James Ostrer: Johnny Just Came




In this exhibition, James Ostrer, who is known for his politically challenging works, unpacks his own relationship to racism, greed, self-loathing, and the cultural context from which they come from. Through large-scale installation, video and his signature semi-permanent sculpture, the artist elucidates a colonialist, consumerist, and misogynistic interplay played out by white male dysfunction on a global and personal level. Ostrer believes that as someone in a privileged position, he should question himself directly, both as a white person, and as a male, because both are identifiers of a dominant position in a global society that encourages conflict. He says, “My current interest lies around trying to convert the narcissistic tendencies of an artist’s need for attention into a wider dialogue that reverberates across the social power constructs that bind us all”.

The exhibition takes its title from the urban slang for an African who has recently arrived in a Euro-American megalopolis such as London, Johnny Just Come, or JJC. In this instance the artist is reversing the power dynamics of that well-worn postcolonial route by placing himself in the position of Johnny, the newbie in town and an alien experiencing a culture for the first time – based on his own experience of visiting Lagos, Nigeria.

The exhibition is a collaboration with pre-eminent African curator Azu Nwagbogu and Gazelli Art House.

Duration 07 June 2018 - 22 July 2018
Times MON-FRI 10:00 – 18:00 SATURDAY 11:00 – 19:00
Cost Free
Venue Gazelli Art House
Address 30 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NN
Contact 020 7491 8816 / info@gazelliarthouse.com / www.gazelliarthouse.com/uk

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