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Chorus in Rememory of Flight

Installation view Barbican Art Gallery  14 September 2023 – 11 February 2024 © Eva Herzog / Barbican Art Gallery

Poet, artist and filmmaker Julianknxx explores themes of inheritance, loss and belonging as he crosses the boundaries between written word, music and visual art.

Sierra Leonian artist Julianknxx uses his personal history as a prism to deconstruct dominant perspectives on African art, history, and culture. Rich with symbolism, his work conveys the Black experience of defining and redefining the self, rejecting labels to form new collective narratives.

Offering song and music as forms of resistance, the exhibition invokes new understandings of what it means to be caught between, and to be of, multiple places. Choirs and musicians from cities across Europe give voice to a single refrain: ‘We are what’s left of us’, transforming the Curve into a collaborative space of communication. As the philosopher Édouard Glissant has written: ‘you can change with the Other while being yourself, you are not one, you are multiple, and you are yourself.’

Chorus in Rememory of Flight has been co-commissioned by the Barbican and WePresent by WeTransfer in partnership with Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and with support from De Singel. Our thanks go to LuxTechnical, Little Greene and 180 Studios for their generous in-kind support.


‘Transcendent and poignant.‘
Evening Standard
‘Reflective, almost meditative.‘
The Guardian
‘Poignant, moving, direct.‘

Julianknxx: Sonic Lecture

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