Month: January 2019

Migrating Cities


Migrating Cities 

Hong Kong 

ICF presented the project Migrating Cities in Hong Kong on 18 & 18 January 2019 in the Prison Yard of the Tai Kwun Art Centre. 
Curated by ICF Head of Programmes Jessica Taylor and Gabria Lupone, Migrating Cities included a film programme that brought together works by six international artists that address certain geopolitical, historical, cultural and economic relationships between specific cities and places. It explored narratives of global connections and exchange through the films of Larry Achiampong, Madiha Aijaz, Iván Argote, Mohau Modisakeng, Amie Siegel and Sam Smith.

Sam Smith’s film Lithic Choreographies examines the geological history of the Swedish island of Gotland, Larry Achiampong uncovers fragments of the forgotten empire of the United Kingdom in Relic 1, and Madiha Aijaz’s These Silences Are All The Words takes its lead from a series of conversations held in the Bedil Library in 2017, examining a range of topics in Pakistani history and culture. Mohau Modisakeng meditates on the types of migration to and from South Africa in his work Passage, Iván Argote digs an imaginary channel from Indonesia to Colombia in As Far As We Could Get, while Amie Siegel’s film The Architects moves through various architecture studios in New York City, gazing uncompromisingly at the highly networked production of global architecture.

ICF’s presentation in Hong Kong also included a newly produced sound work by conceptual artist Peter Adjaye entitled Sumsum in the entrance of the UAL Global Pavilion as part of his ongoing Music for Architecture project. 

Images: Larry Achiampong, Relic 1 (2017); Amie Siegel, The Architects (2014); Mohau Modisakeng, Passage (2017); Sam Smith, Lithic Choreographies (2018); Madiha Aijaz, These Silences Are All The Words (2017-8); Ivan Argote, As Far As We Could Get (2017). 

ICF was commissioned to curate this project by Chelsea College of Arts for the UAL Global Pavilion at Tai Kwun as part of the British Council Spark Festival. 

David Bailey

David A. Bailey MBE

Creative Director

David A. Bailey MBE is a photographer, writer, curator, lecturer and cultural facilitator who lives and works in London. David’s practice is focused on the issues that relate to black representations in the areas of photography, performance and artists’ film. There interests have informed his appointment as an advisor and subsequent curator with Autograph (ABP) and the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva) in 1994.

One of David’s main concerns is the notion of diaspora and black representation in art. He co-curated the groundbreaking exhibitions Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance with Richard J. Powell at the Hayward Gallery in London in 1997, and Back to Black: Art, Cinema and the Racial Imaginary with Petrine Archer-Straw and Richard J. Powell at Whitechapel Art Gallery in London in 2005.

David has written extensively about photography and film. From 1996 to 2002, he was Co-Director of the African and Asian Visual Arts Archive (AAVAA) at the University of East London. From 2005 to 2011 he was a Curator at Platform for the Remember Saro-Wiwa Living Memorial.

Since 2006 David has been overseeing the growth and development of the ICF, and between 2009 and 2010, he was the Acting Director of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas in Nassau.

David was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2007, for services to art.