Subtitle Labs is a new platform for emerging art, their inaugural exhibition hosted by Pi Artworks is a group show from seven of the UK’s leading emerging artists exploring identity, through heritage and empowerment. The launch navigates identity from the perspective of seven diverse backgrounds with a common goal of empowering minorities from all walks of life.
In partnership with Stop Uyghur Genocide, a grassroots campaign to end the atrocities against Muslims in China, Subtitle will be exhibiting new and exclusive original artworks and limited editions prints with 10% of the originals and 100% of the print sales going to the campaign.
Divine Southgate-Smith, currently enrolled at the Royal Academy of Arts, is a British trans-disciplinary artist whose work will question articulations of a black, queer, and female experience. Eve De Haan (Half a Roast Chicken) the UK’s leading neon artist, who has exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery and worked with the Tate will showcase works through bold neon catchphrases and short snippets of text to evoke collective emotions of self-belief and empowerment in her audience.
Ofunne Azinge, a Nigerian British painter, who recently won The Arts Club Award 2021 at the Royal Academy of Arts, will be exhibiting two new paintings inspired from various aspects of her life including the socio-political effects of migration, nostalgia and the complexities of her upbringing.
Tyler Lurks, a recent graduate from Central Saint Martins, work is inspired by a non-western conception of repair in which accepted historical narratives are reopened and then transmuted through painting onto salvaged offcuts of wood. Within this, he will explore the concepts of empathy within humanity. Why Reuben? – an anonymous graffiti artist – has grown a cult following in 2021 in East London and will showcase the complexities of a diverse heritage.
Coral Garvey is an American Korean multidisciplinary artist living in London with work that has expanded into globally branded campaigns for Adidas. She will be showcasing her dystopian-tech-noir fine art collection “The Invisible Rules”, which explores personal and cultural identity. Charlie Spot, a British based mixed media artist, who has exhibited at the former Rubell Museum in Miami, will be exploring the continuous identity persecution of minorities across continuous generations in his mixed-media photography.
‘Passports Please’ presented by Subtitle Labs March 3rd – March 5th at Pi Artworks, 55 Eastcastle Street, W1W 8EF 3rd March Private View – 6:30pm Traditional Uyghur Musical Performance – 8pm
4th March Curated Tours and Public Entry 12pm-10pm
5th March Day party 12pm – 6:30pm – 10pm closing
Founded in January 2022, Subtitle Labs is a nomadic, emerging art platform that provides opportunities and mentorship to creatives and collectors through international pop-ups, virtual gallery spaces and exclusive original and limited edition works. Subtitle seeks to discover, encourage and invest in emerging artists of all disciplines, enabling them to showcase the best version of themselves in an often intimidating art market. Through these exhibitions, Subtitle aims to empower artists to remain independent and be in control of their own narrative. The shows will enable artists to collaborate with other creatives and collectors, whilst being free to work alongside whomever they choose. By creating a network of emerging artists Subtitle is building a community of collectors who can grow alongside the artists, collect their works and create a bond that goes beyond the investment of the pieces.
Each artist is carefully chosen, interviewed and selected based on the quality of their work and their passion. Every year each artist can nominate another artist to be a part of a subsequent show, thereby creating a chain-link of artist mentors and mentees. Throughout the year artists will be able to reach out to other artists from their chain-link for mentorship and advice on how to navigate the perils of the art market – creating a community, within a community. Every year the platform will partner with an organisation to bring light to underrepresented causes. In 2022 Subtitle is partnering with Stop Uyghur Genocide which focuses on grassroots campaigns to bring awareness to the crimes being committed against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities by the Chinese Communist Party. A percentage of all of the works sold in 2022 will be donated to this cause.