Hidden in plain sight: Prem Sahib at the ICA
The young British artist Prem Sahib is at once a minimalist (of sorts) with an architectural bent and a keen interrogator of the human heart, particularly its lustier and more intimate beats. Indeed, his interest is in how architecture creates spaces of intimacy, sanctioned and unsanctioned, planned and appropriated, with particular reference to gay London and Berlin; though of course intimacy, snatched and secretive, or in plain sight, is a universal.
His first major institutional exhibition, ’Side On’, takes over the upper and lower galleries of the ICA, creating total spaces, and includes installation, performance, sculpture and works on paper. Performances include UNPLUCT, a collaboration with DJ and artist Jeffrey Hinton and part of Hinton’s ’Pit to Pube’ project (part tribute to untended body hair, part elegy for the 70s and 80s club scene in London and New York).
’Prem Sahib: Side On’ is on view at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, until 15 November. UNPLUCT is on view 12 November
Photography: Mark Blower
Institute of Contemporary Arts
London, SW1Y 5AH
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