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Kiara Mohamed: The Lives We Lead

  • Wed, 20 Jan 2021 - Sun, 21 Feb 2021
  • 11.00 AM - 4.00 PM

Image Credit: Kiara Mohamed, The Lives We Lead, 2020, (film still). Image courtesy of the artist. 

Kiara Mohamed is a trans, multidisciplinary artist based in Toxteth, Liverpool. His work focuses on the role art can play in addressing identity and social issues. He uses photography, poetry, film and drone photography to comment on post-colonial ideas and reflect on his background and the community he lives in.

One of Mohamed’s most recent short films Home (2020) was made during the first lockdown and released to great acclaim for Light Night 2020 by the artist and Bluecoat. This mesmerising and poetic film shot by drone, takes us on a flight from Mohamed’s neighbourhood, out across a silent city and  towards the river before returning home; the drone travels where he cannot. This powerful film touches on homelessness and the minimum wage workers who now find themselves on the front line of the fight against the virus. 

After sharing this online premiere, Bluecoat is honoured to present Mohamed’s latest video The Lives We Lead (2020) on our website. This short film was made during the first lockdown and throughout summer 2020. It captures video calls between Kiara as he catches up with Black and Brown people, contrasting what was happening in their lives on a personal level against a global backdrop. The Lives We Lead (2020) captures moments of shared humanity, specifically the way COVID has impacted on the lives we once took for granted and the phenomenon of the global uprising of Black Lives Matter. 

A series of photographs from this same project has also been acquired by the Art Collection of the University of Salford, having been commissioned by Open Eye Gallery, with images shown on a screen at Museum of Liverpool autumn 2020. 

Mohamed’s solo show is part of a series of new fast changeover slots for artists from the Liverpool City Region, which both acknowledges their excellence and creates a showcase for art works that have yet to be exhibited in a public gallery. The faster pace of each exhibition also allows for a greater number of artists to be shown. 

Watch The Lives We Lead (2020) on our website from Wednesday 20th January. 


About the artist

Liverpool based Kiara Mohamed (b. Kismayo, Somalia) is Trans, multidisciplinary artist based in Toxteth, Liverpool. His work focuses on identity, social issues and the role art plays in our lives in addressing these issues. He uses photography, poetry, film and drone photography to comment on post-colonial ideas and reflect on his background and the community he lives in. His work has been screened at Tate Liverpool and the British Museum with most recent projects for Savera UK and Homotopia 2020 shared online and installed in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. A new commission of photographs has been acquired for the University of Salford Art Collection in partnership with Open Eye Gallery. 

See more of Kiara Mohamed's work and read interviews and features on his practice. 

https://www.kiaramohamed.com/

https://artcollection.salford.ac.uk/2020/10/29/kiara-mohamed-the-lives-we-lead/

https://www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/news/kiara-mohamed-home/

https://vimeo.com/user99969977

https://www.bidolito.co.uk/feature-kiara-mohamed/

http://www.thedoublenegative.co.uk/2020/06/we-have-to-be-uncomfortable-in-order-to-grow-interview-kiara-mohamed/

 


With thanks to The Estate of Fanchon Frohlich and Patrons Alan Sprince and Debra Morris.

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