The Notting Hill Arts Club opened its doors to Exhigone last Sunday. As a pioneer venue mixing art exhibitions and live music for over 12 years in West London, it was the perfect place for us to become bigger. Exhigone came back with more artists, more music sets and an inspired athmosphere.
The night was a cultural experience as we aspire it to be. It is all about what you see, what you hear, who you meet and how all these interactions open your eyes on things. It is an artistic journey, an adventure that is not to be missed. Exhigone is like a brainstorm of ideas, an effervescent melting pot created by all the artists and the Exhigoners.
Based arount the theme of Third Culture, after the name of TerraOne new album, the show presented an eclectic mix of young talents inspired by this sociologial concept. Third culture implies that an individual shares different cultural heritage and this person is the reflection of this mixed background.
As painter Mike Cox explained, “Culture is a curious thing: it can be powerful, yet transitory, oppressive yet unifying in equal measure. Consciously we have a clear picture of our identity in our minds, but we shouldn’t forget how the culture of our parents is forged into our subconscious also…..even if we have not experienced it first hand”.
For others like Fine artist Rebecca Corn, Third Culture is more of a “dialogue with humanity and existence (…) and the relationship we have with each other and our environment”, while photograph Kelly Mc Aree sees it as “inbetween”. Her work shows “something of [her] inbetween space – [her] presence in a cultural world [she] do[es] not wholly belong to”.
Each artist presented their own interpretation of what it means to them, through photographies, paintings and illustrations, The exhibition featured both landscapes and portraits photographies by Hosein Rad, Rio Yukawa, Manuela Batas, Nit Victorio, Sophie Mardani, Amam Singh, Sonia Sharma, Philip Redin and Kelly Mc Aree. Others artists like Rebecca Corn, Dean Rene Middleton, Mike Cox, Leon Mitchison, Kayleigh Finch, Denise Mangaram and Tom Davies exhibited paintings and illustrations. Poetry from Shak Jay and Anil Chopra was also on display, and Map Apple Clothing enlightened the walls with their T-shirts.
Live art performances were brought to us by Denise Mangaram and Kayleigh Finch that demonstrated their talent in paint and collage. Meanwhile, DJ Speedy, DJ Citizen K, DJ What and Life Online Productions entertained the crowd. Hosein Rad also created an in house live photobooth that was asbolutely fantastic!
The second part of the night was all about live music. Luca Fiore showed his talented guitar skills and was followed by the beautiful voice of Chloe Giacometti for an acoustic set with guitar and saxophone. The powerful voice of Shelly Ravid enchanted the room next, before the acoustic set of Studio Shops Jam, featuring Rorkid, Culprit Cash, Cathal O’ Luanaigh and Luca Fiore. Retrospective for Love absolutely rocked it and left the stage for TerraOne, who set the room on fire presenting his last album Third Culture with Rorkid.
Have a look at the pictures of the event !
Watch out for the next show: 13/10/13 @ The Notting Hill Arts Club with special guest DJ Harry Love!
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