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Spring 2019

Opposite: Anya Gallaccio, All the rest is silence, John Hansard Gallery, 2019 Photo: Steve Shrimpton

Contents 2 Spring 2019 exhibitions 15 Workshops 16 Talks 17 Special events 18 Projects 19 Engagement exhibitions 22 What’s next 24 Quick guide

Welcome Welcome to the Spring 2019 programme for John Hansard Gallery, part of the University of Southampton. You are invited to join us for our new series of free exhibitions, events and workshops. Through our programme we aim to reveal the rich diversity of contemporary art. We are excited to introduce our upcoming programme that includes three solo exhibitions and new John Hansard Gallery commissions by artists Stefan Gec and Anya Lewin, alongside a film collaboration from Esther Teichmann and Monster Chetwynd. The season will also launch our new Community Takeover project, as well as announcing a range of partnerships across the city. Learning is at the heart of everything John Hansard Gallery does. This programme offers a wide range of talks, discussions and special events for all ages, abilities, and levels of experience, and all free entry. We look forward to welcoming you to the Gallery over the coming months. Further information on all exhibitions and events can be found at 1

Stefan Gec The Shepherd’s Whistle

Stefan Gec, M-72 Soviet army motorcycle, 2018. Courtesy the artist

16 February – 27 April Gallery 1



The Shepherd’s Whistle is a newly commissioned project by Stefan Gec that centres on the artist’s fascination with a series of top-secret maps, created by Soviet intelligence during the Cold War. These maps, along with the Gec’s restoration of an M-72 Soviet army motorbike and sidecar from 1957 are at the centre of this new body of work. Riding his M-72 motorbike and navigating using the Soviet maps, Gec made a number of journeys from his hometown in Huddersfield to Derry-Londonderry, Blyth, Greenock, Barrow-in-Furness and Southampton (the final stop being the original offices of Ordnance Survey). These cities were amongst those identified by the Soviets as having strategic importance, and Gec worked with the artist/filmmaker Lee Hassall to document each journey using an 8mm Soviet cine camera. Drawing on his Ukrainian heritage and family history, Gec has brought together a poignant and thought provoking collection of works that investigate ideas relating to the Cold War, Chernobyl, cartography, migration, immigration and identity. The Shepherd’s Whistle has been commissioned by John Hansard Gallery in partnership with Locus+ and is supported by Arts Council England.



Maps created by Soviet General Staff

Anya Lewin More than Stories: A Film Trilogy

Anya Lewin, Fez: The Royal Scent, film still, 2019

16 February – 4 May Gallery 2, 3 and Barker-Mill Gallery



More than Stories is a trilogy of films inspired by Anya Lewin’s family photographs and stories, and their interconnections with screen history and public archives. Each film has at its heart the haunted memories of Jewish life embedded in a particular story passed down to Lewin by her father. Fez: The Royal Scent (2019) has been made specifically for this exhibition and will be presented alongside With Heartfelt Gratitude for the Painless Treatment (2008) and Chez Paulette on the Sunset Strip (2013). Fez: The Royal Scent completes Lewin’s trilogy of installations that will be shown here together for the first time. These films take place in three different cities that Lewin’s family inhabited during their wanderings: Cairo, Berlin, and Los Angeles. Each of the films was shot within built sets that recreate the locations central to each story: a perfume shop, a dental office, a coffee house. Aspects of these sets reach out from the films and appear in the gallery space so that the audience becomes part of an expanded frame. The production of Fez: The Royal Scent has been made possible through support from Arts Council England. Production and audio-visual exhibition services have been provided by Spike Film and Video at Spike Island.



Above: Anya Lewin, Chez Paulette on the Sunset Strip, film still, 2013. Courtesy the artist Opposite: Anya Lewin, With Heartfelt Gratitude Gratitude for the Painless Treatment, 2008. Courtesy the artist

16 February – 23 May Foyer



Esther Teichmann and Monster Chetwynd, Phantasie Fotostudio II, 2018. Courtesy the artists and Sadie Coles HQ

Esther Teichmann and Monster Chetwynd Phantasie Fotostudio II

Phantasie Fotostudio II is the most recent work made as part of the ongoing collaboration between artists Esther Teichmann and Monster Chetwynd. Since having first met at the Royal College of Art during their MA studies in 2004, the pair have been struck by the parallels in reference materials that their very distinct practices draw upon. Their practices also overlap in their adoption of tableaux vivantes and their use of theatrical backdrops and sets. Thus begun a dialogue and close friendship that has taken the form of making a joint body of work once a decade. Their previous collaboration Phantasie Fotostudio, The Esthacus Teichwynd Photos (fusing Spartacus Chetwynd and Esther Teichmann), was made and shown in Berlin in 2007. Utilising photography and collage, these works playfully draw on diverse references, from Walter Benjamin’s essay Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Man Ray and Lee Miller’s solarisations, to Brigitte Bardot as Roger Vadim’s muse, Brooke Shields in Blue Lagoon (1980, dir. Randal Kleiser), Satyricon, David Lynch, and Walkabout (1971, dir. Nicholas Roeg). The subjects within these works recall imagined icons, at once beautiful and grotesque, a Frankenstein of moments in modern cinema and culture, each work unique and distinctly archival in quality, as though found on the kind of cutting-room floor you might encounter in a dream. All the protagonists are part of the artists’ circle of friends, artists, curators, musicians in their own right, with the inclusion of family. 11


Phantasie Fotostudio II brings many of the same protagonists together again along with new collaborators in this Warholesque film montage of extended portraits. Punctuated by the repetition of a crying figure, the film becomes a narrative of gazes, dramatized further by the original string quartet score by Benji Jeffrey, artist, musician and composer, who is also one of the protagonists within the film. Directed by Esther Teichmann, all the subjects selected costumes from Monster Chetwynd’s extraordinary wardrobe, under her careful guidance, with contributions by artist and make-up enthusiast Paul Kindersley. This most recent collaboration features not only a new generation of artist protagonists alongside Teichmann’s and Chetwynd’s peers, but also their own children, both in front of and behind the camera.



Engagement activities

Workshops Space to Create! Every Saturday 12 – 4pm, Active Space

City Eye Film School City Eye Production Hub, Studio 144

Free, family friendly workshops for visitors to draw, make and build together.

Level 1 (7 – 11 years old) Monday 18 February 10am – 4pm

All welcome.

Level 2 (12 – 16 years old) Tuesday 19 February 10am – 4pm

Under 16’s must be accompanied at all times by a parent/guardian. Taking inspiration from the themes, materials and processes on show in the galleries, activities will explore maps and mapping, collaging found materials and mechanical drawings, building 3D structures, dressing up as playful characters, developing new stories from archives and creating and revealing secrets. For details of weekly workshops, please visit

This February half-term come and join City Eye to make your own film in a day. Film Schoolers can make a film of any genre or theme they choose, it’s up to you. Using professional filmmaking equipment, at Film School, you can develop camera and editing skills, make new friends and have a lot of filmmaking fun! As part of these film school workshops, you can also work towards a Discover Arts Award. Cost for each workshop is £30. Booking via


Engagement activities

Talks More Than Stories: Anya Lewin and the Parkes Institute Thursday 7 March 6 – 7pm, Gallery 3 Artist Anya Lewin will be joined by members of University of Southampton’s Parkes Institute, including Director Joachim Schloer, to explore the significant memories of Jewish life, which are at the heart of her three films.

Uncovering Soviet Maps Saturday 30 March 12 – 1pm Talk, Gallery 1 No booking required 1.30 – 4.30pm workshop (Screening Room) and city walk Free but spaces limited, bookable via Eventbrite. Refreshments provided. Join authors of The Red Atlas, Alexander Kent and John Davies, for a talk, workshop and walk around Southampton exploring


Engagement activities

the Soviet Union’s secret mapping of the UK in response to Stefan Gec’s exhibition in Gallery 1. Supported by ArtfulScribe as part of the SO:Write project and partners.

Developing The Shepherd’s Whistle: Stefan Gec in conversation Thursday 4 April 6 – 7pm, Gallery 1 Stefan Gec will discuss his work The Shepherd’s Whistle and the process of commissioning, developing, and producing the project with John Hansard Gallery Senior Curator, Ros Carter.

Special events Lantern Making Workshop Sunday 17 February 3 – 5pm, Foyer

Entropics 13 Thursday 28 March 7 – 9pm, Foyer

Make your own lantern and join the Southampton Lantern Festival Parade, celebrating the Chinese New Year. This event is in partnership with the Confucius Institute. A parade departs from Guildhall Square at 5pm.

The Centre For Modern and Contemporary Writing’s experimental poetry event, Entropics, returns with a double bill of contemporary poets; Sophie Robinson and Samuel Solomon. Supported by University of Southampton’s English Department.

International Women’s Day Saturday 9 March 3 – 8pm Showcasing local women artists, in partnership with Art Asia, to mark International Women’s Day 2019. The day will include a performance by dancer and artist Vidya Thirunarayan and Pooja Angra, as well as Art Asia Bollywood dance and singing group, conversations led by Dr Nazneen Ahmed, and a lantern making workshop in our Active Space. Please visit for details. 17

Engagement activities

Projects Storyteller in Residence Dr Nazneen Ahmed February to July Dr Nazneen Ahmed will be exploring how the construction of language and space affect visitor and staff experiences in the gallery, inviting staff and visitors to share their stories with her in conversation and workshops. She will be conducting creative workshops and community events designed to use the gallery spaces and artworks in different ways, with a focus on breaking down barriers and opening up spaces to communities who haven’t visited or taken part in gallery events before. Events as part of this residency will be added to once confirmed.


Engagement activities

Women’s Integration Group workshops with Suna Imre 28 February – 4 April Off-site Local Women’s Integration Group based at TUUVA will work with Hampshire based artist Suna Imre to explore clay, whilst also developing skills, confidence and friendships. The project will take place over six weeks, with the outcomes shared alongside activities for visitors to take part in during the Community Takeover in Gallery 1 during May, June, July. This project is in association with Winchester School of Art.

Engagement exhibitions Light, time, space: New Forest School photography exhibition February and March Mezzanine Young people from New Forest School have developed photographic works in response to our recent Edward Woodman photography exhibition. The outcomes of their project will be on display on our Mezzanine Gallery.

Upcoming Colourful Walkway Thank you to everyone who entered our Colourful Walkway competition. We have really enjoyed receiving your exciting designs. This Spring we will be judging the entries and developing the designs to be installed in the street outside the Gallery.


Engagement activities

Reside with Stair/Slide/Space August and September Gallery 3 Artist collective Stair/Slide/ Space will be transforming Gallery 3 into a reading room to house their archive exploring domestic spaces and labour in the home. Southampton City Archives, local community groups and gallery visitors will contribute to a collection that builds a picture of past and present ideas of ‘the domestic’. In developing more archive material, Stair/Slide/Space will question how and why we might document life now for the future.

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What’s next Resist: be modern (again) 25 May – 20 July Foyer, Mezzanine, Gallery 2, 3 and Barker-Mill Gallery Curated by Alice Maude-Roxby and Stefanie Siebold

Megan Francis Sullivan, Postcard, 2010

This exhibition looks back at revolutionary art, design, performative and written practices of the 1920s and 1930s. Through the lens of contemporary art and design practitioners, the importance and influence of these early avant-garde practices in the present are highlighted. Resist: be modern (again) focuses on

a selection of key female practitioners and showcases contributions by women of non-normative sexualities and other marginalised producers. The exhibition investigates connections that span continents and link a ‘lost generation’ of collaborative women in Paris with the Harlem Renaissance in the USA, to concepts of queerness in the Bloomsbury movement in the UK. These radical practitioners were responsible for highly innovative art, design and publishing that has been largely erased from the art historical canon.


What’s next

Community Takeover May to July Gallery 1 Through May, June, July we will be inviting different groups from the local Southampton community to use Gallery 1 in a variety of ways. Activities will include exhibitions, talks or practical making workshops for both targeted groups and general visitors. Partners include SAOS – The Southampton Association of Skateboarders, Women’s Integration Group, Voices in the Gallery led by Sarah Hayden and Art Asia’s Mela 2019.



Sean Lynch A Murmur, Repeated 20 July – 28 September Gallery 1 Artist Sean Lynch presents a new artwork, A Murmur, Repeated, bringing together his explorations of Southampton’s urban fabric and the ludic history of his native Ireland’s bardic culture. What would a poetic mind of medieval times make of shopping centres, ring roads, city regeneration and the heritage industry? Such subjects are explored with actors Gina Moxley and Timmy Creed in a variety of sites in and around Southampton, including Tudor House and Stonehenge.

Spring 2019 quick guide

Anya Lewin More than Stories: A Film Trilogy 16 February – 4 May Esther Teichmann and Monster Chetwynd Phantasie Fotostudio II 16 February – 23 May

Sean Lynch, A Murmur, Repeated, 2018. Video still. Courtesy Ronchini, London

Stefan Gec The Shepherd’s Whistle 16 February – 27 April

John Hansard Gallery 142 – 144 Above Bar Street Southampton SO14 7DU Opening Times Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 5pm Free Entry Train Southampton Central (10 min walk) Buses Unilink, Bluestar, First and City Red bus routes Nearest bus stops Above Bar Street, Commercial Road, New Road

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