21/09/2022 - 15/01/2023
Lines of Dissent, Dzifa Benson and the Genealogy of the Richmond Borough Art Collection
Multidisciplinary artist Dzifa Benson’s new exhibition was initially motivated by the lack of work made by women in the Richmond Borough Art Collection. Using this as a starting point, Dzifa reveals untold stories and overlooked people hidden in the archive.
Dzifa, collaborating with Beatrice McDermott who leads the Programming Team at Orleans House Gallery, presents pieces from the collection as a strand of Richmond DNA. Much like the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? Dzifa invites contemporary artists from the worlds of poetry, theatre and music to investigate this group of artworks in order to expose their invisible inheritances and legacies. As Dzifa’s interrogation of the collection unfolds, the exhibition also uncovers encounters of all kinds including colonisation, love, resilience, migration, trade and architecture.
We want the Richmond Borough Art Collection to reflect the lives of people living in Richmond today, mapping out a shared sense of identity and place. Addressing who and what have been excluded from the collection exposes past injustices and present inequalities thereby ensuring that its future is more inclusive.
Twickenham Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3DJ