in Frieze London , Videos | 14 OCT 21

Ashley Holmes: Frieze LIVE 2021

Watch Even Myself Knows That Too (Journal Dub) (2021), part of Frieze London's programme of performance curated by Languid Hands

in Frieze London , Videos | 14 OCT 21
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Even Myself Knows That Too (Journal Dub) is a reference to a line from the song ‘Bad to Worse’ released in 1978 by Burning Spear and is a continuation of Ashley Holmes’s current explorations into the language, sound, movement and foundations of Black musical tradition. An ode to his guiding voices, to ancestors, to the legacies of the Blues, of Reggae, Rocksteady and Dub through experiments in space and sound. The performance combines installation, moving image and DJing, navigating disparate but connected geographies across the Black Atlantic through musical encounters with expressions, or acknowledgements, of feelings of sorrow, aspiration, fear, hope, love and dread.

Ashley Holmes (b. Luton, 1990) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Sheffield working across sound, video, radio broadcasts and performance. He hosts Tough Matter, a monthly broadcast on NTS Radio and also facilitates Open Deck - a series of gatherings giving space to collectively listen and hold discursive space around relationships to music, sound and oral histories.

Recent selected work & projects include; Distend, Leeds Art Gallerycommissioned by Yorkshire Sculpture International (2021) ; A Free Moment, curated by Christina Gigliotti at Futura Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, (2020); away, completely: denigrate, group exhibition curated by Languid Hands at Narrative Projects, London (2019); Double 6, performance w R.I.P. Germain commissioned by Poor Image Projects at former Court Room of Leeds Town Hall, Leeds (2019); Survey, group exhibition by Jerwood Arts (2018); and their tooth, finest gold: group exhibition curated by Deborah Joyce Holman at Les Urbaines, Lausanne (2018).

About Frieze LIVE

This year’s LIVE programme is curated by Languid Hands, a London-based artistic and curatorial collaboration between Rabz Lansiquot, filmmaker, programmer and DJ, and Imani Robinson, interdisciplinary writer, editor and live artist.

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