We last saw South Africa-based artist Faith47 in London back in May of this year when the artists was visiting London locking down the details of her forthcoming London show. It was also during this summer visit that Faith47 took some time to hit the streets and redecorate a number of walls around the city (covered here).
Returning to the city earlier this week, the artist has teamed up with Moniker Projects who will present her first solo show in London 'Aqua Regalia' at the Old Truman Brewery in East London. For us lucky Londoners this is the first stop for Faith47's exploration, Aqua Regalia, which will travel to Rome in 2015, and thereafter to the USA in 2016.
The exhibition title Aqua Regalia or ‘royal water’ is the alchemical name for a highly corrosive mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acid that transmogrifies, dissolves and changes the most powerful substance - gold.
"In Aqua Regalia, the artist embeds found and created objects in an enshrined space and thus, in a manner of the reliquary, pays homage to the sacramental within the ordinary. Torn up begging cards, betting sheets, discarded eviction notices suggest the fall-out of a lost struggle, while visions of supplicants insist upon the power of faith. Eclectic in its mash-up of art as fetish and art as rebooted trash object, it reprises the core question which drives the artist at odds with the cynical neo-liberal force at work today. Such affinities and discordances between hope, yearning and faith seek to restore value and re-inscribe new meaning to the rejected, discarded, the lost or the overlooked."
The Aqua Regalia exhibition is on display from the 10th – 19th October 2014.
Exhibition Location: Shop 12, Dray Walk, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL, United Kingdom