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The Junior Christian Teaching Bible Lesson Program
Mattia Guarnera-MacCarthy
Hamed Maiye
with special guest David Liebe Hart
11 - 15 Oct 2023
Frieze London, Focus Section
Booth H24

Press Release
The booth will be designed to replicate the set of The Junior Christian Teaching Bible Lesson Show, a public access television show which aired in the United States from 1988-2008, consisting largely of a stage for the puppets and a seat for the host, David Leibe Hart. During the course of the fair, there will be timed performances with Leibe Hart (Live at 5 with David Liebe Hart*) as well as recorded presentations of archival footage.

Taking reference from Leibe Hart, emerging artists Mattia Guarnera-MacCarthy and Hamed Maiye utilise their individual practices to explore a new religion: one centred on personal experience and storytelling, the other on contemporary fashion and the modern-day aesthetics of religion. Fusing these two styles and opening further discourse into the nuance of religion, a collaborative work by Guarnera-MacCarthy and Maiye will depict David Leibe Hart and his puppet, Chip.

The project is part of a series by Harlesden High Street titled ‘Public Access’, taking its name from American public access television of the 1980s and beyond, which offered an outlet for the general public to produce and televise their own content, predating Channel U, YouTube and other forms of social media.

Fitting with the gallery’s ethos of providing space to largely underrepresented artists and creatives, specifically those in Black communities across London, we hope to provide insight into those communities through this presentation.

This presentation will please people of varying interests and above all those who enjoy counterculture and underground television networks.

*Performances will take place at 5pm throughout the fair, booking for tickets will come soon

Co-curated by Brooke Wilson

The Further Adventures of Chip and David, 2023
with special guests
David Leibe Hart and Chip
Collaborative work by Mattia MacCarthy and Hamed Maiye
90 x 140cm (total of two panels 45 x 70cm each)

Mattia Guarnera-MacCarthy
Hail Mary, 2023
Acrylic on Canvas

Mattia Guarnera-MacCarthy
Untangling Christ, 2023
Acrylic on Canvas

Mattia MacCarthy
Golden Calves, 2023
Acrylic on Canvas

Hamed Maiye
Father was a saint, Father was a sinner, Father was neither.
Oil, acrylic, chalk, oil pastel, acrylic ink, air brush, spray paint on canvas
120 x 180cm

Hamed M
Oil, acrylic, chalk, oil pastel, acrylic ink, air brush, spray paint on canvas
120 x 180cm

Photos by Damian Griffiths

View an episode of the Junior Christian Bible Lesson above

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