Tanya Leighton is proud to present Altered Future, a selection of new paintings, drawings and sculptures by artists from the gallery’s programme. Our present reality has taken a counterfactual turn. We are made unavoidably aware that the course of world events can be unexpectedly diverted, and that even apparently singular events are differently experienced by communities and consciousnesses. In Altered Future, intergenerational artistic voices reflect upon fragility, daring to imagine new landscapes of labour, desire, identity and community. The artworks are contextualised and elaborated through short videos and commissioned texts by art historians and critics including Shiva Balaghi, Sonja-Maria Borstner and Sabrina Tarasoff.
In Sean Edwards's work, time doesn’t progress in an easily digestible straight line, with a beginning, middle and end. Instead, there are many timelines, entangled and interweaving, bringing actions of the past and future into the present. He shares with us the kind of story we need right now: unheroic, incorporating familiar yet remarkable histories with political imagination.
–Kim McAleese Programme Director Grand Union
Sean Edwards (born in 1980 in Cardiff, Wales) completed his MA at the Slade School of Art in 2005. Edwards represented Wales at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019 with his exhibition ‘Undo Things Done’ at Santa Maria Ausiliatrice, Castello. The exhibition toured to the National Assembly of Wales (Senedd), Cardiff; Bluecoat, Liverpool, and Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham. Sean Edwards received the Turner Prize bursary in 2020.
Edwards has had solo exhibitions at Netwerk, Aalst and Limoncello, London, both in 2014; Chapter, Cardiff in 2013; Kunstverein Freiburg in 2012, and Spike Island in 2011. His work has been included in group shows at Copperfield Gallery, London in 2019; Limoncello, Woodbridge in 2016; Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf in 2016; and Centre Pompidou, Paris in 2015. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin in 2022 and ‘British Art Show 9’ which will tour to Wolverhampton, Aberdeen, Plymouth, and Manchester.
Sean Edwards will have a solo exhibition at Tanya Leighton, Berlin in June 2021.