disCONNECT: Urban Art Takeover in London
By virtue of innate curiosity and expression, artists, especially street artists, are on the frontlines in addressing public issues, and the urban art "takeover" opening July 24th in a London townhouse, is a great example of creative energy. Launched by new London/Hong Kong contemporary art platform Schoeni Projects, the inaugural exhibition disCONNECT is a component of their bigger strategy to present two initiatives each year – with an outlook from "West-to-East" and "East-to-West."
Aimed at "promoting and celebrating cross-cultural exchange through an innovative series of collaborations, presented in unique creative environments," disCONNECT transforms the entire Victorian building with new site-specific works from ten urban artists working across seven countries. There’s great solidarity in recognizing many Juxtapoz regulars participating in this call to action, from Vhils' delicately carved doors and windows, to Icy and Sot's clever social critique, to Zoer's labyrinthine sculptural illusion. The presentation will be open online through Matterport software and by appointment through summer. Check out the many works and interventions included in the immersive installation and some exclusive sneak peeks in the full, saucy lineup of Adam Neate (UK); Aida Wilde (Iran); Alex Fakso (Italy); Mr.Cenz (UK); David Bray (UK) Herakut (Germany); Icy and Sot (Iran); Isaac Cordal (Spain); Vhils (Portugal); ZOER (Italy)
Opening during the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibition has adapted to adhere to lockdown restrictions and also reflect on the creative and physical constraints of the current global crisis. The bookings to visit disCONNECT are now available on Schoeni Projects website (https://schoeniprojects.com/tickets/), with hourly slots starting from 11am to 5pm, with a maximum of 8 people per slot. —Sasha Bogojev
Photos by Nick Smith and Ian Cox (Herakut and Isaac Cordal)