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London Gallery West is delighted to present The Art of Un-belonging, a solo exhibition by Deniz Sözen that forms part of her practice-based PhD at the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media.

Deniz Sözen's multi-disciplinary nomadic practice spans various media, from video, sound, performance, ceramics, installations to site-specific interventions. The Art of Un-belonging explores artistic strategies that destabilise fixed notions of belonging and identity, by opening and re-inscribing the concept of belonging beyond our human species.

The exhibition showcases three self-contained artworks that challenge an ethnocentric and anthropocentric conception of belonging:

The multilingual video-performance Surya Namaz (2018) is a personal investigation of yoga and the Muslim prayer ritual, exploring the potential of transcultural performance, opacity and multilingualism to undo fixed notions of belonging.

Originally commissioned by the Urban Art Festival Soho in Ottakring in Vienna, Kahvehane Kongresspark (2016) comprises a ceramics installation, a temporary café and a site-specific performance in public space. The exhibition will showcase specially designed coffee cups and saucers and the documentation of the lecture performance, developed and performed in collaboration with the bharatanatyam artist, actor and director Shane Shambhu. The performance explores the naturecultural history and migratory path of coffee from multiple angles presented as fragmented narrative, transgressing historical, spatial and linguistic boundaries.

Trans Plantations (2018), an installation of one hundred cups/saucers and a steadily growing number of coffee beans cast in porcelain in combination with an audio-visual element is concerned with the colonial history and human entanglements with coffee, taking the exploration of belonging further and ultimately beyond the anthropocentric.

Based on the conception of identity as relational, The Art of Un-belonging aims to contribute to the decolonisation of art by opening and re-inscribing the concept of belonging and identity beyond the human.

Opening times

9am–5pm daily

Private view

Thursday 21 June 2018, 5–9pm

Exhibition walk and artist talk

Monday 2 July 2018, 5pm, as part of the CREAM research symposium

Closing reception

Monday 2 July 2018, 6–8pm