The Gaze is a Singular Act: Abi Ola and Anika Roach

30 August - 19 September 2020

"In a world myriad as ours, the gaze is a singular act: to look at something is to fill your whole life with it, if only briefly."
- Ocean Vuong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous.

Abi Ola (b. 1996 lives and works in London)

Abi Ola works with painting, collage, screen printing and performance. She takes inspiration from old family clothes, nature, and tribal art to design her own patterns for her paintings. Abi has won the Bloomsbury Festival Prize, and will have a solo exhibition at the Building Centre, Store Street London (2020). She is currently studying her MFA at the Slade School of Fine Art, and recently completed her BFA at Goldsmiths University of London.


Anika Roach (b. 1996 lives and works in London)

Anika recently graduated from Goldsmiths university with BA in Fine Art & History. She works across painting, moving image and installation. Her practice attempts to challenge the social and political weight that often overwhelms the uniqueness of the black experience by exploring humour and engaging with a diverse range of materials. Anika has been selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020 and will exhibit work in Milan as part of Occhieppo Inferiore’s reinvigorated international Symposium of Contemporary Art.