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September 27, 2021

Exhibitions: 2021 MFA Degree Show: Kingston School of Art at Kingston University London

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Weishan Yang, Untitled (The Thing), 2021. Mixed media. Photo: Mark Lennon.

View of MFA Degree Show, Kingston School of Art, London, 2021. Photo: Mark Lennon.

Xiaoxuan Long, 2021. Installation view, MFA Degree Show, Kingston School of Art, London. Photo: Mark Lennon.

Paula Wilkins, Untitled (Fixation II), 2021. Digital print on Lycra and steel tube. Photo: Mark Lennon.

I-Ling Lai, 2021. Installation view, MFA Degree Show, Kingston School of Art, London. Photo: Mark Lennon.

Amirali Kalantari, Time (detail), 2021. 3D-printed plastic. Photo: Mark Lennon.

Art & Education features the Kingston School of Art at Kingston University London 2021 MFA Degree Show on Exhibitions.

2021 MFA Degree Show: Kingston School of Art at Kingston University London
Kingston School of Art is pleased to present a selection of projects by this year’s graduating students from the MFA Fine Art program.

After a challenging year, students began to re-occupy and re-activate their studio spaces in the spring. First, with a series of projects entitled “The Visitor,” which took place on a dedicated website and across Instagram. Then, as restrictions eased, a physical degree show was staged in the program’s unique Swan Studios (a former public house) from September 9 to 12, 2021, and finally, Kingston School of Art published its Postgraduate Online Showcase on September 23, 2021.

Against the backdrop of a global pandemic and the health and social crisis it has precipitated, students have had to develop and maintain practices, while considering what effects these unprecedented events would have on the global ecology and economy of the contemporary art world. Everything changed and continues to change, and old certainties are no longer. Work generated at home and in temporary studios was transported back into the institutional spaces of the university in preparation for a degree show.

The students’ work explores themes of the environment, ritual and painting, cultural memory and the digital image, obsession and the habitual, nation states and history, and language and its limits. The intensity and solitary nature of working from home is reflected in much of the work produced this year and has resulted in an extraordinarily resilient cohort. After relearning how to collaborate, and rethinking the very idea of an exhibition, the students have produced a series of projects at once reflective and outward looking, in a spirit of solidarity, community and defiance.

The physical exhibition at Swan Studios was accompanied by a series of events organized in collaboration with Kingston School of Art’s Contemporary Art Research Centre (CARC), including an exhibition review with Professor Elizabeth Price.

Participating artists: Amirali Kalantari, I-Ling, Lai, Xiaoxuan Long, Gabriela Pitanga, Little Red, Lyndsay Russell, Paula Wilkins, and Weishan Yang.

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