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Merlin James

In the Gallery

Merlin James is a painter of small pictures in the ‘easel’ tradition. He is very much aware of the history of the medium, and the weight of the past is evident in everything he paints: it is both burden and ballast in a world of postmodern relativity. But James doesn’t produce nostalgia or pastiche; nor does he opt for distance or irony. There is stubbornness in his approach to painting, and determination not to be daunted by the difficulties of engaging both with the past and the present.

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Alice Rekab
FAMILY LINES PROJECT

FAMILY LINES is a multi-platform project by artist Alice Rekab in collaboration with Éireann and I: A community archive for Black migrants in Ireland, and with contributions from Holly Graham, Salma Caller, Larry Achiampong, and Cypher Billboard, London. FAMILY LINES explores experiences of migration and survival within the family unit, and focuses on Black and Mixed-Race […]

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