Jean-David Nkot & Mohamed Said Chair 'Disarticulations'

15 January - 05 March
2019

Disarticulations is an exhibition that examines the way in which people are distanced, separated and estranged from their world in contemporary society. The two artists exhibited both use the human form to contextualise how the individual is at once part of, and simultaneously counterposed with their lived environment. Jean-David Nkot demonstrates this by juxtaposing his figures against a cartographical background, showing that the unique and holistic life of a human being is often at odds with the way that governments and corporate power attempt to aggregate and de-individualize our lived experience. Mohamed Said Chair portrays various human stereotypes, tropes and ideals - all with their heads (quite literally) "in a box" - perhaps indicating our own desire for anonymity whilst also implying that we, no matter how unique we might be, are always turned into a commodity or packaged form.


Together these artists engage in a painterly conversation that demands from us a consideration of how we - as distinct persons - fit into a society that increasingly values conformity over uniqueness. We have literally become disarticulated from our surroundings, environment, cultures and most importantly, our fellow members of
humanity. The exhibition raises pertinent questions as we reflect on the global changes that have taken place in the first two decades of the millennium and as we head into an uncertain future.