Some Are Nights Others Stars
Michael Armitage, Ruth Claxton, Tiffany Chung, Siobhan Hapaska, Isaac Julien
Some Are Nights Others Stars brings together a diverse selection of international artists whose works embody the contrasting experiences of displacement, loss and separation with the dynamic possibilities of movement, transformation and remembrance. Presented as an interrelated set of experiences, the exhibition weaves together concerns about land, architecture, progress, utopian dreams, inequality, trauma and resistance that refer as much to imagined futures as to the historical past.
Encompassing film, installation, sculpture, painting and drawing, this major exhibition occupies the unique architecture of Towner’s Ground Floor Gallery. Though the selected artists vary in approach, consistent within all the works is their critical engagement, emotional power and ability to create interweaving narratives that suggest multiple states and histories.
The title of the exhibition alludes to the poem Ashes by Serbian poet Vasco Popa that begins in loss and rallies against destructive forces and dehumanisation until we become the dreamer and the dreamt, ‘both stars and night’.
Isaac Julien, Green Screen Goddess (Ten Thousand Waves), 2010, Courtesy the artist
Installation View, Isaac Julien, Ten Thousand Waves, 2010. Some Are Nights Others Stars. Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Installation View, Siobhan Hapaska, Intifada (shaking off), 2015-16. Some Are Nights Others Stars, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Installation View, front: Ruth Claxton, Specular Spectacular (Cheryl, Jo, Joanne, Elinor, Claire, Charlotte, Effy), 2013-2016, back: Tiffany Chung An archaeology project for future remembrance, 2013. Some Are Nights Others Stars, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Tiffany Chung, An archaeology project for future remembrance. Landscapes of people yet to come – HCMC ICA plans for New Thu Thiem Urban Area, 2013. Courtesy Galerie Quynh and the artist
Michael Armitage, Kariakor, 2015. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. © The artist