Tue 24 Mar - Sun 28 Jun 2015
Turner Contemporary presents an exhibition of photographic works on its ground floor by British artist and curator, Andrew Cross. This series of photographs, collectively known as Timacade (Somali for ‘white hair’), depict buildings in the Somalian capital Mogadishu, stripped back to their bare essentials, juxtaposed alongside images of the artist’s familiar Wiltshire landscape.
The photographs exhibited at Turner Contemporary were made as part of Cross and Ali’s much larger collaborative project Mogadishu – Lost Moderns, exploring architectural legacies that have endured the upheaval of the city’s recent past. Featured in particular is the concrete shell of the National Assembly Building, built in the late 1960s as a symbol of Somalia’s break from its colonial past and its future as a modern independent country.
Visiting the African continent and a ‘zone of conflict’ in the summer of 2013 for the first time, Andrew Cross’ journey to Mogadishu was not born out of any sense of adventure, rather a simple bond of friendship with Somali born architect Rashid Ali.
The original Mogadishu - Lost Moderns project was commissioned by the Mosaic Rooms/A.M. Qattan Foundation.