Art in January.

I tend to hibernate in freezing degree weather as I wasn't made for the winter, so gallery visits were a bit light, but anywho, here's January's roundup:

The Eye of Modern Mali

The Eye of Modern Mali is a photography exhibition featuring the works of late Malian photographer, Malick Sidibé. Photographs date from the 50's and 60's, capturing the lives and culture of Mali around the time of the country's independence.
The accompanying soundtrack (curated by Rita Ray and available on Spotify) fits perfectly with the energy and excitement expressed in the faces of Sidibé's partying subjects.

The exhibition is at Somerset House until 26th February and is free to attend, so there's no harm in checking it out.

Barbican Centre

I made a few trips this month to the Barbican centre for work and it's a great venue. There's always something going on and I'm looking forward to Basquiat: Boom for Real in September!

Young People in The Arts

I wrote a post for Young People in The Arts Blog about apprenticeships and why they're as important as degrees from a former apprentices point of view. It's my first guest post and whether you agree or not, do give it a read!

Five on Brexit Island - Enid Blyton

This was my Secret Santa gift, but I chose not to read it over the holiday period as I wanted to enjoy it and I thought this would surely dampen my Christmas spirit.
It's a quick, one hour read and I surprisingly enjoyed it. It provides some light-hearted humour on a not-so light-hearted subject. Though cheerier than the title suggests, it's also a painful reminder that Brexit is real.

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Written by Herself - Harriet Jacobs

This had been on my Kindle for a while but I never got round to reading it. Once I did, I couldn't put it down. It's a powerful true story about a young black woman's horrific experience as a slave in the 1800's and her fight for freedom.
What with the current events, it felt like a right time to read it.
Whilst I'm not trying to compare the level of suffering occurred during that point in history, it's still very relevant today and can never and will never be forgotten. We're not progressing as much as the deluded believe; we're taking steps back and it's scary. In short, this is a must read.

In other art news, I got a new tattoo in December (it does count right?) and will be my next post :)

Have you seen any exhibitions/shows/art-y things this month?

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