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ICA, London

For Sonia Boyce: We move in her way the artist turned the ICA into a performative laboratory to create her multi-media installation. In the live work, and perhaps the experience of the installation itself, the power play between performers and audience shift as the lines between each become blurred.

Tate Britain, London

Allison Thompson and Susana Vargas Cerventes, who participated in the Brooks International Fellowship at Tate with Delfina Foundation, have curated a display at Tate Britain with Elena Crippa, Stan Firm Inna Inglan: Black Diaspora in London, 1960-70s. This display brings together for the first time recently acquired works by eight photographers, gifted by Eric and Louise Franck. The photographs by Raphael Albert, Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi, James Barnor, Colin Jones, Neil Kenlock, Dennis Morris, Syd Shelton and Al Vandenberg focus on those who travelled from the Caribbean and West Africa to live in London, documenting their joy, self-empowerment and desire to belong to British society, as well as the racial tension and exclusion that defined these communities in the capital. The title of the display is taken from the poem It Dread inna Inglan by UK-based Jamaican-British poet Linton Kwesi Johnson. Exhibition dates: 14/11 to Autumn 2017.

Chisenhale Gallery, London

The tremble, the symptom, the swell and the hole together is a new body of work and the largest commission to date by London and Warsaw-based artist and choreographer Alex Baczynski-Jenkins who took part in Delfina Foundation's Performance as Process residencies in 2015 and 2016. 

For his new commission at Chisenhale Gallery, Baczynski-Jenkins presents a choreography that unfolds across the duration of the exhibition, examining the relationships between affection, distraction, desire and loss. Performed by Baczynski-Jenkins’ collaborators and presented within a minimal and adaptive set, the choreography incorporates two interwoven temporal formats: fortnightly ‘Episodes’ on Thursday evenings, followed by extended performances every Friday to Sunday, 2-6pm, which Baczynski-Jenkins refers to as ‘Fugues’.  Exhibition through 12 March.

DRAF Studio, London

variations on a garden is a solo exhibition by Abbas Akhavan who undertook residencies with Delfina Foundation in Dubai (2011) and London (2012), which culminated in the exhibition Study for a Garden. The sculptural installation on view at DRAF entitled Study for a Monument (2013–15) presents a series of bronze plants laid out on white cotton sheets. These are the forms of native species from the rivers Tigris and Euphrates, the area where the legendary Hanging Gardens of Babylon are presumed to have been built and which was and subsequently ravaged by Saddam Hussein's 1990s campaign against the Marsh Arabs and the Iraq wars. Exhibition through 17 March.  Talk on 20 January.  

This display brings together for the first time recently acquired works by eight photographers, gifted by Eric and Louise Franck. The photographs by Raphael Albert, Bandele ‘Tex’ Ajetunmobi, James Barnor, Colin Jones, Neil Kenlock, Dennis Morris, Syd Shelton and Al Vandenberg focus on those who travelled from the Caribbean and West Africa to live in London, documenting their joy, self-empowerment and desire to belong to British society, as well as the racial tension and exclusion that defined these communities in the capital. The title of the display is taken from the poem It Dread inna Inglan by UK-based Jamaican-British poet Linton Kwesi Johnson. 
 
The display is curated by Elena Crippa, Allison Thompson and Susana Vargas Cervantes.

Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj, 10 March 2017 to 12 June 2017

Sharjah Biennial 13, Tamawuj is curated by Christine Thome and features over fifty interational artists. Amongst them are our former residents Abbas Akhavan (Canada), Future Farmers (Amy Franceschini (United States)), Lamia Joreige (Lebanon), Mahmoud Khaled (Egypt), Joe Namy (Lebanon), Khalil Rabah (Palestine) as well as Hind Mezaina (United Arab Emirates) and Shadi Habib Allah (Palestine) who are both recent residents staying with us end of 2016.

Contour Biennale 8, March 11 2017 to May 21 2017

Contour Biennale 8, Polyphonic Worlds: Justice as Medium is curated by Natasha Ginwala and considers an uncertain scenography in which we are urged to set up encounters as actors, agents and dissidents. The upcoming edition brings together over 20 international and local artists amongst them  Louis Henderson (United Kingdom), Pallavi Paul (India), The Empire Remains Shop (Cooking Sections (United Kingdom)).

Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, 12 December 2016 to 29 March 2017

The 3rd edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, curated by practising artist Sudarshan Shettym, opens in Kochi on December 12th. Several previous residents will participate, including Ahmet Öğüt (Turkey) who was with us in 2012 and Dana Awartani (Saudia Arabia) and Lantian Xie (United Arab Emirates) who were both resident in 2015.

Shanghai Biennial 11: Why Not Ask Again, 11 November 2016 to 12 March 2017

The 11th Shanghai BiennaleWhy Not Ask Again, curated by New Delhi's Raqs Media Collective, opened November 11th 2016. Amongst the 92 artists are our former resident artists Kendell Geers (South Africa), Lantian Xie (United Arab Emirates), Rheim Alkadhi (United States), Taus Makhacheva (Russia/Dagestan) and Yazan Khalili (Palestine).