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spacer Press Release: The Street - Nedko Solakov
30 March - 18 May / Preview opening, 30 March 2-4pm
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22 May - 13 July / Preview opening, 22 May 6.30 – 9pm
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July 2008
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spacer Press Release: The Street - Nedko Solakov
January 2008
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  Whitechapel Gallery Takes Art to the Street in Major New Project

Wentworth Street (home to Petticoat Lane market) will become the site for a major new programme of artist’s commissions conceived by the Whitechapel Gallery. The Street, supported by JPMorgan through the JPMorgan Art of Learning programme and The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, will be launched in March 2008.

The Whitechapel is specially commissioning artists and writers from all over the world to create art within Wentworth Street in East London. Seven artists in total will develop projects between March 2008 – April 2009. Artists include Minerva Cuevas, General Public Agency, Jens Haaning, Henry VIII’s Wives, Bernd Krauss, Lars Bang Larsen, Shimbabuku and Nedko Solakov and Canal.

The first commissioned artist, launching the project on 30 March 2008 is Bulgarian artist Nedko Solakov whose work ranges from an ironic reflection on his own role in the business of art, to playful and absurd responses to political realities, with a recurrent interest in the relationship between an individual and the society around them.

Two writers - Lars Bang Larson and General Public Agency - will explore the project, its broader implications and parallel historic and contemporary initiatives. Artists and curators collective Canal are working throughout the year on a series of events for The Street.

The commissioned artists will develop seven week-long projects to be realised in forms ranging from events to exhibitions between March 2008 – April 2009. Artists will navigate the social context of The Street through public interventions, events, installations, performances and many will be sited in the project headquarrters – a former hat shop on adjacent Toynbee Street. The final artist’s commission for The Street will be on show at the Whitechapel Gallery as its major expansion opens in Spring 2009.

Wentworth Street is a snapshot of London as a whole – running from the financial heart of the City of London in the West, and extending into the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in the East, which is one of the youngest and most diverse boroughs in the UK. It is home to Petticoat Lane Market; The Princess Alice Pub; two housing estates; textile shops; the philanthropic charity Toynbee Hall founded in 1884; a community centre; a take away; The Sonali Bank (UK) Ltd; a former convent; and a diverse range of workers and residents.

This landmark project forms part of the Community programme at the Whitechapel. Historically the Gallery’s Community programme agenda was philanthropic, and then more recently driven by social policies. The Street now aims to explore the possibilities and limitation of art in a social context. PTO

Marijke Steedman, Curator – Community Programmes, Whitechapel, said; ‘This project directly challenges some of the conventions of community-based art practice. It re-asserts the role of the artist in the landscape of cultural policy and unpicks definitive notions of ‘community’. We are hopeful that the project will cut though demographic stereotyping and create a climate for dynamic debate and discussion. This is an important development for the Whitechapel Gallery which since 1901 has pioneered ways exploring the relationship between art and its audiences.’

Carol Lake, Head of Philanthropy, Sponsorship and Diversity, JPMorgan said ‘JPMorgan is committed to developing innovative partnerships that encourage vibrant communities. We are pleased to support The Street as it will provide an opportunity for community groups to come together to create works of art integrated within the activities of everyday community life’.

Notes for Editors

• Nedko Solakov was born in 1957 in Bulgaria and now lives and works in Sophia. Previous shows include Documenta 2007, 2nd Moscow Biennale 2007 and ‘Utopia Station’ at the World Social Forum, Porto Alegre, Brazil. www.nedkosolakov.net
• Lars Bang Larsen is an independent writer and curator based in Copenhagen and Frankfurt. He writes for art publications Afterall, Frieze and Artforum International and is currently completing a Ph.D. in art history at the University of Copenhagen on the subject of the international dissemination of psychedelic art and culture of the 1960s. He has co-curated exhibitions including Pyramids of Mars (Barbican Art Gallery, 2000), The Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds (Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain, 2005) and Populism (Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and other venues 2005).
• General Public Agency is a consultancy delivering research and practice within the public realm. with public and private sector clients. Recent projects have included the Regeneration and Public Realm Strategies for Aldgate, East London, for Exemplar Properties; Public Realm Strategy for Kings Cross Central for Argent plc; and, Arts Council England 60th Anniversary Programme. Recent published work includes Design and Landscape for People; New Approaches to Renewal written by GPA directors Clare Cumberlidge and Lucy Musgrave (Thames and Hudson); a feasibility study for Slides in the Public Realm for Carsten Holler and Tate; and, a co-publication with SteidlMack of Society by Bridget Smith, a portrait of London documenting the headquarters of London’s clubs and societies.
• The Whitechapel is entering the most exciting phase in its 100-year history: an ambitious £10million expansion. By incorporating the former library building, the Gallery will double in size. Due to open in Spring 2009 the expanded Whitechapel will offer beautiful new galleries, exciting art commissions, access to historic archives, education resources and inspiring art courses. During the construction phase the Whitechapel continues its programme of exhibitions, live music, poetry, talks and film.
• The Street is organised by Marijke Steedman, Curator – Community Programmes, Whitechapel. Marijke Steedman is available for press interviews.
• The Street is generously supported by The JPMorgan Foundation and The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous.

For further press information please contact
Rachel Mapplebeck
T: + 44 (0)20 7522 7880
M: 07811 456806
E: RachelMapplebeck@whitechapel.org


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