What’s On – Contemporary art in Manchester


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Negotiating 2, Mixed media on canvas, 2015. Fatemeh Takht Keshian


Contemporary art in Manchester

This April has been a superb month and there are still more exhibitions opening this coming week. After their recent successful opening exhibition with Lesley Halliwell’s  Tilted Plane’  Zellij Arts next exhibition will be the work of Iran born artist Fatemeh Takht Keshian  Bankley Gallery have ‘That Sinking Feeling‘ from contemporary art partnership ARM. 

Tanisha Salakoh says that she is inspired by Gerhard Richter and her new exhibition at Cass Art will show her ‘spontaneous abstraction’ and the first solo exhibition from Cross Street Arts associate Emma Saunders will show her Ceramics, thread installation and canvas work.

Don’t forget that we still have ‘Manipulate‘ at Saul Hay Gallery. Mary Griffiths ‘Wild Honey‘ at The Turnpike, Leigh, Isaac Juliens ‘10000 Waves at The Whitworth, Camera Optional at PS MIrabel and Dividing Rules:The Line Between at Paper Gallery  both until 12th May, ‘INTERFACE’ continues until 20th May at neo:studios,  and Altrincham’s ‘Air Gallery, Merry-Go-Round Broke Down’. More information HERE

Me, Myself and I: Relocate the Multi Layered Identity – Fatemeh Takht Keshian – 

Zellij Arts

PV 27th April continues to July

Originally from Iran, Fatemeh Takht Keshian holds a practice-based PhD in Art from Lancaster University, a BA and MA in Painting from Iran. Her practice combines drawing, painting, collage and video to articulate her identity and perceptions as an Iranian woman.

Her current project includes drawing into re-cycled second-hand books. These texts, filled as they are with their previous owners’ dreams and ideas, are overlaid with her dreams, nightmares and life experiences. She aims to show their real faces and how they describe their identity, reflecting on them with the mirror of her own artworks.

In the larger paintings old photos, symbols and traditional motifs are combined to make layered portraits of identity. The pieces in this series complete each other, like different sides of the same form. The faces, depicted in different situations, manifest the truth behind her portraits, trying to hide behind forms and colours. However, hiding it seems to be impossible, even by omitting the portrait and substituting it with an empty shape.

Images and visual elements are woven together. Sketch books combine with films and pictures recorded in Iran and Britain, these images, elements, pictures and films lay over each other as semi-transparent layers. They collectively perform a circle: they walk and flow inside or outside of one another, cover or uncover and appear or disappear within each other. They are a mixture of different themes, dreams and imaginary places and states which have elements of secrecy and disclosure. This series of works evoke the conflict among the different layers of her identity.



Tanisha Salakoh – Premeditated Spontaniety – Cass Art

PV 27th April 5-7pm

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Tanisha Salakoh’s ‘Premeditated Spontaneity’ is series of works that explore the unconscious mind and its influence on her dynamic application of acrylic on canvas. To Salakoh, the freedom to express oneself through a creative abstract process, where the end result is unknown, is thrilling.

Drawing inspiration from abstract expressionists Jackson Pollock and Gerhard Richter, she has developed an aggressive technique where paint is spontaneously smeared, scraped, and thrown, creating chance layers of texture and colour.



‘That Sinking Feeling’ – ARM at Bankley Studios & Gallery PV 27th April 7-9pm 

Navid Asghari, David Rogerson, James Moss

Exhibition continues Saturdays & Sundays 12pm-4pm until Saturday 12th May 2018

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‘Oumuamua, the first alien rock to travel here from another star, moves past the earth with indifference to the existential crisis facing the planet’s inhabitants. The scout from afar is strange, as are we. In fact, as we race to understand more, we become even stranger, as do the objects and phenomena we encounter. Much of human endeavour since the Enlightenment has focused on knowing, categorising and mastering the world around us ¾ yet as we hack our way through this jungle of complexity we discover that truth really is stranger than fiction. The pursuit of understanding and technological advance led to what many consider to be a new epoch in the history of our planet – the Anthropocene – a period defined by the geological impact of humans, perhaps most clearly demonstrated through global warming. But how do we face this? How do we explain it to ‘Oumuamua? Philosopher Timothy Morton says ‘We must create frameworks for coping with a catastrophe that, from the evidence of the hysterical announcements of its imminent arrival, has already occurred’.

That Sinking Feeling is a collaborative installation that dives into the soup of our current predicament. It seeks to reflect the relationships we have with this reality, the artefacts we create in our pursuit of progress, and the confused emotional state we find ourselves in. Combining film, sculpture and sound, the exhibition favours a lyrical approach to use the vernacular of internet memes: ‘That feeling when… you realise you’re in the middle of a slow-motion apocalypse and you haven’t done your homework.’

Navid Asghari is a sound artist and film composer whose works have featured in BAFTA award-winning BBC Features and short films; James Moss is an artist, performer and exhibitions curator at the historical Portico Library in Manchester, and David Rogerson is a London-based producer, former head of Experience Design studio icoEx and former Director of Digital & Publishing at Sonic Arts Network.


Emma Saunders – Cross Street Arts

PV 27th April 7-9pm

More contemporary art in Manchester from Emma Saunders. For her first solo exhibition, Cross street Arts associate Emma Saunders has developed this series of dynamic ceramics, thread installation and canvas work by reading about repressing secrets and its negative impact on both our mental and physical health. The darkness of the secrets that we suppress seep out of our bodies in other ways. The works have become cathartic acts, physically revealing and releasing what is held in the mind whilst keeping these thoughts obscure.

Open 28th April- 13th May  – Saturdays 12-4pm and by appointment.