Audio Recorded Version
- Exhibition Opening: Friday 30 June 6-8pm
- On 30 July and 11 August, 12-6pm, we will be hosting relaxed screenings of Simon Says/Dadda. Booking is required. Learn more about the relaxed screenings here
LUX is pleased to announce ‘Simon Says/Dadda’, a new solo exhibition by artist Beverley Bennett showing at LUX, Waterlow Park from 1 July to 19 August 2023.
‘Simon Says/Dadda’ is a collaborative project exploring father/daughter relationships among Black and Asian women and non-binary individuals, highlighting the deep impact that structural inequalities have within wider society.
Working in partnership with Grand Union, Birmingham; Metal, Liverpool; LUX, London; and The NewBridge Project, Newcastle, ‘Simon Says/Dadda’ is an ambitious large-scale film project bringing to light stories that are currently not represented in the visual arts. Comprising three core parts, ‘Simon Says/Dadda’ brings together numerous elements; gatherings, testimonies, collaboration and community, of Beverley’s practice within the same body of work. Working over a longer period of time to allow for deeper connections and evolutions to manifest, the work has drawn together mediums that previously have been kept separate, to generate a whole.
With a title referencing patrilineal relationships, ‘Simon’ is the artist’s father, and ‘Dadda’, the Grandfather on her Mother’s side; ‘Dadda’ is also used as a term in Patois (the Caribbean/Jamaican dialect) to reference ‘Father’. Looking at intergenerational legacy and father/daughter relationships, this iteration at LUX reflects on the artists’ personal story and her relationship with ‘Simon’.
The work has been developed since 2018 through a series of ‘gatherings’, a model the artist devised that differs from the more hierarchical model of the workshop with one person leading and sharing information with participants taking part in the activities. Instead ‘gatherings’ are cyclical, whereby everyone learns from each other and often formulate in myriad ways, from reading together to gathering at a party. This has created a ‘tapestry of voices’, an interweaving of communalities and differences that provide a broader view, an important part of amplifying intergenerational relationships.
This exhibition is generously supported by Arts Council England, The Elephant Trust and Serpentine (Support Structures for Support Structures Fellowship Programme).
Wednesday 19th July 7pm. Screening/Discussion with Beverley Bennett and Rehana Zaman. A special screening of all the works produced as part of the Simon Says/Dadda project followed by a discussion between artists Beverley Bennett and Rehana Zaman.
Auditory/Visual Access: We have hearing loops, a large print guide and magnifying glasses available in the space. The films in the exhibition have captions.
Sensory Access: Please note that the exhibition space is very dark, and the sound/noise volume is adjusted to a higher level. Let us know in advance if you require the room to be brighter or lower volume environment.
If you have any access needs to attend our events please contact us at +44(0)20 3141 2960 or [email protected]