Theaster Gates, detail of Sanctum, Temple Church, Bristol (2015). Photography © Max McClure

Originally published on The Vinyl Factory.

Featuring The Vinyl Factory Radio and a programme of talks, screenings, and live performances presented by Prada Mode.

Chicago artist Theaster GatesBlack Image Corporation installation will open in London as part of Prada Mode during Frieze week on October 2-3.

Presenting a new chapter of the project, Gates will connect the South Side of Chicago with London’s vibrant creative community to explore the visual and cultural representation of contemporary Black identity.

From the legacy of Ebony and Jet magazines to archival collections fusing art, music and everyday life, the Black Image Corporation installation aims to create a new space for people to gather, converse and reflect.

Set in the brutalist surrounds of 180 The Strand, the project is underpinned by Gates’ methodologies of urban renewal and community activation, which will inform the programme of performances, screenings and talks.

Image: Theaster Gates, film still from Public Notice, two-channel video, (2019). Image/ Chris Strong

Brought together under the title Collective Intimacy, in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory and The Showroom, the programme will include the launch of The Vinyl Factory Radio. This will feature DJs from across London’s musical scenes playing records from their collections, broadcasted live from the space between Wednesday, October 2 and Saturday, October 5, followed by three consecutive Saturdays – October 12, 19 and 26. These will be streamed live on The Vinyl Factory website.

Prada Mode will take place October 2-3, with Theaster Gates’ Black Image Corporation installation open to the public from October 4 until October 27 (Tuesday to Saturday 12-7pm, Sunday 12-6pm) at 180 The Strand. Entrance via 2 Surrey Street, WC2R 2ND.

The live programme of Collective Intimacy is open on October 4, 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 180 The Strand.

The Showroom is open on October 10 and 24, November 7 and 21, December 5 at 63 Penfold Street. Free entry (no tickets required).

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