Festival Launch: Fri 26 February, 6-7pm, The Mining Institute
Dates: 27 February - 27 March 2016 Festival Opening Times: Tue - Sun 12-6pm
You are invited to the preview of AV Festival 2016: Meanwhile, what about Socialism?
at Workplace, Gateshead on Fri 26 February, 7-10pm.
The preview opens simultaneously in nine venues across Newcastle and Gateshead.
This new installation by Hugo Canoilas creates a tension between the past and present, making it contemporary 'like a knife with two blades'. It brings together his ongoing concerns around social discrepancy with readings on capitalism and Marxism including George Orwell, Pierre Joseph Proudhon's The Philosophy of Misery, Plato's Allegory of the Cave and more recently The Manifesto Against Labour by Group Krisis. Canoilas's paintings are acts of suspension and confrontation, layers of diagrammatic symbols, signs and texts between the abstract and the figurative.
Hugo Canoilas Lava-grotto 2016, Ink on linen, latex, pigment, mixed media. Courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery
Curated by AV Festival 2016: Meanwhile, what about Socialism? as part of the Festival group exhibition across nine venues in Newcastle and Gateshead.
The exhibition includes work by the following artists and archives: Thomas Spence (UK), Amber Films (UK), Jack Common/North East Film Archive (UK), Tim Brennan (UK), Hugo Canoilas (Portugal), Dan Perjovschi (Romania), Madhusudhanan (India), Pallavi Paul (India), Haim Sokol (Russia), R.E.P. (Ukraine), Claire Fontaine (France).
The Festival title comes from a quote in George Orwell's book 'The Road to Wigan Pier', which is the thematic framework for AV Festival 2016-2018. In 1936, Orwell spent two months living in the industrial North observing working-class life amidst growing social injustice, poverty and unemployment. The book is an analysis of English socialism, concluding that the basis of democratic socialism is equality and fairness.
Mirroring the book's structure, AV Festival 2016 is Part One, with artists situating themselves in relation to historic and contemporary political struggle. Presented in 14 venues the programme features 12 solo installations, 48 film screenings, nine artist talks and four performances.
Workplace Gallery is a contemporary art gallery run by artists.
Based in Gateshead UK, Workplace Gallery represents a portfolio of emerging and established artists through the gallery programme, curatorial projects and international art fairs.