Deep Sea, a solo exhibition by Céline Siani Djiakoua, will open at Surface Gallery on Friday 9 September 2016. Djiakoua exhibited in the Nottingham Castle Open 2015 and was awarded the Surface Gallery Prize, a three-week residency and solo exhibition opportunity. This year Surface Gallery will sponsor the Nottingham Castle Open for the 3rd consecutive exhibition, so don't forget to get your applications in before our 18 September deadline.
Deep Sea is a show concerned with the migrant crisis, colonisation and imperialistic values. Using large scale drawings and ink paintings, tinted fabric and sound installation, the exhibition evokes the struggles of opposing forces at work within the world. The overwhelming presence of the colour blue reminds us of the deep seas and the fluid and sensual qualities of water. The exhibition offers many levels of readings, with references to feminist French philosopher Luce Irigaray and also Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It is a show to be experienced both sensually and intellectually.
Deep Sea includes a specially commissioned sound piece by filmmaker and creative writer Ioney Smallhorne.
The Opening Night features a vocal performance from Honey Williams, the director of G.O.A Choir, dubbed by Left Lion as “the biggest, baddest bunch of belters about”. There will also be a DJ set by Little Night Music Sound Services with music compiled by Stuart Hemulen.
Deep Sea opens in the Project Space in conjunction with with Farhad Jafari's Zymotic Gaze in the Main Gallery. As always there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Springhead.
Press Release given by Surface Gallery, visit their website for more details.