Islands curated by The Russian Club: Mania Akbari & Douglas White, Phil Coy & Frances Scott, Golden Family

15 March - 2 May 2018

We are pleased to announce a group exhibition, Islands, curated by The Russian Club for Annely Juda Fine Art. The exhibition will be on the third floor and will run from 15th March – 2nd May 2018. In 1993 Annely Juda Fine Art organised the exhibition Partners, a selection of works by artists who, either through marriage or otherwise, were considered partners in their personal rather than professional lives. The exhibition, including paintings and sculptures by (among others): Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth;  Kenneth and Mary Martin;  Alexander Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova, gave an insight into the possible influences these relationships had on each of the artists. In the catalogue essay Mel Gooding writes of the complexities of “…interrelations and interconnections, dependencies and independencies, trusts and betrayals…”

The exhibition Islands takes this premise as its starting-point in considering a selection of contemporary artists whose methods have become intertwined with that of their partners. Although, like the original presentation, this should not be considered a survey show, Islands would appear to suggest a possible shift in attitudes and circumstances from the artists in the earlier exhibition. Driven perhaps in-part by social, political and economic factors, the current emphasis on collaboration and obscuring of roles, even identities allows for an interesting comparison to previous generations and times.


Each of the three artist-pairings in the Islands exhibition demonstrate differing approaches to collaborating, from theongoing ‘A Moon For My Father’ by White and Akbari, structured around an exchange of film ‘letters’ between the two artists, to Matt Golden and Natsue Ikeda, who as Golden Family blur authorship within their art practice at large, and in their development of a fictional nomadic musician character further blur distinctions between storytelling and real-life. While Phil Coy and Frances Scott generally author their own work within distinct practices, the processes are often inherently collaborative, as in the case of their films shown in this exhibition: ‘as far as I know’ (2015, Coy) and ‘CANWEYE { }’(2016, Scott).


Mania Akbari (b. 1974 Tehran) is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, artist, writer, and actress. Her provocative, revolutionary and radical films were recently the subject of retrospectives at Nottingham Contemporary (2018) BFI, London (2013), the DFI, Denmark (2014), Oldenburg International Film Festival, Germany (2014) and Cyprus Film Festival (2014). Akbari was exiled from Iran in 2012 and currently lives and works in London.


Douglas White (b. 1977 Guildford) is a sculptor known for his evocative use of found objects and materials. White graduated from the Ruskin School of Art (2000) and Royal College of Art (2005), and has exhibited throughout the UK, Europe, the US and South America. He has held solo exhibitions at galleries including Galerie Valerie Bach (Brussels) Galerie Gabriel Rolt (Amsterdam), MCA (Malta) and Paradise Row (London). Recent group exhibitions include ‘Iconoclasts: Art Outside the Mainstream’ at Saatchi Gallery (London).


Phil Coy’s (b. 1971 Gloucester) practice collages concepts rooted in the radical art and literature of the 20th century, with the languages and architectures of contemporary global commerce. Forthcoming and recent exhibitions and screenings include: South London Gallery (2018); Royal Observatory Greenwich (2018); York Museum and Art Gallery (2018-19); FACT (2017); Ferens Art Gallery and Hull Maritime Museum (2016); Wilkinson Gallery (2016); 58th and 59th BFI London Film Festivals (2014 and 2015). His recent light poem, your right to continued existence (2016) is permanently installed on the Caledonian Road, London.


Frances Scott’s (b. 1981 Barrow-in-Furness) work considers material that exists around the periphery of the cinematic production and its apparatus, proposing that a film might be composed of its metonymic fragments. Recent exhibitions include: Peninsula Arts (2018); Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2017); Focal Point Gallery (2016); and Whitechapel Gallery (2015). Frances was recipient of the inaugural Stuart Croft Foundation Moving Image Award (2017).