Work in Process: Hackney Central Impact & Ideas Fund
Residency Exhibition

Damilola Lemomu
Dominic Myatt
Abi Ola
Mengxi Zhang

8 October - 5 November 2022


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Supported by the Hackney Impact & Ideas Fund, Kupfer has welcomed the artists Damilola Lemomu, Dominic Myatt, Abi Ola and Mengxi Zhang over a three-month period which has enabled them to test out new ideas, develop their practice and establish meaningful connections with mentors and visiting artists, as well as taking part in skill based workshops.

Work in Process reveals parts of Hackney’s rich art circuit and explores themes such as: identity, sexuality, gentrification and memory. Through an oral history documentary film and accompanying photographic works Damilola Lemomu platforms the voices of Hackney local groups including: Interlink Foundation supporting the Orthodox Jewish community, Laburnum Boat Club and Girls Friendly Society among others. She creates a space for Hackney local communities to speak of their experiences of gentrification and invites audiences to consider the varied iterations of a ‘sense of home’.

Dominic Myatt’s works weave through memory and sexuality. Myatt explores a dialogue of anxiety and tension between their paintings and sculptures, punctuated with cartoon like humour. As a colour-blind artist, Dominic used the residency to expand the colour palettes they work with through a supported process of research and feedback.

Exploring themes of identity, diaspora and familial connections Abi Ola presents textile-based, photographic and sculptural works. During the residency Abi developed work and research into West-African textiles and the use of emojis as pictographic communication.

Mengxi Zhang works with mixed-media paintings and sculptures which reveal her intuitive making. For Mengxi, the residency created an incubator for her making process as she experimented with new materials and observations, considering body surfaces as a boundary between the inside and the outside, and painting surfaces as a link between the outside word and the self.  


Events programme: 

Opening: Saturday 8 October 5pm to 9pm 

'Worldbuilding with Kwaku Osei-Afrifa: a Creative Writing Workshop for the Community' 19th of October, 6.30-8.30 pm

'Cultural Patterns: Creating Patterns from Textile Remnants with Abi Ola & Lucille Junkere' Thursday 20th October 6pm to 8:30pm 

 'Mengxi Zhang: Materials and Instinctive Practices Workshop'  Saturday 22nd October 2pm to 4pm

 'Damilola Lemomu on The Residential is Political: in Conversation with Chloe Ruthven + Screening' Wednesday 26th October 6pm to 7:30pm

 'Dominic Myatt on Practice: in Conversation with Gemma Rolls-Bentley' Thursday 3rd November 6pm to 7:30pm

'Exhibition Finissage and Publication Launch' Saturday 5th November 5pm to 9pm


For more about our Hackney residency programme and the residents click here.


Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday: 10am-5pm
Saturday: by appointment