Gold Maria Akanbi returns to OUTPUT gallery for a solo exhibition, after having previously exhibited as part of last year’s group show OUTPUT OPEN 2.
The exhibition is free and runs from 3 – 27 September, 11am – 5pm. You can register here.
Akanbi is a neurodiverse British-Nigerian multidisciplinary artist. She works from a foundation of intersectionality.
Her work mainly focuses on Afro-futurism, Traditional African spirituality, and The Black Body and the physical land it is indigenous to. Her practice also considers neurodiversity and the neurological perception of reality, as well as sensory-stimulation and sensory overload.
For this exhibition at OUTPUT gallery, there will be an abstract installation of drawing and painting based off of her thinking around these subjects. She writes, ‘Art has kept me alive in the sense that it has enabled me to focus on the many intersections of my life, many of which have been used against me’.
Art has essentially allowed me to guide myself out of trauma and to navigate my mind towards a healthier landscape. A current recurring theme, much like in this exhibition, is the idea of being on a journey, which is why the larger blue works focus so heavily on the idea of finding an Oasis.’
Note about COVID-19:
They do not have an evening exhibition opening in order to reduce social contact, and they know that most visitors to the gallery come alone or in small groups and they would ask that this continue. Please wear a mask if you are visiting or purchase one from Total Recall Vintage – the shop at the front of the space.
As some of their usual audience members will still be shielding, they will be releasing a podcast series of interviews with solo exhibitors that discusses their exhibition and wider art practice. They hope this will help you engage with the work from a distance.
The front door is heavy and there is a bell to request access. Then, there are 4 steps to get up to the space which has a small vintage shop at the front and a gallery in the back. Someone will be at the shop desk in the front if you need their attention or assistance 11am-6pm every day.
OUTPUT is no longer wheelchair accessible and they are currently working to change this as soon as possible.
Read the full venue access guide here.