Artist talk: Alexandre da Cunha in-conversation with Alessio Antoniolli

In collaboration with Art on the Underground and Gasworks
7 December 2021
Free - no booking required, first come, first serve

155 Vauxhall Street
SE11 5RH

Join Alexandre da Cunha and Head of Art on the Underground Eleanor Pinfield in-conversation with Alessio Antoniolli, Director of Gasworks to discuss Alexandre’s permanent commission ‘Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset’ at Battersea Power Station, which was unveiled in September 2021.

Stretching 100m and 60m in length, the artwork incorporates two friezes that face each other along the length of the ticket hall. Made using an outdated advertising mechanism – the rotating billboard – Alexandre da Cunha has created a moving sculpture. The artwork was inspired by the former control room at Battersea Power Station and its system of vertical bars that regulated the production and output of electricity into the city. Bringing these resonances together with the daily flow of dawn to dusk, Sunset, Sunrise, Sunset refers to cycles, routine, the everyday and eternity.

Join us to hear about the conceptual basis of the work, the challenges of working within a major construction project and to discuss the impact of art in public spaces.

Nearest tube stations are Oval and Vauxhall.
Gasworks is not open to the public on Tuesdays so please ring the buzzer for entry.

Covid Information:
Masks are required for the exhibition space at Gasworks and are strongly encouraged in the common spaces and the participation room. The talk will take place in a room ventilated via doors and windows. Please don’t attend if you are feeling unwell. Please consider taking a Lateral Flow Test before you join us.

Alexandre da Cunha was born in Rio de Janeiro and lives and works in London. He has exhibited widely throughout the world, and his work is included in major private and institutional collections, including Tate, UK, ICA Boston, U.S.A and Inhotim, Brazil.

Eleanor Pinfield has been Head of Art on the Underground since 2014, leading the team in developing and delivering a changing programme of commissions for the spaces of the Tube. Eleanor has acted as curator of Alexandre’s commission from the project’s initiation in 2015.

Alessio Antoniolli is the Director of Gasworks, where he leads a programme of exhibitions, international residencies and participatory events. He is also the Director of Triangle Network, a world-wide network of visual art organisations that work together to create artists’ exchanges and to share knowledge with each other. He has lectured widely and has been part of many juries, including the UK’s Turner Prize in 2019.


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