Project Description

Exhibition dates: 9 – 22 March
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11am-7pm
Location: 4th Floor, Whiteleys Shopping Centre, Queensway, London W2 4YN

Adventitious Encounters installation view
Co-curated by Huma Kabakci & Anna Skladmann
Courtesy of Open Space Contemporary
Photo Credit: Fenella Mett

Artists: Volkan Aslan, Augustine Carr, Alex Flick, Mustafa Hulusi, Soojin Kang, Radhika Khimji, Anton
Lapov, Joshua Leon, Kate McMillan, Sarah Meyohas, Suzanne Moxhay, Goia Mujalli, Alexandre Mussard,
Samuel Padfield, Paloma Proudfoot, Anna Skladmann, Magda Skupinska, Himali Singh Soin, Sigrid Viir,
Chloe Wise

Curated by: Huma Kabakci and Anna Skladmann

Collaborations: Block Universe and Conservatory Archives
With sponsorship from: Bermondsey Tonic Water, Doluca Wines, Jensen’s Gin, Meyer Bergman,
TPI Sound, Warrior Capital


A programme of events will accompany the exhibition, featuring performances by Joshua Leon and Himali Singh Soin, a curatorial discussion with artists and brunch led by Huma Kabakci, a conversation between Anna Skladmann and daffodil expert Johnny Walker, and a site-specific radio walk by current Delfina resident Anton Lapov.

Open Space Contemporary presents Adventitious Encounters , a group exhibition with 20 internationally acclaimed, emerging and established contemporary artists. Co-curated by Huma Kabakci and Anna Skladmann, the exhibition is held on the sky-roof of the historic Whiteleys Shopping Centre, a space rarely open to the public.

Adventitious Encounters explores the interwoven processes of human production and consumption in response to nature as an object of desire; a nature of which we are an intrinsic part. Yet ‘nature’ is no longer pristine; we are now living through the Anthropocene, a time when human activity has begun contributing tofailing ecosystems, rising sea-levels and climatic change. In turn, these negative effects are driving mass human migration; as a species, we are forced to re-think historical assumptions and the ways in which we register these dramatic changes, which are not only affecting the whole of humanity, but all existing planetary life.

The exhibition proposes to map out our dependence on nature through an extended sensory means that art and technology provide. Today, technology allows us to perceive hidden environmental process. Consequently, humanity is able to soberly survey the situation, which notably marks the gap between the role of the human being as an observing subject and as an observed object. As a result, we now have vast power at our disposal to explore this relationship and recreate nature according to our own desires. Scents, colours, textures and emotions elicited through art allow for the aesthetic reinterpretation of nature, consequently revealing our own entanglement with it. Adventitious Encounters looks into the novel production of sensual desire and the re-combination of material reality.


See press release HERE

For more information about programme of events please contact: [email protected]