Vestry St – Cross Lane Projects presents:

SALON FOR A SPECULATIVE FUTURE: HOW TO BE IN THE FUTURE?

AIDEEN BARRY – QUILLA CONSTANCE – LISA CHANG LEE – KATE FAHEY – YOUNG IN HONG – EVY JOKHOVA – HUMA MULJI
– KOUSHNA NAVABI – MONIKA OECHSLER – REBECCA SCOTT – JO STOCKHAM
11 May to 9 June 2024

Opening Preview: Friday 10 May, 6-9pm

Gallery is open on Thursday – Saturday, 12-5pm
Free Entry

Lisa Chang Lee: Western Dream 4, still taken from film Western Dream, 2017 – 2018.

Kate Fahey: To Put Things In, 2023, copper, letterpress on card. Excerpt from Ursula K Le Guin’s The Carrier Bag of Theory Fiction.

Monika Oechsler: Sometimes Everything is Forever 2.

Aideen Barry: Hair & Hand V, 2022, digital hand-signed print, Hahnemühle Fine Art Photorag Paper, 29 x 36cm, edition of 25.

Jo Stockham: Venus Steps Out, 2023, digital print, large format edition of 50.

Young In Hong: Signalling, 2022, yarn, various strings, upholstery fabric, wooden frame, 50 x 51.5 x 3.5cm.

How to be in the Future? remains a pertinent question for our times and for the group of international artists from diverse cultures and backgrounds exhibiting here. Postulating hope for a better future Rebecca Solnit (in an article in the Guardian, 2016): wrote “Hope is an embrace of the unknown”. Living in times of unprecedented change, uncertainty, she says, has “the power to influence the future”. Taking inspiration from the ‘future thinking’ of speculative fiction and looking at a wide range of fields from science and technology to spiritual, ecological and socio-economic issues, the exhibition highlights multiplicities and the complex interplay at work in global dynamics. The works, individually and collectively, draw on associations from different  subjectivities and contested /histories facilitating a space for contemplation and the discussion of positive futures.

About the artists

Aideen Barry
Based in Ireland, Aideen Barry’s art practice encompasses a range of disciplines and subjects, including domestic labour, environmental changes, classism, intersectionality, and human vulnerability. Her means of expression are interchangeable, incorporating performance, sculpture, film, text and experimental film. Her work is in private ownership and public museum collections globally.  She is a member of Aosdána and the Royal Hibernian Academy. Barry often engages with the instances of cognitive dissonance, questioning an idea of phenomenology and resulting in situations of the uncomfortably strange and slapstick bizarre. Feminist meditations the monstrous are a McGuffin to the artists preoccupation with issues around gender and othering. The intersection of these issues are often worked out through the initial idea being drawn or storyboarded for later explorations with moving images.

Evy Jokhova
Evy Jokhova is a British/Estonian artist currently based between Lisbon and Tallinn. A graduate of MA Fine Art, Royal College of Art and MA Political Communications, Goldsmiths College, Jokhova is the recipient of numerous awards including Arts Council England Grants, Royal Academy Schools Fellowship, Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award, Wien Kultur Förderung & Amsterdam Fonds voor Kultur Grant. Residencies include Belvedere Museum Vienna (AT), Yarat Contemporary Art Space (AZ), Villa Lena (IT) and Nida Art Colony, (LT). Solo projects and commissions include: Galeria Municipal (Almada 2023); KUMU Art Museum (Tallinn 2023); 3+1 Arte Contemporanea (Lisbon 2022); House of Histories at the Lithuanian National Museum (Vilnius 2022); Latvian National Museum (Riga 2020); Galeria Foco (Lisbon 2019); Lily Brooke, (London 2018); l’etrangere, (London 2018); The Shape of Ritual, commissioned by Belvedere Museum (Vienna 2017). Since 2014 the artist has run Allotment – a collaborative research project that explores social relationships and cultural politics through food.

Huma Mulji
Huma Mulji works across media, largely with sculptural installation, photography, and collage. Drawing on the city and its collective memory, within a backdrop of economic globalisation, state power and fragmented histories, she activates the dysfunctional, the sorrowful, the futile and the funny. The sculptures stand as inconvenient witnesses to time and place, critically exploring material & form in her deliberately awkward works. Mulji has an abiding interest in examining the specificity of place, amplifying a perpetual discomfort and scepticism from the perspective of both observer and participant.

Jo Stockham
Jo Stockham is an artist based at Chisenhale Studios in London, who works with a wide range of media, exploring ways in which images, spaces and materials act as meeting places enabling conversations about difficult subjects such as loss, uncertainty, and longing. She often explores histories of sites, materials and images and the stories which surround their production. Informed by an interest in technologies of (re)production including print and their extension into the virtual world she tracks the way images are viral, constantly moving and shifting meanings as they change form and context. She is interested in time, history and the particular ways in which technology creates the means and metaphors with which we communicate. Jo Stockham is currently Professor of Print in the School of Arts and Humanities, Royal College of Art, London.

Kate Fahey
Kate Fahey is an artist based between Kilkenny, Ireland and London, UK working with sound, sculpture, moving image, print and installation. Recent solo exhibitions include neutral to earth at Detroit Stockholm in 2023, Mouthnotes at Pallas Projects Dublin in 2022 and blubbing at Commonage London in 2021. Recent group exhibitions include Bodies of Water at CCA Andratx, Mallorca (2023), Small Sculptures at Sharp Projects Copenhagen (2023), Em-bracing at The Lab Gallery Dublin (2022), Living Balance at The Library Project Dublin (2022), Woman in the Machine at Visual Carlow (2021) and Gut Feeling, Arti et Amiticiae Amsterdam (2021). She received an MA in Fine Art Print at the Royal College of Art, London in 2015 and in 2020 completed a practice-based PhD at the University of the Arts London. She is a lecturer in Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University and Falmouth University.

Koushna Navabi

Koushna Navabi, an American-British artist born in Iran and based in London, graduated with an MA in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths’ University. Navabi’s practice centres on textiles, employing “feminine” techniques infused with an irony that challenges societal codes and cultural myths. Her work explores vulnerability and sexual desire within the intricate interplay of socio-political and economic forces, disrupting conventional notions of Orientalism and gender identity. Navabi has exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally, including collateral exhibitions with the Venice Biennale in 2019 and most recently in 2024 with the Cité des Arts and Alserkal Initiatives show “When Solidarity is not a Metaphor”.  In 2022, she initiated and led a campaign for the Woman Life Freedom revolution in collaboration with art institutions in the UK and Europe.


Lisa Chang Lee
Lisa Chang Lee is a London and Beijing-based artist and lecturer. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the Central Academy of Fine Art Beijing in 2010, she obtained an MA in Print from the Royal College of Art in London in 2014. She is now an Associate Lecturer at the Royal College of Art Photography and a Visiting Lecturer of MA Art and Science at Central Saint Martins, UAL. Lee lives and works in London and Beijing. Associate Lecturer, MA Photography, Royal College of Art. Visiting Lecturer, MA Art and Science, Central Saint Martins School of Art, UAL. Panel curator of International Printmaking Triennial of China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China. Associate Lecturer at the Royal College of Art (UK), Sichuan Fine Art Institute (China). Academic Director,  Infinite Duplication- International Lecture Series at Sichuan Fine Art Institute (China).

Monika Oechsler
Monika Oechsler is a German artist living and working in London and Berlin. She studied at Goldsmiths College, University of London, has a PhD in Media Art from the University of the Creative Arts and Brighton University and is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She leads a cross-media platform titled Salon for a Speculative Future which she inaugurated in celebration of Women History Month in March 2019. She has exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally most notably, at Tate Modern London and Tate Liverpool, MOMA, New York, ZKM Museum for Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, NGBK, Berlin, Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Landesgalerie Linz, Steirischer Herbst, Landesmuseum, Graz, Kunstverein Bregenz, Sharjah International Biennal, UAE, Artissima, Turin, Kunsthalle Budapest, Kunsthalle Bergen, AVE Arnhem, Yokohama Triennale, Japan and Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki. Her work is in public and private collections.

Quilla Constance
Jennifer Allen, known professionally as Quilla Constance, (abbreviated to QC) is a British Interdisciplinary Artist, Lecturer and TV Personality. QC graduated from The Ruskin School of Art, St John’s College, University of Oxford, with a BA in Fine Art (First Class) and completed her MFA in Visual Arts (Distinction) at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She also studied classical acting at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, IDTA Freestyle Disco, and Latin American Dancing at Jane Rose School of Dance – as well as Classical Cello.

Rebecca Scott
Born in 1960 in Cumbria, Rebecca Scott gained a BA in Fine Art (Painting) from Chelsea School of Art, and an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, London. Scott has work in private and public collections nationally and internationally, and has exhibited in London, Cumbria, Spain, France, Germany, Sweden, and Norway. In 2019, she was a finalist for Cumbria Life’s Visual Artist of the Year award. She currently lives and works between London and Cumbria, and is Co-Founder of Cross Lane Projects, an independent art space in Kendal.

Young in Hong
Born in Seoul, Young In Hong lives and works in Bristol, working across installation, sound, performance, textile and drawing. Her practice often focuses on undervalued cultural practices and seeks for a sense of equality that gently undermines ruling hierarchies. In recent years, Hong has increasingly examined notions of inter-species communication, symbolism and the hybridity of sound, movement, and objects in the context of other-than-human voices. Recent solo exhibitions include work at Spike Island, Bristol (2024); Kunsthal Extra City, Antwerp (2023); Exeter Phoenix (2018); the Korean Cultural Centre, London (2017); and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2015). Hong’s performances have been presented at Seoul Museum of Art (2022); the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (2019); Arnolfini, Bristol (2019); Spike Island, Bristol (2017); Block Universe, London (2017) and the 10th Gwangju Biennale (2014). In 2019, Hong was shortlisted for the Korea Artist Prize.

All works copyright the artists.