John Grant's North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay
Hull Truck Theatre
The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca
Equanipolis, Aniara Omann
Image: Installation View. Mike S Redmond and Faye Coral Jones (MSR FCJ), Ecstatic Rituals.
Emerging Cultural Leaders Mobility Bursary 2019 - Information Event
PRS Foundation New Music Biennial 2019
Image: Cut, Humber Street Gallery 2019. ©James Mulkeen
Cut, Richard Houguez & Graham Jones
Candoco Dance Company Face In by Yasmeen Godder Photography by Hugo Glendinning
IETM Hull 2019 Plenary Meeting
Urban Legends: Northern Lights
Home Town Story
It Takes a Village