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02/12/2022 - 19/03/2023

Contemporary - Mixed Medium


Gallery 31: Babeworld x utopian_realism, Michael & Chiyan Ho, and Tarek Lakhrissi - The Voices of a Tempest

Daily: 10-6pm

An exhibition for Somerset House Studios’ Gallery 31, programmed by exploratory producing platform A---Z (Anne Duffau), featuring works from Babeworld x utopian_realism, Michael & Chiyan Ho, and Tarek Lakhrissi.

Artist and poet Tarek Lakhrissi’s utopian short film Out of The Blue turns the sci-fi alien invasion trope on its head to empower the Queer community, where the minority becomes the new ruler of Earth. In Empty Orchestra, multi-disciplinary duo Michael and Chiyan Ho reappropriate a music video of Paula Tsui (a Cantopop singer from Hong Kong) to address censorship via an eerie, blurry karaoke-style version of the video in which the viewer is invited to partake in the sing-along poem.

Newly commissioned for Gallery 31, Babeworld x utopian_realism’s analogue short film, soundscape and ‘bloody’ installation Derby Day is a violent investigation into the art world with a critical eye on intersectionality; defying and reclaiming this space whilst also conjuring a threshold into new potentials.


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