in Frieze , News | 27 FEB 23

March Exhibitions at No.9 Cork Street

For the spring programme, Tiwani Contemporary will showcase a dual exhibition featuring works by Emma Prempeh and Abigail Lucien alongside a presentation by G Gallery of Woo Hannah's fabric installations

in Frieze , News | 27 FEB 23

The spring programme at No.9 Cork Street opens with exhibitions by Tiwani Contemporary (London & Lagos), from 3 March – 1 April, and G Gallery (Seoul), from 9 – 25 March. The exhibitions feature paintings and sculptural installations by London-based artist Emma Prempeh and Haitian-American artist Abigail Lucien, as well as South Korean artist Woo Hannah’s fabric sculptures and installations. 

Abigail Lucien, boule de fwa II, 2022.   Acrylic and vinyl on steel, 22.9 x 1.9 x 3.8 cm.    Image courtesy of the artist and Deli Gallery.
Abigail Lucien, boule de fwa II, 2022, acrylic and vinyl on steel, 22.9 x 1.9 x 3.8 cm, image courtesy of the artist and Deli Gallery. 

London and Lagos-based gallery Tiwani Contemporary presents With Tenderness, a duo exhibition featuring gallery artist Emma Prempeh and introducing Haitian-American artist Abigail Lucien in her first UK show.

Emma Prempeh, If I Love Myself Will I Let Go of Fear, 2023.   Oil, Acrylic and Imitation Gold Leaf on Canvas, 175 x 175 cm (68 7/8 x 68 7/8 in).   Courtesy of the artist and Tiwani Contemporary.
Emma Prempeh, If I Love Myself Will I Let Go of Fear, 2023, oil, Acrylic and Imitation Gold Leaf on Canvas, 175 x 175 cm (68 7/8 x 68 7/8 in). Courtesy of the artist and Tiwani Contemporary. 

The exhibition probes how, in painting and sculptural installations, both artists render compelling explorations of time in all its tenses: As archival matter, quotidian event and speculative futurity. Abigail Lucien’s abstract floor and wall-based sculptures are informed by her ongoing questioning of “inherited colonial structures and systems of belief and care.” Further themes in this new series include heat as a source of transformative energy, anthropomorphism and nationalism with particular reference to the nation states of Haiti and The Dominican Republic, which share the same land mass but are bordered. Emma Prempeh’s latest paintings are portraits that cast an intimate glance on her loved ones and sense of self. Exploring expressions of pictorial and emotional depth, these new paintings question the frailty and fallibility of memory. 

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Exhibition Information

G Gallery from Seoul presents South Korean artist Woo Hannah’s first solo exhibition in the UK, titled Appearances. The exhibition features the latest collection of Woo's fabric sculptures and installations, conceived between 2020 and 2023.

On 9 March from 5-6pm, Woo will be in conversation with Chus Martinez, Director of the Art Institute at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel, to discuss about the exhibition and the key themes in her practice.

Woo Hannah, Bleeding - 5, 2023, Wire, fabric, cotton, 40 x 214 x 227 cm, courtesy of the Artist and G Gallery
Woo Hannah, Bleeding - 5, 2023, Wire, fabric, cotton, 40 x 214 x 227 cm, courtesy of the Artist and G Gallery

Hannah Woo is known for using fabric to create fantastical and mythical worlds in visual forms such as drawing, sculpture, and installation. Her use of fabric, a material conventionally associated with femininity and manual labor, subverts the traditional grandeur of sculpture and offers an alternative perspective on the medium: freedom and flexibility. In Appearances, Woo's works embody both wit and cuteness, while also exploring the macabre and monstrous. Her sculptural forms resemble bodily organs of various living creatures and mythical beings such as dragons. Woo presents sexual anatomy as equal subjects of humor, devoid of any sense of difference or discrimination - neither male nor female; human nor non-human. By embracing an egalitarian view of all life on Earth, she aims to foster horizontal relationships.

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Exhibition Information

Woo Hannah, Abdomen - Grapes, 2023, Fabric, string, cotton, bouncy balls, 120 x 73 x 74 cm, courtesy of the Artist and G Gallery
Woo Hannah, Abdomen - Grapes, 2023, Fabric, string, cotton, bouncy balls, 120 x 73 x 74 cm, courtesy of the Artist and G Gallery

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Main image: Emma Prempeh, 2023, Oil, Acrylic and Imitation Gold Leaf on Canvas, 155 x 190 cm (61 x 74 3/4 in), Courtesy of the artist and Tiwani Contemporary. 

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