Escola ao lado | School next Door: RitaGT
Lesson nº1 – Learning with Golborne
22nd March - 3rd April 2018
Private View: March 22nd 2018 6:00 - 8:30PM
School next Door, the translation for the Portuguese “Escola ao Lado”, is the first solo exhibition of Portuguese Performance and Visual artist Rita GT who lives and works between Viana do Castelo, Portugal and Luanda, Angola.
Curated by Ana Cristina Cachola, The Lesson nº1 – Learning with Golborne presents an Installation and a series of Performative, Expositional, Interventional and Collaborative actions that the artist has developed with the aim to explore both the wider and intimate historical and current narratives of immigration in West London.
The School next door is laid out in the gallery with purposely conceived flat-pack furniture made as a collaboration between Rita GT, the architect Miguel Coutinho and the carpenters of the city council of her hometown. It features a series of artworks that Rita GT created for the site: photographs, ceramics, works on paper, and sound installations -inspired by research, interviews and performances she executed during previous residencies in this London neighbourhood.
Rita GT has drawn on the experience of the Portuguese community that arrived in the Golborne Road in the 60s and early 70s as a starting point for the artworks. That particular phase of immigration had as a background the- often forgotten in other parts of Europe, including in the UK- authoritarian, colonial Portuguese regime Estado Novo which was still fighting against Angola in its War of Independence, and drafting young male Portuguese civilians until its end only in 1974.
The School next door will open with three days of ‘classes’ aiming to give equal voices to the moderators and the audience in exchanging ideas and narratives about the area’s rich history of diverse immigration, from the immediate post-war period to the present. The artist will be an ubiquitous presence, as both artist and student, performing and/or documenting them, and encouraging all voices to be heard. The material gathered in the 50 Golborne Gallery will be the starting point for the next Schools Next Door that will be launched in other capital cities in Europe and Africa over the two next years.
On the first day, Thursday 22nd March, at 7pm, Rita GT will perform “I am an instrument”, with renowned blufunk musician Keziah Jones. The programme on Friday and Saturday includes Art historian and writer Yvette Greslé, independent radical scholar, political analyst, curator and cultural critic George Shire and curator Ana Cristina Cachola.
About Rita GT
Rita GT was born in Porto in 1980; She lives and works between Viana do Castelo in Portugal and Angola’s capital city of Luanda. She received the Moving Africa scholarship in 2013 awarded by the Goethe Institute through the Wits University (Johannesburg, South Africa), is the founder of the e-studio Luanda project and was the selected commissioner of Angola’s Pavilion in the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. She has exhibited, among others, at Gallery Belo-Galsterer, Lisbon (2017); Patch, Porto (2017); ICAF, Lagos (2017); Efeito-Suruba, Lisbon (2017); KunstKraftWerk, Leipzig & Freies Museum/Savvy Contemporary, Berlin (2015); Museu do Chiado, Lisbon (2015/16); Instituto Camões, Luanda (2014); UNAP, Luanda (2012); Instituto Camões, Luanda (2014); the Rothschild Prize, Lisbon (2007).
About Keziah Jones
Jones was born in Nigeria, and educated in the UK. He lives between Lagos and Paris. A singer-songwriter and guitarist, he describes his musical style as Blufunk, a fusion between blues elements and hard, edgy funk rhythms. His Nigerian roots in Yoruba music and soul can also be considered as major influences on his sound. Nigerian Wood which was released in 2008 spent 43 weeks on the French SNEP chart, establishing Jones as a leading figure of the European Blues genre. Captain Rugged was released in 2013 to high claim as well as his latest album, Rugged Covers EP, in 2017.
About 50 Golborne
50 Golborne is an art and design gallery located on Golborne Road on the northern edge of Notting Hill, London – a vibrant market street within a rich community of mixed economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. 50 Golborne’s mission is to investigate the convergence between contemporary art, design and craft. Breaking down the boundaries created by the artificial separation of creative fields, 50 Golborne supports and promotes some of the best creative projects developed by international artists, designers and makers. It especially supports those relevant to portraying and interrogating a world which is fast changing and in which the African continent plays a dynamic and significant role.