Arcadia Missa will be moving the majority of its gallery operations to Soho, London.After 4 years as a project space and a further 3 as a commercial gallery it is time to work in a different space, and a different location. We will open with an exhibition by New Noveta in April.
Having grown up in Peckham I have witnessed massive changes, in particular in recent years. Although it's sentimental to be spending less time in the area, for reasons beyond how much more accessible central London is for many visitors, it is time to go. I am against gentrifcation, and this has left me constantly conflicted in my position as a gallery owner. I support artists and work that often deals with issues surrounding gentrification (Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings in particular), and have programmed talks and events that try to tackle the issue of "what to do". The film A Moving Image by Shola Amoo reveals some of the tensions and problematics that I think are true to myself: just because you are from an area, you are not exempt from the gentrification of your home. Over time I realised that one of the best things I could do was to encourage spending in places run by local people (as you see in the about page of our website), and now I think that less of a presence in an area that many people are hell bent on turning into one big boxpark will also be positive. I'd like to encouarge everyone to resist, in particular right now at The Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre.
Our final exhibition in Peckham is Totally Different Animals - Gaby Sahhar and Rosie Grace Ward, with a text by Porpentine Charity Heartscape, organised by Ruth Pilston, and opens on March 2nd, 6pm
- Rózsa Farkas
Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings
Soho the best!
FIOCCO CHE CARINO, 2015
C-Type Print, photograph taken in Club Soho, Vilnius
84.1 × 118.9 cm