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Liz Johnson Artur – If you know the beginning, the end is no trouble

This exhibition as book was conceptualized, illustrate and designed by Krishna Balakrishnan.

This Book as Exhibition translates the narrative structure of Liz Johnson Artur: If you know the beginning, the end is no trouble at the South London
Gallery from the 13th June to 1st September 2019.

For her first solo show in the UK, Russian-Ghanaia artist Liz Johnson Artur presented new sculptural works incorporating photographs selected from her substantial archive of images documenting the lives of people from African diaspora.

The exhibition focused on London, where Artur has lived since 1991, capturing the richness an complexity of Black British life. In the Main Gallery, four hanging and floor-based bamboo cane structures hosted a body of images taken across the city, including in Peckham Rye, at black-majority churches and at non-binary club nights. One section focused
on still life images taken in the artist’s London studio, which is home to a wealth of reference books, vinyl records and magazines.

In this book, the sculptural structure is nowhere to be seen except in the first illustration. The bamboo structure become the chapters of this book, whereby the four structures are transformed into four sections of the book.

This book is typeset in Aktiv Grotesk Ex XBold by Dalton Maag.

First Edition
August 2019, London U.K.