The Serpentine Gallery presents Grace Wales Bonner



From 19 January to 16 February 2019 Serpentine Sackler Gallery, in London will showcase an exhibition designed by fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner at the intersection of fashion, digital, architecture, art and wider interdisciplinarity. This innovative showcase will follow the Gallery’s innovative fashion-focused exhibition of Atelier E.B and Park Nights performance by TELFAR both presented in 2018.

Focusing on various sources of inspirations in her work, Wales Bonner often collaborates with artists, writers and performers for her critically-acclaimed collections.

The Serpentine project conceived with short duration happenings, will bring together themes of ritual, rhythm, magical resonances within black cultural practices. Over the course of a month, a multi-sensory installation and a series of performances will invite viewers to observation and mediation.

This exhibition will focus on Wales Bonner’s rigorous research across multiple geographies and temporalities, culminating in the presentation of her forthcoming Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, Mumbo Jumbo. Conjuring and exploring various characters, their dress, and the worlds and spaces they inhabit, the collection considers the artist as shaman, a West African spiritual healer, and a gathering of Howard University intellectuals.

Highlights will include a series of meditation workshops by musician Laraajiuring the exhibition’s opening days that will become a lasting shrine of sound within the space. Rashid Johnson’s installations using carpets will create a sense of grounding throughout the Gallery. Interested in the improvisation, intentionality and repurposing of shrines from the Black Atlantic, Wales Bonner will draw upon their relational nature, as material portals into multiple worlds and frames of experience.


Image: Grace Wales Bonner, SS19, Photograph by Harley-Weir.