Hana Noorali & Lynton Talbot
Curators in Residence,
with the Viaindustriae WORD PLAY open call
Curators Hana Noorali and Lynton Talbot have been awarded the Viaindustriae and Mahler & LeWitt Studios ‘Word Play: Art & Poetry’ Open Call residency opportunity. They will take part in our fall residency session which has been curated in collaboration with former poet in residence Rachael Allen and brings together artists, writers and curators who explore the intersections of the visual and performing arts with poetry. Their research will be presented as part of Viaindustriae’s LIBEROLIBRODARTISTALIBERO/FREEBOOK 10th biennial exhibition on artist’s book practice as well as the Art & Poetry symposium in 2021.
Hana and Lynton work as a curatorial duo and for the past decade have principally been concerned with artists that work with language as material. In this context they describe their practice: “As curators we recognise that in art as in poetry, meaning is made in the very conditions of the encounter itself. The knowledge produced is not instructive or codified but subjective and relational. Artists build the worlds that viewers may inhabit temporarily in the moment of their becoming. The physicality of these temporary utopia’s, however, is so frequently realised in the increasingly contested spaces of our museums and galleries. We are interested in ways poetry, and the world it is capable of building outside of these normative structures, might be the most constitutive form of all. In our practice, working with language is understood as a gesture toward a truly radical reimagining.” Their recent exhibition at David Roberts Art Foundation (London, UK), The Season of Cartesian Weeping (title lent by Anne Boyer from her 2018 collection, A Handbook of Disappointed Fate), presented artist collectives who explore the role language plays in maintaining a discrepant resistance to institutions; a resistance that does not seek to evade complicity but rather foster a radical complicity based on shared practice.
They are currently co-editing, with Jess Chandler and Aimee Selby, Intertitles – an anthology at the intersection of poetry and visual art; the editors describe the project as a response to two observations, “namely the increased presence of written, spoken and performed language in the work of visual artists and the simultaneous increase in visibility and circulation of the work and voices of poets in the visual arts arena.” It will be published by Prototype in early 2021.
Lynton’s curatorial platform parrhesiades works with artist for whom language — either written, spoken or otherwise performed — is an essential part of their practice. Parrhesiades develops a single new work with artists that exists across multiple platforms; a distributed or exploded model for exhibition that offers artists different physicalities and temporalities to work through, problematising a single reading of the work. Parrhesiades has worked with Johanna Hedva, Cally Spooner, Sung Tieu, Jesper List Thomsen, Eva Gold, Elaine Cameron-Weir and Quinn Latimer in year one, culminating in Volume 1, a book published as part of the exhibition series in 2020. Volume 2 will include new work by Tai Shani, Anais Duplan, Isabel Waidner, Caspar Heinemann and Sophie Jung among others.
Lynton also writes specifically with artists and for exhibitions as a form of curatorial practice. He holds academic posts at Chelsea College of Arts and Kings College London in their curatorial departments and works within Tate Public Programmes to deliver Museum Curating Now. He has been a visiting lecturer at RCA and Goldsmiths, London, Kunsthochschule, Kassel and WHW Akademija, Zagreb. He is also a sometime participant in OFFSHORE, an itinerant performance company and pedagogical structure, initiated by Cally Spooner in 2017.
Hana Noorali started TRANSMISSIONS in 2020 with fellow curator Anne Duffau and artist Tai Shani. TRANSMISSIONS is an online platform for commissioning artists in a classic DIY TV format. She curated Lisson Presents at Lisson Gallery, London, from 2017 to 2018 and from 2017 to 2019 she wrote, produced and presented the podcast series Lisson on air. In 2018 Hana edited a monograph on the work of artist and Benedictine monk Dom Sylvester Houédard. Its release coincided with an exhibition of his work at Lisson Gallery, New York, which she co-curated with Matt O’Dell. Currently, Hana is a freelance writer and visiting lecturer at a number of UK institutions.
Hana and Lynton have started non-profit galleries in both London and Berlin and have curated exhibitions in public institutions, project spaces and commercial galleries across London and internationally, they often collaboratively produce text and have also taught together in a number of contexts. Forthcoming projects include a project with Galerija Prozori and WHW, Zagreb.
Image: Courtesy of Hana Noorali & Lynton Talbot / David Roberts Art Foundation, photo: Yuki Shima