Brent Biennial 2022: In the House of my Love

In the House of my Love, Brent Biennial 2022, 8 July – 11 September 2022. Illustration by Mohammed Zaahidur Rahman, 2022.

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In the House of my Love

8 July - 11 September 2022

"Brent has reimagined that international monster, the art biennial, as a simple expression of ongoing commitment to creative engagement." –– Hettie Judah, The Guardian

The second edition of the Brent Biennial, In the House of my Love, brings together artists and community groups whose works explore the many meanings of homemaking. The Biennial asks how, and why, the act of making home can be a form of resistance and survival within the context of hostile environments—including those of racism, homophobia, ableism, climate catastrophe and political austerity.

Drawing its title from a line in poet Ezra Green’s A Poem to the Nationalist Marcher (For the Queer People of Warsaw), In the House of my Love understands ideas of home and belonging to take many shapes—whether as feelings, as relations between people, or as experiences of bodies and places. The Brent Biennial 2022 takes place in three cluster locations in the south of the borough ––Kilburn, Willesden and Harlesden–– and presents 12 artists’ projects, sited in 10 different venues and public spaces, open and free for audiences to visit throughout the summer months.

Led by Eliel Jones, Curator, in close collaboration with a curatorial committee consisting of artists Adam Farah, Jamila Prowse and Abbas Zahedi, the Brent Biennial 2022 pays homage to the many histories and legacies of migration that have made Brent both the second most ethnically diverse borough in London, and a local authority with one of the highest numbers of first-generation migrants in the country.

It has been ten years since the implementation of the Hostile Environment policy in the UK. This damaging set of legislative and administrative measures primarily affects migrant and non-white communities, and is closely connected to increasingly nationalist, xenophobic and racist political and cultural agendas in Britain. Throughout its modern history, the various migrant communities that make up Brent have built infrastructures of care through developing grassroots services and crisis response networks, pioneering activist and union movements, and standing up for change in the borough and beyond.

The art practices shaping this year’s Biennial all explore various approaches towards homemaking built within friendship, chosen families, love and collaboration. Attending to the dialogues they generate, In the House of my Love will help us to collectively consider what makes Brent both a place where people feel like they belong, and where care and solidarity between different communities is nurtured through sharing experiences of unbelonging. These ideas of home appear throughout the programmes and exhibitions of the Biennial in many forms—whether through a song, a memory, a bedroom, a youth group, a church, a friend or a poem.

In the House of my Love seeks to honour the long-standing systems of support, safety and hospitality that are currently present in Brent, revisiting other systems that are close to the borough’s past and working together to visualise and conceive ways forward. Inaddition to the 12 artists’ project, three additional community-led commissions - with Asian Women’s Resource Centre, SUFRA Foodbank and Kitchen and Young Roots – will extend beyond the exhibition dates and enter the longterm life of Metroland Cultures.

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Bringing the Biennial Home by Eliel Jones

CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS & PROJECTS

ARWA ABURAWA AND TURAB SHAH

Filmmakers Arwa Aburawa and Turab Shah, founders of the Brent-based project Other Cinemas, present a newly commissioned film, 'I Carry it With Me Everywhere', at Design Works in Harlesden.

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RASHEED ARAEEN

Long based in Brent, Rasheed Araeen’s practice has been devoted to reassessing and rewriting histories. Through his artistic work and prolific writing over six decades, Araeen has developed insight into means of making and ways of thinking within a shifting colonial context.

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ALEX BACZYNSKI-JENKINS

Artist and choreographer Alex Baczynski-Jenkins presents a new iteration of his ongoing film work, 'You are a guest now', at the Arches, Kilburn.

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REBECCA BELLANTONI

Visit Metroland Studios in Kilburn for Artist Rebecca Bellantoni's second chapter of her ongoing trilogy project 'C.R.Y: Concrete Regenerative Yearnings. Comprising' and 'You have any peace for me?'.

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ED WEBB-INGALL

'Growing Up B[r]ent' is a radio play by artist and filmmaker Ed Webb-Ingall produced in close collaboration with Mosaic LGBT+ Young Persons’ Trust, as part of a series of four community-led commissions. Find the installation at the Library at Willesden Green.

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LINETT KAMALA

'Disya Dancehall' is an installation by artist Linett Kamala at 2c Maygrove Road in Kilburn, that considers the place and the uses of Jamaican dancehall culture in creating and facilitating opportunities for enjoyment and celebration.

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MAHMOUD KHALED

The 'Proposal for a House Museum of an Unknown Crying Man', Khaled's installation at Metroland Studios in Kilburn, begins with a video tour of the house as it was installed at the villa of ARK Kültür cultural space in Istanbul, before giving way to the bedroom of the 'Unknown Crying Man'.

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ZINZI MINOTT

Fi Dem is a durational work, a continued investigation into Blackness and diaspora and the title of the first video in a body of work that artist Zinzi Minott has made annually on the anniversary of the Empire Windrush docking in the UK, on 22 June 1948.

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SHENECE ORETHA

Shenece Oretha invites you to join a choir, a congregation, a classroom and a celebration at the Tin Tabernacle, a church made out of corrugated metal that was erected in Kilburn in the mid-nineteenth century.

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KATARZYNA PERLAK

In a multidisciplinary display of archival methodologies, Katarzyna Perlak invites conversations to form between queer and Catholic aesthetics, and folk practices.

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MOHAMMED ZAAHIDUR RAHMAN

Artist, illustrator and zine-maker Mohammed Zaahidur Rahman’s commissioned series of paintings, titled 'Unfurnished', is both a visual folk history and a dreamscape of migrants making homes in Britain.

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Sarah Rose

Sarah Rose presents a new commission comprising a multi-channel sound installation in Roundwood Park’s disused bowling green.

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SADIA PINEDA HAMEED

Artist Sadia Pineda Hameed presents four billboard artworks as part of her commissions, featuring interconnected conversations that bring together moments of recognition and rupture between languages, cultures and generations.

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JORELL BONNICK

Brent-based ActionSpace artist Jorell Bonnick presents a new billboard commission in partnership with BuildHollywood and Studio Voltaire.

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THEO WHITE

Artist, Art Director and Fashion Stylist Theo White presents The Dolls, two newly-commissioned portraits installed on high-street billboards in partnership with BuildHollywood and Studio Voltaire.

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KAMILE OFOEME

Artist Kamile Ofoeme has produced a series of new text and image works, to be presented across four billboards in Brent and Clapham.

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ACTION SPACE

ActionSpace, London’s leading development agency for artists with learning disabilities, presents an exhibition of work by artists from their Brent studio in Barham Park. Visit the exhibition at The Kiln Theatre, Kilburn between 22 July – 13 August only!

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HARLESDEN HIGH STREET

Harlesden High Street presents Dub Inna Babylon, a group exhibition reflecting on the cultural and aesthetic legacies of music in Harlesden.

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