I REMEMBER MOST WHAT NEVER HAPPENED
BxNU MFA Graduate Exhibition
VANESSA ANTHONY / JULIE LOUISE BEMMENT / ELIZABETH BLACK/ FRANKIE CASIMIR / GRACE DENTON / SAMUEL JOHNSON / SOPHIE KEITH / MARK LYONS / MELISSA MACPHERSON / DANIEL MCGEE
I Remember Most What Never Happened brings together work by ten artists graduating from the BxNU Master of Fine Art, a unique two-year course run by Northumbria University in partnership with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, based in the vibrant studio culture here at BALTIC 39.
Throughout the programme, the artists are encouraged to self-direct a rich spectrum of experimentation, guided by their own curiosity and interests. A distinctive feature of the course is how these individual trajectories then also coalesce into collective exhibition making – a process that is simultaneously demanding, enlivening and revealing.
I Remember Most What Never Happened, conceived by the third graduating cohort of the BxNU MFA, proposes a zeitgeist born of indulgence, suggestion, and invention.
We remember most what never happened, to this we hold up our hands. The rumours on the grapevine, exaggerated for dramatic effect; the finer details and broad arching themes projected onto the whole experience. As we sift through the process, the brain forms narratives, photoshops details and re-embroiders our ideas; upon these memories we now place the greatest importance.
As our diverse practices come together in the space, they present clues to a promised future which may yet unfold. The exhibition title upholds an admission of complicity – inviting the audience to join us in imagining, remembering and forgetting.