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Mahmoud Bakhshi: The Unity of Time and Place

The Unity of Time and Place, Detail 8

Mahmoud Bakhshi's exhibition addresses the violence of Iran's 1979 revolution, and as the title, ‘The Unity of Time and Place’, suggests, the past inhabits the present too. Review by Henry Broome

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IMT Gallery, 2, 210 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9NQ

you were high when I was doomed

Installation view, you were high when I was doomed, IMT Gallery

The walls of the gallery have been spray painted to resemble some kind of toxic sky, with poisonous greens and billowing hues of black and purple. It creates a trail of changing colours like some kind of Romantic painter’s nightmare, through to its charred end. Review by Theo Turpin

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Rodeo, 123 Charing Cross Road London WC2H 0EW, UK

Condo: Haris Epaminonda

Installation view, Haris Epaminonda, VOL.XIX, Rodeo, London, 2016.

For VOL. XX, the nineteenth edition of 'Volumes', Haris Epaminonda uses disparate material from her collection of pottery, books and historical objects.

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Tensta Konsthall, Taxingegränd 10, Box 4001, 163 04 SPÅNGA, Sweden

Trevor Paglen: Autonomy Cube

Trevor Paglen, ‘Autonomy Cube’ 2014. Installation view,Tentsa Konsthall, 2017.

Trevor Paglen's 'Autonomy Cube' is made in collaboration with digital civil liberties activist, computer security researcher, and artist Jacob Appelbaum, and provides a secure Wi-Fi network to gallery visitors. Creating a network through "onion routing" the work makes users’ precise information virtually untraceable.

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Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Stadhouderslaan 41, 2517 HV Den Haag, Netherlands

Rinus Van de Velde

Rinus Van de Velde, installation view at  Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, 2016

Stepping into Rinus Van de Velde’s installation situates one in an outsized and totally absorbing graphic novel. His large and powerful charcoal on paper drawings tell of life at an artists’ colony led by the idiosyncratic, manipulative and fictional sculptor Isaac Weiss, just the latest in a string of stand-ins Van de Velde employs in his work. Review by John Gayer.

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Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP

Lubaina Himid: Invisible Strategies

Lubaina Himid: Invisible Strategies, installation view at Modern Art Oxford, 2017

Opening the day following the inauguration of President Trump, Lubaina Himid’s exhibition at Modern Art Oxford comes at a significant moment. Yet it must be remembered that as an artist, curator and self-described ‘political strategist,’ Himid has worked tirelessly throughout her practice over the last 30 years to highlight the implicit and systemic racial exclusion within British art institutions and society.

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Emalin, Unit 4 Huntingdon Estate, Bethnal Green Rd, Shoreditch E1 6JU

Condo: Emalin hosting Galerie Gregor Staiger

Installation View, Condo: Emalin hosting Galerie Gregor Staiger

Carolina Mostert responds to a group exhibition at Emalin, as part of the multi-sited project 'Condo'. She finds a series of curious forms layered with myth, history and a variety of technologies.

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Pilar Corrias Gallery, 54 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8EF

Charles Avery: The People and Things of Onomatopoeia: Part 2

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Recent political developments in the UK have naturally left the issue of an island mentality very present in people’s minds. Avery has described his protagonists as philosophically engaged rationalists but with such clear contrast between the Island’s urban and rural life, you wonder how long before the Islanders might have a revolution. Review by Tessa Norton

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Passen-gers, Brunswick Centre, London

Evy Jokhova: Towering in the condition of fragments

Installation view, l-r: Totem VIII, 2017, plaster, steel, cement, polystyrene, stone effect; Slabs on Stone II, 2016, carved stone, linoleum, oil paint, stone effect, timber; Slabs on Stone I, 2016; Totem I, 2016

Evy Jokhova’s exhibition consists of a mix of sculptures and installations that generate questions about nature and artifice, crafted and found objects, and subjective and objective states. Stacked in formations that resemble cairns, the works explore the social and historical dimensions of stone, linoleum, paint and fur. Review by Anya Smirnova

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Commonwealth & Council, 3006 W 7th St #220 Los Angeles CA 90005

Danielle Dean: a shoe, a phone, a castle

Danielle Dean: a shoe, a phone, a castle, installation view at Commonwealth & Council, 2017

In her solo exhibition at Commonwealth & Council, Danielle Dean draws from Gold Coast trade history, YouTube self-branding, and Nike product reviews to examine media's role in upholding oppressive ideologies, revealing the pervasive thread of violence in history. From the press release.

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