Social States, 2012. Installation view.

Dates: 15 March – 20 May 2012
Times: Wednesday – Sunday, 11:00 – 16:00
Location: Pump House Gallery

Delfina Foundation, in partnership with Pump House Gallery and The Creative India Foundation host an exhibition of new works by resident artists Baptist Coelho and Nadia Kaabi-Linke entitled Social States.

Baptist Coelho (Mumbai, India) and Nadia Kaabi-Linke (born in Tunisia, lives and works in Berlin) were awarded 12 week residencies at Delfina Foundation in partnership with The Creative India Foundation. During their stay they were invited to respond to the environment surrounding the Pump House Gallery and to explore its social and physical landscape through engaging with the people in the local borough of Wandsworth. This research served as the starting point for new work presented as part of this exhibition.

During their residencies, Coelho and Kaabi-Linke investigated how we communicate individual and historic experiences of social conflict. The resulting sculptures and installations were developed through close personal encounters with individual participants. Coelho’s work engaged in our perception of the military and events specific to World War II, whilst Kaabi-Linke explored the marks and scars of domestic abuse.

Social States reflected the depth of engagement and exploration in the practices of these two international artists during their residencies. Their contemporary and international approach to social engagement continues to develop and translate complex scenarios and historical events, as well as transforming private and personal perceptions of society.

Social States was curated in collaboration with George Unsworth.


Arts Council England and Sula Wines