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‘By Any Means'Dala Nasser, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Gray Wielebinski, Sunil Gupta, Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers), Zadie Xa

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Installation view, ‘By Any Means’.
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Installation view, ‘By Any Means’.
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Installation view, ‘By Any Means’.
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Installation view, ‘By Any Means’.
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Installation view, ‘By Any Means’.
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Installation view, ‘By Any Means’.
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Installation view, ‘By Any Means’.
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Installation view, ‘By Any Means’.
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Dala Nasser, ‘I & II العودة ‘, ‘By Any Means’.
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Dala Nasser, ‘I & II العودة’ , mixed medium, 2021.
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Dala Nasser, ‘I & II العودة ‘, ‘By Any Means’.
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Dala Nasser, ‘I & II العودة’ , mixed medium, 2021.
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Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers), ‘The Star Chamber. A cosmic history of the Empire’ & ‘Chimera’, ‘By Any Means’. Courtesy of Tiwani Contemporary.
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Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers), ‘The Star Chamber. A cosmic history of the Empire’ & ‘Chimera’, ‘By Any Means’. Courtesy of Tiwani Contemporary.
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Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers), The Star Chamber. A cosmic history of the Empire, 2020, acrylic, ink and varnish on canvas. Courtesy of Tiwani Contemporary.
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Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers), ‘Chimera’, ‘By Any Means’. Courtesy of Tiwani Contemporary.
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Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers), Chimera, 2020, acrylic, ink and varnish on canvas. Courtesy of Tiwani Contemporary.
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Zadie Xa, ‘Wishbone’, ‘By Any Means’.
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Zadie Xa, Wishbone, 2021, bleached and dyed hand sewn denim, oil, linen.
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Zadie Xa, Wishbone, 2021, bleached and dyed hand sewn denim, oil, linen.
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Zadie Xa, Wishbone, 2021, bleached and dyed hand sewn denim, oil, linen.
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Gray Wielebinski, ‘Jack’, ‘By Any Means’.
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Gray Wielebinski, ‘Jack’, ‘By Any Means’.
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Gray Wielebinski, ‘Jack’, ‘By Any Means’.
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Gray Wielebinski, Jack, 2021, mixed media sculpture.
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Gray Wielebinski, ‘Hall of Mirrors’’, ‘By Any Means’.
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Gray Wielebinski, Hall of Mirrors, 2019, knitted acrylic scarves.
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Gray Wielebinski, Hall of Mirrors, 2019, knitted acrylic scarves.
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Sunil Gupta, ‘Christmas / Substation’, ‘By Any Means’.
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Sunil Gupta, ‘Babe / Fist’, ‘By Any Means’.
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Danielle Braithwaite-Shirley, ‘Digging for Black Trans Lives’, ‘By Any Means’.
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Danielle Braithwaite-Shirley, ‘Digging for Black Trans Lives’, ‘By Any Means’.
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Danielle Braithwaite-Shirley, ‘Digging for Black Trans Lives’, ‘By Any Means’.
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Danielle Braithwaite-Shirley, ‘Digging for Black Trans Lives’, ‘By Any Means’.

By Any Means is a group exhibition curated by former V.O artist in residence, Gray Wielebinski. Considering an expanded and contextualised exploration of revenge, the show includes newly commissioned pieces by Dala Nasser and Zadie Xa, alongside work by Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers), Sunil Gupta and Gray Wielebinski. By Any Means acknowledges that revenge - how it is achieved and narrativised - is deeply rooted and inextricable from social, political and historical contexts, and the power structures that shape them.

Download the press release here.

Gray Wielebinski (b. 1991 Dallas, TX, USA) received a BA from Pomona College, Claremont CA, USA in 2014 before completing an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK in 2018. He lives and works in London and LA. In Wielebinski’s expansive practice, which incorporates video, performance, collage, installation and sculpture, he explores the intersections of mythology, identity, gender, nationhood and memory. Reconfiguring and transforming iconography and visual codes, their work seeks to navigate society’s frameworks and belief systems. Engaging directly with the contexts in which we live, Wielebinski reveals how narratives reflect and shape our identities. His work opens up the possibilities for a more inclusive storytelling, by reimagining dominant societal mythology. Recent exhibitions include Two Snakes, a solo show at 12.26 Gallery in Dallas, Texas (2020), Our Ashes Make Great Fertilizer at Public Gallery, London, (2020) Repurposed Textiles at Krefelder Kunstverein in Krefeld, DE (2020) and at Frieze London with Hales Gallery, London, where he currently has a solo show.

Screening Programme

Gray Wielebinski and curator/writer, Cairo Clarke, have programmed a series of film screenings that will be shown in tandem with the exhibition. These will take place in the fifth floor project space at V.O Curations on 24 and 31 July, and 7 and 14 August.

The conception of a screening programme nods to the legacy of the underground and adult film cultures in the neighbouring London area of Soho, allowing for the thinking through of opacity as a tool to maintain the existence of spaces and communities that are constantly being pushed out and destroyed by institutional, commercial and capital-orientated power structures, whilst also recognising the danger of opacity when used by those structures themselves.

Schedule

Saturday 24 July

Welcome II the Terrordome by Ngozi Onwurah

Running time, 98 min

1pm | 4pm

Saturday 31 July

Terror Nullius by Soda Jerk

Running time, 54 min

1pm | 4pm

Saturday 7 August

Metamorphosis, Episode 3: Emergence

Produced by The Institute of Queer Ecology, commissioned by DIS

Running time, 15 min

Film will run on loop throughout the day

Saturday 14 August

Duilian by Wu Tsang

Running time, 26 min

1pm | 4pm

Screenings must be pre-booked, please visit the booking page for each date for more information.