Private View: 17/12/21 6-9pm
Exhibition open to the general public by appointment only
from the 18th of December
to the 30th of January 2022
Rockin’ Locs seeks to investigate the relationship between mothers and daughters through hair. Through this work Riley Gray explores the bonds that form through hair care and the journeys that those from the diaspora expirence in the UK. The space will host a single large textile hair piece viewable via the street for a passing audience whilst playing an audio containing intimate conversations between the artist and her various family members.
The exhibition reflects on the interventions previously experienced at gentrified gallery openings in various parts of Black London, by incorporating a local church’s generosity, serving soul food on the opening of the exhibition, questioning the process of what conventions we could seek to resolve within homogenised contemporary art.
List of Works
Running time: 15 minutes
Medium: Synthetic Hair
Farrah Riley Gray (b. 1992) Previously studied BA Fine Art at Goldsmith and graduated in 2019 as the recipient of the Christine Ridley Award. Her work is held in collection at the Constance Howard Gallery. Riley Gray has been exhibited and performed in the UK at institutions including Horniman Museum, Craft Council, Wellcome Collection and Deptford X. She was artist in residence at Harlesden High Street in 2020.
Recent Exhibitions include:
Hair: Untold Stories, Horniman Museum, London, UK, 2021
Maker’s Eye: Stories of Craft, Craft Council, London, UK, 2021
After Hours, Bowes-Parris Gallery, London, UK, 2021
I Am Not Disabled, the Institution is Disabled as part of No End and No Beginning, Wellcome Collection, London, UK, 2020
Knotted, Deptford X, London, UK, 2019
Knotted: Christine Risley Award, Constance Howard Gallery, London, UK, 2019