• Ivy Kalungi: Between Two Places, 6 June - 6 July, 2024

    Ivy Kalungi: Between Two Places

    6 June - 6 July, 2024

    Born in Uganda and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Ivy Kalungi’s practice centres on the intricate tapestry of female  black experience and journey through grief. Now living and working in Liverpool, Kalungi's sculpture, installation, video, sound and social practice, sheds light on the nuanced complexities of identity and belonging. Her meticulously handcrafted sculptures serve as a conduit for exploration, utilising a diverse range of materials including plaster, cement, wood, metal and found objects. 

     

    Rooted in the intricacies of grief, Between Two Places speaks of both personal and collective trauma. Spurred by the  recent loss of a close family member, Kalungi explores what remains for those significant to us after passing  and endeavours to understand how the wider black community coped with the reverberations of loss and trauma.  Included in this exhibition are installation and sculpture which represent tangible residues of life left behind. On one  wall hangs an installation of dry raffia leaves, a material that roots back to Ugandan culture. Kalungi’s intention is to  create an immersive space for reflection, inviting viewers to touch the fibres and listen to the sound of the leaves. Also included in the exhibition are cowrie shells which historically have been used as currency, a symbol of wealth, and  in traditional rituals. Through experimentation with materials like raffia and cowrie shells, Kalungi hopes to articulate  the intangible essence of the human experience in the face of mortality and grief, particularly within black narratives of  death. In her sculptures and installations, Kalungi invites viewers to contemplate the multifaceted nature of isolation and culture. She provides a space for dialogue and reflection, amplifying the voices of black women and fostering  connections within the community.  

     

    Ivy Kalungi was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and currently lives and works in Liverpool. She completed her MFA at Manchester University in 2020 and her BA at Liverpool Hope University in 2019. In May 2024, Kalungi completed a recedency at The Good Eye, London in collaboration with Pipeline. Selected exhibitions include a duo exhibition with Matthew Bamber at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2022); FACT residency, Liverpool (2019); OUTPUT Gallery, Liverpool  (2019). Kalungi has participated in a number of panel discussions including with Lubaina Himid: Black Women Artists Symposium, Uclan (2018) and Artists in Conversation, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool (2018). Her solo exhibition with Pipeline  marks the artist's first exhibition in London. 

  • Parham Ghalamdar: Deep Desert Objekt, 31 May - 6 July, 2024

    Parham Ghalamdar: Deep Desert Objekt

    31 May - 6 July, 2024

    In the heart of the Iranian desert lies Rig-e Jen, a landscape shrouded in mystique and whispers of the unseen. For centuries, nomads traversed its shifting sands, guided not only by the sun and stars but also by the enigmatic murmurs known as “Weeping Stones”. These whispers, once believed to be the voices of Djinns, also known as Genies, echoed through the dunes, carrying tales of ancient secrets and unseen forces. Nomads, attuned to the rhythms of nature, listened intently, seeking guidance and protection from these otherworldly beings. Yet as the climate shifts and temperatures rise, the sands of Rig-e Jen no longer hold the moisture that once stirred the voices of the rocks. The once-wet dunes have dried, their whispers silenced by the relentless march of time and climate change.


    Born in Tehran, Parham Ghalamdar's influences lie in Iranian myths and the changing natural landscape of the Middle East. For Ghalamader, Iranian mythology hinges on two elements: water and soil. Together these elements foster life, growth, and wisdom. Ancient myths would often tell of Iranian heroes defending the unity of the elements to protect the land from drought. In calling upon these narratives, Ghalamdar heeds signs from the past to warn of the apocalyptic future .


    The works presented in Deep Desert Objekt are born of these sacred, deteriorating lands. Black paint from the scorched earth of Iraq finishes the surface of Ghalamdar’s paintings and demon head ceramics. His ceramic vases, oozing with a thick tar like glaze, hold within them dry terrains of thirsty, arid sands. Paintings dripping with glaze, draw the onlooker into the illusory mirage of the ever-expanding desert. From the teachings of Iranian philosopher Reza Negarestani, “Deep Objekt” is a physical entity that reveals its message over time, beyond our current capabilities to fully understand. For Ghalamdar, the desert is a “Deep Objekt”, the full impact of which we have yet to wholly comprehend.

     

    Parham Ghalamdar was recipient of the 2023 4C Group UKNA Bursary. Displayed on the lower ground floor of the gallery, Deep Desert Objekt represents the culmination of his bursary period and the support of this grant. The title of the exhibition draws from Reza Negarestani’s seminars, and builds on the concept ‘Deep Objekt’, coined by Sepideh Majidi, in collaboration with Maure Coise and Reza Negarestani. This exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, supported by the UKNA 4C group and includes an essay by Dr Derek Horton.


    Parham Ghalamdar was born in Tehran, Iran and currently lives and works in Manchester. He obtained his MA degree in painting from the Manchester School of Art in 2021. Recent solo exhibitions include HOME, Manchester (2023) and Granada Foundation Galleries, Manchester (2022). Recent group and duo exhibitions include Pipeline (2023); Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2023); The Lowry, Salford (2023); The Whitaker Museum, Rosendale (2023); Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2022), Peterborough Museum, Peterborough (2021). Ghalamdar’s work is held in the collections of the University Of Salford Art Collection, Government Art Collection and Touchstones Rochdale. Ghalamdar has been a recent recipient of UK New Artists bursary, DYCP Grant, and Innovative Grant.