Thirteen Ways of Looking
Thirteen Artists and Curators show why one perspective is never enough.
(© Shiyi Li, 2020)
The title of this exhibition is inspired by Wallace Stevens’ poem ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird’ (1917). The thirteen verses of the poem each describe the presence and movement of a blackbird in a different way - creating multiple perspectives and viewpoints of the bird. The blackbird in the poem symbolises the importance of flexibility and fluidity in order to create space for multiple forms of experience, knowledge and understanding.
This exhibition borrows from Stevens’ approach, bringing together existing and newly commissioned artworks by thirteen artists and curators. Their working practices bring forward international, multicultural, multi-faith and feminist perspectives which shift very much like those of the blackbird in the poem.
Thirteen Ways of Looking explores different strategies of resistance that overlap and intersect in the physical spaces of the gallery and digitally online. They challenge where art belongs, where it’s experienced and who is being addressed.
The participating artists and curators are: Hira Butt, Eddie Chambers, Sonya Dyer, Andreana Fatta, Hyphen-Labs, Navi Kaur, Shama Khanna, Roshini Kempadoo, Shiyi Li, Farwa Moledina, Keith Piper, Donald Rodney and Matías Serra Delmar.
Exhibition Launch Event Playlist
Sylvia is responsible for The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum's new exhibition, 'Thirteen Ways of Looking' which brings together 13 artists and curators focused on international, multi-faith and feminist perspectives which shift. Sylvia selects tunes from Robert Glasper, Laura Mvula, Abimaio, Nao, Koffee and more.
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