Hannah Black at Chisenhale Gallery, London

Hannah Black, Some Context (2017). Commissioned and produced by Chisenhale Gallery.


Chisenhale Gallery presents a new commission and the first solo exhibition in a UK institution by Hannah Black.  

Some Context is structured around 20,000 copies of The Situation, a book made up of transcribed, edited and censored conversations between the artist and friends about ‘the situation’. This theme is interpreted differently in each conversation. The books provide the stuffing – in shredded form – for the ‘transitional objects’ also displayed in the space, and will be shredded at the end of the exhibition.

In this new body of work Black continues to develop her enquiry into the production of, and the gaps between, practices and theories of subjectivity and collectivity. Some Context gestures towards the various potential uses of art’s uselessness – as comfort, as worship, as text and as archive.

As part of the commissioning process, a programme of events has been devised in collaboration with Hannah Black. This includes a series of conversations in which participants have been invited to discuss a situation of their choice.

Hannah Black (born 1981, Manchester) lives and works in New York. Most recently, Black’s installation, performance and moving image works have explored the co-dependency of credit, debt and guilt, the use of analogy in biology, and the tension between biomedical and political understandings of trauma. Her works fuse dissonant materials through formal similarities: a drawn-out note in a song becomes the cry of a falling person, or the corporality of bodybuilders is conflated and contrasted with the speculative nature of finance capital as embodied in vacant luxury apartment buildings.

Chisenhale Gallery – 64 Chisenhale Road London E3 5QZ
15 September – 10 December 2017
Opening: Thursday 14 September 2017, 6.30 – 8.30pm