To mark the closing of ICF’s Diaspora Pavilion 2: London (2023) exhibition presented in partnership with Block 336, exhibiting artists Sonia E Barrett and Kashif Nadim Chaudry participated in a public conversation chaired by ICF’s Artistic Director David A Bailey and Deputy Artistic Director Jessica Taylor on 12 June 2023.
Diaspora Pavilion 2: London is the final presentation in a series of peripatetic events culminating in ICF’s Diaspora Pavilion 2 (DP2) project. This trans-national, collaborative project advances ICF’s engagement with diaspora as a critical concept following the first Diaspora Pavilion during the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017. DP2 interrogates and complicates the term diaspora across various curatorial formats as part of an ongoing mapping of the rich and complex material cultures, mythologies, alternative histories and re-imagined landscapes that are born from the distinct and yet shared reality of belonging to a diaspora.
For the exhibition, Sonia E Barrett presents Here Tell, Quantum Black, which consists of a new sculptural installation and moving image work addressing the material histories of flint, the black sedimentary rock used in Britain to construct tools, property and weaponry.
For his installation Char Bagh, Kashif Nadim Chaudry brings together new and existing sculptural works to stage his first solo presentation in London. Spanning over ten years of his practice, these works showcase Chaudry’s long-term engagement with the colourful and sensual fabrics of South Asia, as well as his fascination with embellishment, adornment and decoration.
Filmed by Emmy Yoneda
Edited by Emmy Yoneda and Joanna Risvik