Mint Art Gallery in collaboration with the Mango Shack restaurant & bar is launching a new programme of art exhibitions with Amanda Holiday’s “THE HUM OF HISTORY continues”. Artist and filmmaker Amanda Holiday was born in Sierra Leone and came to live in the UK at the age of 5. Active in the black political art arena, Holiday exhibited in landmark shows such as The Image Employed at Manchester’s Cornerhouse and the touring show Plotting the Course. The Hum of History is an on-going series of large-scale works on paper that thread together varied social narratives. This exhibition presents new work including a site-specific piece created especially for the Mango Shack.
Holiday explains that the idea behind the Hum (as in ‘kyo’ or the sound or vibration that connects us all to everything in the universe) was to create an epic, fluid story series that would go on and on – a narrative of the world that makes more sense as it continues with an emphasis on the visceral, the prescient and the transitory. Her own experiences, work, love, migration, fairy tales, domestic life and politics all feed into the work. The journeying of the insider and the outsider creates circular fictions of longing, belonging and un-belonging.
“What I most want to do with my work is to tell stories and continually question the authenticity of what we are about,” says Amanda Holiday.
MintARTS in collaboration with the Mango Shack/Mango Room is establishing two new exhibition spaces in North London. The objective is to present art in a pleasurable space that allows artists to reach a wider audience within a relaxed but dynamic ambiance – a synthesis of art and food.
“We want to create a sensual and sensory experience so that people can enjoy two of the greatest pleasures in life – eating and art. At Mint Art Gallery, art not only complements the menu but is in fact the crucial ingredient. Our art provides the talking point that shapes a delightful meal. In this way we encourage people to buy art and re-create the experience at home,” says MintARTS director, Flora Teh-Morris.
The Mango Room has a long-standing reputation as a premiere upmarket Caribbean restaurant in Camden North London. It recently opened a new area on the first-floor in addition to the three dining spaces on the ground floor. The first-floor space will serve as Mint Art Gallery I and will operate solely as an art gallery during the day, opening up as a dining area in the evenings. This dual purpose brings a wider audience to the artists and encourages the appreciation of art in a different capacity and point of view than from a traditional art gallery. The restaurant has also opened a sister restaurant, Mango Shack, down the road which will operate as Mint Art Gallery II.
3 May – 14 July 2013 Mint art Gallery 47 Camden Road London