press release

Chisenhale Gallery presents a new multi-screen video work by Grace Ndiritu.

Still Life and Responsible Tourism, comprises two video quartets that will be installed to mirror one another on the interior and exterior of a specially constructed room. The installation allows the viewer to choose the order in which they navigate the work, encouraging the possibility of both a collision and integration of the two sets of videos.

Still Life, projected on the outer walls, includes four large-scale videos that use West African textiles in a sensual and, at times, unnerving physical performance by the artist to camera. Ndiritu wraps, conceals and reveals her body, creating and controlling tensions within the fabric to provoke different emotional responses.

Responsible Tourism, projected on the inner walls of the room, comprises four large-scale videos that explore aspects of a complex relationship between the artist’s performance as a western tourist behind the camera, and a nomadic African population going about their everyday business and lives. Ndiritu captures unstaged moments that focus on the daily acts of the local population, such as cooking outdoors and camel racing.

Grace Ndiritu was born in 1976 and lives and works in London. She studied at Winchester School of Art, London and De Ateliers, Amsterdam. She recently completed a studio residency at Delfina Studios, London (2004-2006).

Recent Exhibitions include: Untitled Resistance, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea (2006); Nuova Icona in conjunction with Ikon Gallery, during the 51st Venice Biennale, Italy (2005); The Nightingale, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2005); Time, Delfina Studios (2005); Perspective, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast (winner of the Perspective Prize 2004); Mostyn Open, Oriel Mostyn Gallery (2004)

Supported by: Arts Council England, London and Decibel


Grace Ndiritu