News: Akram Khan curates Lowry exhibition

Monday 17 November 2014 by Carmel Smith

Anish Kapoor 'Negative Box Shadow' 2005.  Photo: Dave Morgan (copyright Anish Kapoor)

Earlier this month Akram Khan performed TOROBAKA – his collaboration with flamenco artist to sell out houses at Sadler’s Wells; last week he took his highly successful award winning show DESH to the Lowry in Salford and at the end of the month he’ll be back in London to perform with Sylvie Guillem in Sacred Monsters. His career has been full of starry collaborations with performers, designers, composers, film makers and visual artists. Last weekend was another ‘first’ for him – with the opening of a major art exhibition at The Lowry in Salford, which he has curated.

One Side to the Other, is the second in The Lowry’s Performer as Curator series and sees Khan bringing together a personal selection of sculpture, painting, photography, film, live installation and elements of performance which have inspired him in his work. Fittingly the exhibition will also feature dance. At set times visitors will be able to experience a unique guided tour, including performances within the gallery space, choreographed by Akram Khan. Inspired by the themes of contrast and opposites, the exhibition explores the traditional and the contemporary, youth and experience, doubt and certainty, light and dark, truth and fiction through the work of international artists including Antony Gormley and Anish Kapoor (both collaborators in his stage productions); Nadav Kander; Darvish Fakhr; Serena Smith; Kate MccGwire and Miz Nakaishi. Also featured are of films by Anahita Ghazvinizadeh and Rosemary Lee & Peter Anderson.

“Even though I have predominantly invested my body in movement and my passion in the world of dance, I tend to find the most interesting movement in all other art-forms, away from dance,” he said. “When The Lowry invited me to curate something in their gallery, I was tremendously excited about the chance to present works from artists that have inspired me throughout my career, and artists whose work may inspire the next generation.”

He worked with Sasha Milavic-Davies (the co-director of the exhibition), to put together a “a sort of surreal, Alice in Wonderland landscape of extremes, and whatever may be in-between.”

Michael Simpson, Director of Visual Art and Engagement at The Lowry said: “Performer as Curator is one of the most ambitious exhibition projects in The Lowry’s history. Handing over the reins of our galleries to a performer from a completely different art form, be they a singer, dancer or actor, is incredibly exciting.”

One Side to an Other is at The Lowry until 31 January
Performances are on Saturdays only. Free, but booking in advance is essential.
www.thelowry.com

Sacred Monsters
Sadler’s Wells, 25 – 29 November
www.sadlerswells.com

Photo of Anish Kapoor’s Negative Box Shadow 2005. by Dave Morgan

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