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Opening: ‘the face of you, my substitute for love’ – Adam Farah-Saad & Elvis Universe

Thursday 4th April

Metroland Studios
91 Kilburn Square
(Enter via Kilburn Market)

The gallery is wheelchair accessible with step-free access. There are wheelchair accessible toilets. Please note that while the show is open to all, some artworks do contain depictions of nudity and adult themes.

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Join us at Metroland Studios on the 4th of April for the opening of our latest exhibition!

Artwork and photo by Adam Farah-Saad

Featuring new and existing artworks by Metroland Studios artist and Frieze Focus Stand Prize 2023 recipient, Adam Farah-Saad, alongside collaborator Elvis Universe.

‘the face of you, my substitute for love’, involves new artworks by both artists, and ‘remixes’ of previous works that were shown by Adam in Public Gallery’s Focus Prize-winning Frieze London 2023 stand. It is the first exhibition to feature works by Elvis Universe.

Adam Farah-Saad, ALL ABOUT SURVIVAL (THE A406 ORBITAL CLASS MIX), 2023, 5 Disc Lift Systems CD listening rower, billboard print – Image courtesy of the artist and Public Gallery, London.

Adam uses familiar objects like archive boxes and bus station benches, bringing them together like theatre props. Moving through the space he invites us to witness a narrative of loss. This could be the loss of connection, of control, of innocence, of love, or all of these combined. Elvis’s drawings and poems are raw and immediate expressions that stay with us, resonating long after we’ve encountered them.

Come along to the opening night from 6-8pm on the 4th of April to get the first look at this exciting new work, and meet the artists themselves.

Please note that while the show is open to all, some artworks do contain depictions of nudity and adult themes.

The exhibition will remain open at Metroland Studios until the 14th of April. Opening times as follows:

Fri 5: 10-5pm.

Sat 6: 10-5pm.

Sun 7: CLOSED.

Mon 8: CLOSED or by appointment.

Tues 9: 10-5pm.

Weds 10: 10-5pm.

Thurs 11: 10-5pm.

Fri 12: 10-5pm.

Sat 13: 10-5pm.

Sun 14: CLOSED or by appointment

About the Artists

Adam Farah-Saad, photo by Jess Hand.

Adam Farah-Saad

Adam Farah-Saad lives and works in London. Farah-Saad – also known as free.yard – uses a range of media and cultural references to evoke coming-of-age memories tied to a sense of place and time, to relationships, love and loss. A graduate from Camberwell College of Arts, London, in 2014, recent solo exhibitions include at Public Gallery, London, UK (2023); Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2021); and South London Gallery, London, UK (2018). In 2022 he was on the Curatorial Committee of the Brent Biennale. He is the recipient of the Focus Stand Prize 2023 at Frieze London, the 2021 LOEWE FOUNDATION / Studio Voltaire Award, and the South London Gallery Postgraduate Residency Award (2017).

Elvis Universe

Elvis Universe is an artist, poet, activist, mental health advocate, amateur philosopher and self-proclaimed gangster of love. His work includes contributions to Arcadia Missa’s HOW TO SLEEP FASTER ISSUE 14: Mental Health And Art in Crisis (2024).

Exhibition Curator

Christy Eóin O’Beirne

Curator, producer and writer whose work interrogates and re-articulates notions of
diaspora through the lens of fragmentation, land, shibboleth, mourning and decay. As Assistant Curator at Metroland Cultures, Christy produced the final commission of the 2022 Brent Biennial, Sean Roy Parker’s With Us All. In 2023, he was selected for the 17th Edition of the Young Curators Residency Programme at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

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