23 July–25 September 2016
Michael Armitage is featured in ‘Some Are Nights Others Stars’ at Towner, Eastbourne. The exhibition brings together international artists whose works embody the contrasting experiences of displacement, loss and separation with the dynamic possibilities of movement, transformation and remembrance.
Armitage's paintings weave multiple narratives that are drawn from historical and current news media, internet gossip, and his own ongoing recollections of Kenya, his country of birth. His painting Kariakor (2015), part of the Arts Council Collection, features in ‘Some Are Nights Other Stars’. The painting takes its name from the market in Nairobi that itself is named after the Carrier Corps who worked alongside the British Army during the First World War. The painting depicts a porter weighed down by his burden – the majority of carrier corps served as porters, with an estimated 100,000 casualties.
Alongside Armitage, ‘Some Are Nights Other Stars’ includes the work of Ruth Claxton, Tiffany Chung, Siobhan Hapaska and Isaac Julien.
The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of events, including a curator’s walk and talk on Thursday 15 September at 1pm. Click here for further details.
‘Some Are Nights Other Stars’
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Michael Armitage ‘Kariakor’ (2015)
Oil on Lubugo bark cloth
© Michael Armitage. Photo © White Cube (George Darrell)