17/03/2023 - 22/04/2023

Contemporary - Painting

Andrea Medjesi - Look, I have brought them back..

Wed-Sat: 11-6pm

The title of the exhibition is borrowed from the book “The General of the Dead Army” by the Albanian writer Ismail Kadare. It provides a psychological setting and a historic link to the Balkans that trigger content for the new body of paintings by Andrea Medjesi.

The atmospheres marked by different seasons move alongside fictitious and allegorical encounters between human and animal forms, described through different formal and compositional devices and split between portraitures and landscapes. The spectral figures and scenes emerge along the journey, marking Medjesi’s ongoing interest in metamorphosis, resurrection and reincarnation. The accent is placed on the light as a form of apparition and a manifestation of seasonal and emotional changes.

Medjesi was born and raised in the former Yugoslavia. She moved to the UK prior to the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s. Her practice occupies a space that sits between two geographical and ideological axis (that of the East and the West) that overlap but equally impose their own traditions and histories. Her practice is an attempt to reconcile these temporalities as a regenerating source for fiction, personal memories and future narratives.


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