The uncertainty of the pandemic has become an everyday state of being. Seeking comfort has taken many forms – we may turn to the solace of a book, listen to music, or a podcast. As we journey through these unprecedented times, we have looked to the potential of companionship, envisaged as standing side by side. In the meantime… acts not as a guide or map, but instead runs parallel to the public.
Without predetermining the narrative that the programme will explore, we wish to leave space for the fluidity of storytelling, rather than appropriating this knowledge or experience as our own. We have invited contributors to contemplate small moments of exchange that speak to moments missed and moments that have remained in the area between Somers Town in North West London and neighbouring Camden Art Centre.
In the meantime… is a directory, an interactive PDF and a collection of sound recordings.
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Louise Gholam is a French-Lebanese multi-media communicator, who investigates subjects of ‘neo-diasporic’ identity and journalism, having grown up between French-countryside quietude and the boisterous Beirut. Now based in London, Louise is finishing her masters at the RCA. Recently, Louise has collaborated with art galleries & museums (Onomatopée/ MUDAC), magazines (ISHKAR / Journal Safar) and festivals (Dutch Design Week).
Esther Leslie is Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck, University of London and writes books on animation, colour, liquid crystals, milk and other substances. She has written and exhibited with Melanie Jackson – notably the projects Deeper in the Pyramid and The Inextinguishable. She is passionate about her local area Somers Town.
Sonia Uddin is a visual artist based in London with a social, collaborative, interdisciplinary practice. She grew up in Camden and her current work engages with themes related to its social architecture, housing activism, migration, public space and community voice. Working across film, performance, collage and print, archives and social histories inform a documentary approach to storytelling. She is currently undertaking a commissioned project for Counterpoints Arts.
Lucy Joyce graduated with an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art in 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include Electric Blue, E-Werk Luckenwalde, Germany, 2019-2020 and Proposals + Props, Chalton Gallery, London, 2017. In 2018 she was commissioned by Tate St Ives to make a new site specific artwork: I Becomes You, Becomes We, Becomes Us, a site-specific art work on the coastline involving over 200 local people alongside a performance. Lucy has previously developed a series of public art commissions in towns around the UK including Sittingbourne (2015), Milton Keynes (2016-17) and North Woolwich (2016). Her work was selected for The London Open at The Whitechapel Gallery in 2015 and Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2014.
Joygun Nehar is a British Bangladeshi textile designer from Camden. Joygun’s work celebrates the experiences of living in between the borders of two cultures. Her fascination for textiles was seeded from her childhood as she would watch her mother sew. Joygun specialised in woven textiles, graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2018. She works with educational institutions and creates community workshops in her neighbourhood of Somers Town. Through her work she has been drawn to making and playing with unusual materials, keeping storytelling and upcycling at the core.
Javier Calderón is the director of the UK Mexican Art Society. He moved to the UK from Mexico City in 2004 and started showcasing contemporary Mexican art around 2010. In 2015 he founded the not-for-profit gallery space Chalton Gallery, on Charlton Street, Somers Town. Chalton Gallery evolved into the UK Mexican Arts Society (UKMAS) in 2020.
Caroline Mawer is a multimedia artist and Camden resident. She is particularly proud of her digital/performance work Deathbed Skiing (starting on the side of a mountain and ending in a Luscious Fruiting Forest of Dreams); and Safe as Houses, a site specific installation made from recycled materials and created in the front room of her home whilst she was shielding in the first Covid-19 wave. This work inspired her first prize-winning film: 3rd Wave.
Jaimie Denholm is a writer, a graduate of UCL in English Literature, and a lifetime resident of Somers Town. He works at UCL.
Diana Foster, Director of Somers Town Space, is an artist, digital learning specialist and activist currently developing a People’s Museum to document the past and present so there is a future of Somers Town. She lives in the midst of change in Somers Town, London.
Walk with us… Curators in conversation
In the meantime… is curated by Ted Targett, Lolita Pearl Gendler, Olivia Abando, Johnnie Valantine, Seulki Yoo and Isadora Graham in partnership with Camden Art Centre.
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