Matthew Bamber & Ivy Kalungi talk about there new Art Exhibition at Castlefield Gallery! Interview w/ Adele Tondu
Artist’s Matthew Bamber & Ivy Kalungi called in to the Unity Radio Breakfast Show with Adele Tondu broadcasting live from MediCityUk
to discuss there Art Exhibitionat the Castlefield Gallery in Manchester!
Check out the full interview for more:
Castlefield Gallery is pleased to present new work by Matthew Bamber and Ivy Kalungi,
two artists who explore how images, objects and bodies hold memories of both personal and social histories.
The exhibition includes large scale sculptural works
interacting with the gallery’s unique architecture alongside video work and digital collage.
In order to make her sculptures Kalungi employs an assortment of techniques and materials that vary from
combining plaster, rope, cement, wood, and metal with more ephemeral materials.
Her works often include potent cultural iconographies such as raffia.
For Kalungi these material combinations reflect the personal and psychological triggers held within cultural identity.
The duality of Kalungi’s Ugandan and Irish heritage informs how she experiences the diasporic condition.
She sees the relationship between migration and identity construction as a constant oscillation between cultures, religions and traditions.
Bamber explores our image-saturated world and his own consumption of imagery.
His practice incorporates collage, photography, video, drawing and installation.
He constructs assemblages, using photography, personal and public archives and found images taken from the internet,
which are re-photographed and digitally manipulated. Compositionally, his works are influenced by both the baroque style and still-life painting.
Traces of physical manipulation and digital labour are left exposed revealing the mechanics of these multi-layered images.
His work focuses on sexuality, particularly, queer domesticities but also images of violence,
drawn from points of intersection between LGBTQIA+ histories and his own memories and personal experiences.
Seen together the works of these two artists speak both of trauma but also about the possibility for care, patience and understanding one another.
As part of Castlefield Gallery and Manchester School of Art’s long-standing partnership activity,
Kalungi and Bamber’s work was selected from an open call to MA/MFA Fine Art and MA/MFA Painting Graduates from Manchester School of Art,
at Manchester Metropolitan University, who graduated in the last 10 years (2011 onwards).
They were selected by guest selector and artist, Hardeep Pandhal, Castlefield Gallery Curator & Deputy Director, Matthew Pendergast,
and Programme Leader of MA/MFA Fine Art at Manchester School of Art, Ian Rawlinson.
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