'Divided Selves: Legacies, Memories, Belonging' Group Show at Herbert Gallery & Museum

Pleased to be part of this show in 2023 with a work that was acquired by the British Council.


Divided Selves: Legacies, Memories, Belonging
18 Feb - 24 Sept 2023


Running from 18 February until 24 September 2023, Divided Selves: Legacies, Memories, Belonging will be the Herbert’s first new exhibition to open next year, curated by Hammad Nasar with Rosie Addenbrooke and Alice Swatton.


The exhibition explores ideas of community, belonging and togetherness through the work of 26 different artists, duos and collectives. Held at a time where the politics of identity has been weaponised for political gain, and divisiveness is rewarded in likes, followers and votes, it presents the work of artists exploring how we:


  • Make peace with difficult histories and traumatic pasts without being paralysed by them
  • Listen to and amplify voices that are often ignored or suppressed
  • Work as citizens of a state, and members of a community, to shape a common future


With many of the works drawn from both the British Council Collection and the Herbert’s own Peace and Reconciliation collection, Divided Selves also points to the development of the new National Collections Centre in Coventry. This major project will see the city’s former IKEA building transformed into a new home for collections managed by the British Council, the Arts Council and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.


The exhibition is also being developed in collaboration with Coventry Cathedral, known internationally for its peace and reconciliation, which began following the destruction of the old cathedral during World War II. By creating a dialogue between artists and collecting and civic institutions, the exhibition attempts to reimagine co-ownership of public collections and cultural narratives.


Megalopolis (study), 2020
Financial newspaper, archival inkjet, acrylic and sand on canvas
80 x 100 x 4 cm
31 1/2 x 39 1/2 x 1 1/2 in

Gordon Cheung's Megalopolis (study) (2019), a depiction of the future city of Jing-Jin-Ji in sand relief. Jing-Jin-Ji is a megalopolis that the Chinese government plan on creating via the consolidation of the neighbouring cities of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, with a combined population of 100-120 million, in an area larger than Britain, connected by integrated networks of high-speed transport and technological interfaces. The One Belt One Road trade map appears as a constellation in the sky, whilst a “nail house” stands in the foreground, evoking resistance to the continuously expanding power of economic interests.


Iftikhar Dadi and Nalani Malani
Rene Matic
Larry Achiampong
Goshka Macuga
Fiona Banner
Mona Hatoum
Sofia Karim
Jane and Louise Wilson
Gordon Cheung
Hetain Patel
Aziz Hazara
Bani Andi


Learn more here.

January 9, 2023