Exhigone returned to the Notting Hill Arts Club for another artistic sunday full of creativity, great music and positive vibes. We had more artists than ever before, amazing DJs animating the night including special guest Harry Love, and lots of exhigoners and curious people that came to discover new talents and enjoy their night!
Time to think or time to see?
For our 5th edition, we asked all our artists to work on the theme “Reflection”. Some interpreted it as a symetrical view in a paddle or in a mirror, while other took it more as some thoughts on themselves or our society. The double meaning of this concept brought an amazing diversity to the show, demonstrating once again that the inspiration of our talented participants has absolutely no limit.
As soon as you walked in, you entered our “reflection world”. You could read a sign saying “Time to reflect” while seeing yourself in it. The floor was covered with reflective paper to highlight that reflection has no boundary. Five of our regular artists were given a mirror before the event with the instructions of putting their thought and expression on display. Rio Yukawa and Manuela Batas presented black ad white photography of people, lights and street views, Denise Mangaram painted a surrealist clock surrounded by wild animals, and Kayleigh Finch produced a collage including a moon and a imaginative character. Hosein Rad, using emulsion paint, stamped a picture of himself shaving in a mirror.
Reflection in photography, painting, poetry and cookies!
Wandering around the bar room, you could contemplate some inspired and meditative pictures. Antolin Leria created an installation of colored shots displayed in wood boxes, and Shaun Hodge exhibited portraits of women including a warrior in deep thoughts. Rio Yukawa chose to show four black and white photographs of various street paddles and street lights. Nit Victorio brought a creation that gathered several sequences of black and white photography of herself. The end of the wall welcomed the work of photographer Hosein Rad, a mix between black and white pictures and Arabian calligraphy. Hosein also put on sell women’s underwear displaying some of his calligraphy.
On the opposite wall, you could admire a beautiful dragonfly surrounded by flowers, painted by Mike Cox. You could also appreciate some thoughts on paper, reading the work of our poets: Leila Mae, Reggie Greaves, Hanna Gordon. Nabil Janmohamed, Anil Chopra and Shak Jay.
Around the bar was displayed the work of Manuela Batas that gave to the public her understanding of our theme through dreamlike photography with a surrealist twist. The team of 5aDays offered their healthy and delicious cookies to the crowd. As they said, “What you eat is reflected in your appearance….Reflection as contemplation…. aided by munching in a fruit filled cookie.”
The music room gathered the work of various painters, including Tom Davies who exhibited a self portrait as reflection of himself, and another piece featuring bankers fighting in the street as reflection on our society. Dean Middleton displayed a nude painting of a women lost in her thoughts as well as two portraits. Denise Mangaram also chose to present a self portrait where she listens to music and refltects, two figures walking in the rain with a tree reflected in the paddle, and an etching story book showing her reflections on nature and various figures. Kayleigh Finch exhibited collages of three girls putting on their lipstick as if they were looking in a mirror. Jermaine Mac painted portraits of Bob Marley, Mickael Jackson and Notorious.
Reflection through live art
Jermaine Mac opened the way to the live art painting a reflection of his son through his own eyes. Graffiti artist Rust followed by expressing his talent on a wood board. Denise Mangaram drew indian inspired patterns with henna on backs, arms and hands of different exhigoners. A video of Rebecca Corn was projected on the stage, showing her process of creation for one of her painting where she throws beautiful colors on a canvas. She explained that this work represented her reflection on peace. Finally Louise and Laura took the stage later in the evening for a street dance performance that brought them loads of clapping from the audience!
On the music side, DJ Speedy opened the night with a chilled out Supa Fine Session. He was followed by DJ What who mixed ska, reggae, dancehall and dub. Then DJ Citizen K and DJ Mort took place behind the decks spinning from jazz and soul to hip hop. Special guest Harry Love closed our artistic sunday with an amazing hip hop set that made all the exhigoners dance until the end of the night!
Exhigone was once again a gathering of incredible talents and interesting people, as well as impressive live art and great music. It was an inspired and creative night that we shared with you all and enjoyed so much.
Thanks to all the artists that took part in this edition and everyone that helped putting up the show.
We can not wait for the next one!
Check out all the pics of the event below…