Modern Art Oxford and Jericho Tavern present You and Whose Army?, an evening of artist performances which use experimental sound and musical subcultures as a point of departure to interrogate the socio-political and economic factors faced in Britain today.
Taking it’s title from the politically driven song by Oxford based band Radiohead (who played their first ever live performance at Jericho Tavern in 1986 under the then name ‘On A Friday’) each performance seeks to rally our collective conscious and question the factors contributing to the increasingly difficult relationships faced in British society today. Be it the ever widening distribution of wealth, controversial economic policies or the financial instability faced after the EU referendum, through to the rising cultural tension and racial discrimination being experienced on the streets of Britain, the reality facing Britain is one of palpable uncertainty and historic change.
Benedict Drew will use various instruments, electronics and syncs to produce a ritualistic experience that attempts again to bring an end to the Tory government and rock music.
Hardeep Pandhal will deliver a live reading of rap lyrics. Pandhal’s performance forms part of his continued practice exploring cultural identity in British society today.
Jumana Hokan will use selected personal sound recordings from the streets of the Middle East to performatively address her dual identity, Syrian and British, and the perception and lived experience within a multicultural society.
Jeremy Pritchard (Everything Everything) has curated a specially selected playlist in response to the themes of the evening, which will be playing throughout the night. The playlist will also be available through Modern Art Oxford’s Spotify profile.
‘In response to themes of the event I began to think about fragmentation, disconnection, isolation and alienation, Certain tracks immediately presented themselves, both sonically and conceptually. Simultaneously, this collection also acknowledges the need for relief and escape from these very things that music can and should provide, as much as it can and should provide a commentary.’
– Jeremy Pritchard
Please note that this event is 18+. It will take place at Jericho Tavern, 56 Walton St, Oxford, OX2 6AE.
Benedict Drew (b. 1977, Australia) lives and works in Whitstable and Margate, UK. He holds a BA in Fine Arts from Middlesex University and a MFA from Slade School of Fine Art. He recently had solo-exhibitions at Whitechapel Gallery, London (2017); Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry (2016); Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2016) and Art on the Underground, London (2015) and has participated in numerous group exhibitions, among others the British Art Show 8 (UK Tour - Leeds, Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton) (2015-2016); Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2015), Jerwood Space, London (2015); Baltic 39, Newcastle (2014); Adelaide International 2014, Adelaide (2014), and Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2013). He is represented by Matt’s Gallery, London.
Hardeep Pandhal (b. 1985, Birmingham) lives and works in Glasgow, and graduated in 2013 with an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art. The production methods Pandhal adopts and the broader historical influences in his work are directed towards creating provocative viewing experiences that blur the categories of social realism and psychedelia. Recent solo shows include Self-Loathing Flashmob, Kelvin Hall (part of Glasgow International 2018); Liar Hydrant, Cubitt, London (2018); and Hobson-Jobson, Collective Edinburgh (2015). Recent groups shows include Jarman Award Show, UK Tour (2018, upcoming); Songs for Sabotage, New Museum Triennial, New York (2018); Nothing Happens, Twice: Artists Explore Absurdity, Harris Museum, Preston (2016); and The Vanished Reality, Modern Art Oxford (2016).
Jumana Hokan (b. 1990) is a Syrian/British artist who lives and works in Oxfordshire. She graduated in 2013 with an MA in Contemporary Art from Oxford Brookes University Oxford. Her practice involves creating varied interdisciplinary interventions that present narratives, which may question, challenge and explore the psychological and cultural impact of diasporas in communities and the fragile relationships between heritage, cultural and geographical identities, gender empowerment and the development of new generations in societies. Recent group exhibitions include Camberwell Arts Festival, London (2015); 'Eyes of the Skin’, Clup Alpha Galerie, Vienna, Austria (2015); 'Colours of Resilience’, The French Institute, Amman, Jordan (2014); and ‘Paint Outside the Lines’, Tour et Taxis, Brussels, Belgium (2014)