This is a piece that I did in collaboration with Ruddy Mabikana for the '&' exhibition hosted by Wales' leading contemporary gallery, Oriel Mostyn.
The exhibition was from November 2015 - May2016
The show explored the concept of collaboration, from a Moschino Coca Cola can to a piece where the artist sent disposable cameras to pen pals in America and the photos taken were displayed in the space.
The Concept Behind The Piece:
The piece is a visual representation of two individuals coming together in order to serve a common goal. Also to question the significance of flags/national identity.
How We Met?
Ruddy is originally from Congo and moved to Manchester at a fairly young age.He is currently in university studying architecture.
I first met Ruddy in the Tate Modern when we were both visiting to attend a Circulate meeting (Tate Circuit Program). At the event we got chatting about a common interest (trainers) and been friends ever since. After this encounter we starting meeting up in his home town (city) Manchester regularly. We spent our time exploring the Whitworth Gallery and the racks of Selfridges. Throughout these meetings we decided that it would be a great idea to start a clothing brand together. So this piece is a visual representation of someone from Wales and someone from Congo coming together to create a common aesthetic. This piece is the beginning of an exciting collaboration.
For more information about the piece and exhibition go to mostyn.org and feel free to get intouch.
Interesting fact: On the same day I wrote this blog in 2004 The famous NHL 'Lockout' started. The NHL(National Hockey League) announced the cancellation of the 2004/2005 season. It was the first time a major North American sports league cancelled an entire season due to labor issues (player payment). A total of 1230 games were cancelled but thankfully an agreement was made on July13th 2005 and the lockout officially ended 9 days later.