A major exhibition by five internationally renowned artists opens at the Towner Art Gallery on July 23.
Some Are Nights Others Stars includes pieces by Michael Armitage, Ruth Claxton, Tiffany Chung, Siobhán Hapaska, and Isaac Julien.
Their artworks embody contrasting experiences of displacement and loss with the dynamics of movement and transformation. In film installations, large sculptural works, paintings and drawings, the exhibition explores concerns about land, architecture, progress, utopian dreams, inequality, trauma and resistance.
Central to the exhibition, and in its first UK presentation outside London is Isaac Julien’s three-screen film installation Ten Thousand Waves (2010) inspired by the tragic incident at Morecambe Bay in which 23 cockle-pickers lost their lives. Ten Thousand Waves was jointly acquired by Towner Art Gallery and Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery in March 2016 through the Moving Image Fund, which Art Fund launched last year in partnership with Thomas Dane Gallery - one of the first works to be acquired through the Fund.
Some Are Nights Others Stars is accompanied by a programme of talks, films and performance. These include Uncemented Roots
at 3pm, Saturday August 6, which is a dance performance in response to Siobhán Hapaska’s installation Intifada - entry is free.