Twelve young artists are taking up the mantle of Maya Angelou as they open a new exhibition at the Nottingham Contemporary.
The show – entitled Aftermath – is a response to the Still I Rise exhibition which was on display at the gallery this winter.
It explored feminism, gender and resistance in the works of 40 female and queer artists, through the lens of Angelou’s legendary poem.
The artists, who are students at Nottingham Trent University, will now present their own original art works in the same space.
The 12 young artists involved in the show don’t wish to individually explore their art and even resists in explaining their creation. They believe that the show is a continuation of the winter show, a movement that they are taking forward.
The installations include paintings, sculptures and mixed art and videos.
Andrew Brown, the course leader (MFA), NTU and the organiser of the show, said: “Aftermath is a more of a project where the students respond to the winter show of Nottingham Contemporary. And, they respond through their own practices by picking up some of the common threads from the previous art show.
“And Still I Rise was a kind of protest through the ages, through cultures and different parts of the world. And that’s what the students are responding to,” he added.
This exhibition brings together the poetry of Maya Angelou and the art works in a sublime way.
“I don’t know of any artist who has made direct references to the poem, but the underlying theme is present, and each artist has responded differently,” said Brown.
The exhibition will see a host of eclectic installations, which include sculptures of hands painted in white seeking for help, a crumbled paper hanging from the ceiling representing the oppression faced by women for ages, and a growing potted plant kept in front of sketches delineating the path of its growth since germination.
It also has a couple of video installations, one of which is stack of working televisions.
Rohit Kale, the only Indian artist of the exhibition, explaining his plant installation based on Bio-mimicry, said: “My plant installation is a representation of mother nature and creation of life. A mother gets a new life after she gives birth to a child and that is what I wanted to show through my art.”
The art exhibition is open till May 12 from 11am to 5pm.