“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye. shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh. findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” – Matthew 7:7&8
The body of work shown in Campbell Addy’s new exhibition, Matthew 7:7&8 is an expression of a journey from leaving his Jehovah’s Witness upbringing to coming out as a young gay man at 17. Since the departure from his religious background the scripture (Matthew 7:7&8) has resonated deeply with the photographer and is one that he comes back to as he navigates his way through his creative practice and finds his place in the world. As Campbell states, “For the longest time the scripture (Matthew 7:7&8) has resonated with me, for whatever it is I want in life, I need to seek it out and find solace in my resolve.”
Matthew 7:7&8 is a celebration of the black body, the coming-of-age via sexuality, faith and the creative process. The images included in the exhibition come from particular projects that express the transformation Campbell has undertaken whilst creating them. Be it shooting and researching Juju with his collaborator Ib Kamara, or subverting the strict regime of religion via NSFW imagery, each image shares a glimpse into recurring themes within Campbell’s work.
The latter part of the exhibition debuts a series entitled Unlocking Seoul. This is a project both Campbell and Edvinas Bruzas undertook in the summer of 2014 where they documented their experience of the LGBT scene in Seoul, South Korea.
Street photographer Charlie Kwai brings his new project Overtime to life in a book and exhibition at KK Outlet.
Charlie’s sharp focus peers into the obscure and humorous daily grind of the modern business man. Overtime observes the cold, hard truths of working in the city and exposes the side effects of riding the high and lows of the stock market, cutting deals and lifetime of lunch at your desk.
The work encompasses the amusing and sobering reality of the occupational hazards that come with the dogged pursuit of success. The men featured look grey, unhealthy and morally beaten up as if the out of control system that they help prop up has well and truly taken them for a ride.
All of the photographs in the series were taken within London’s square mile (Bank, Liverpool St, London Bridge, Chancery Lane, Piccadilly, Oxford Street. Each of the candid shots were taken on many of Charlie’s forays into the concrete battle ground over a two year period.
The exhibition will showcase each of the portraits in the book which will also be on sale for the duration of the show.
Collage Club is a monthly get together for anyone keen to flex their creative muscles and get making without having to produce perfectly proportioned, boring drawings.
Swapping pencils for scissors and a wealth of beautiful papers and magazines, each session features a range of different activities including speed-collaging, collaborative image-making, ‘exquisite corpses’ and working from interesting still-life set ups.
Run by collage enthusiast Stephanie Hartman, the laid-back workshops are suitable for cutting connoisseurs and new gluers alike. All materials are provided!
KK Outlet is proud to host the launch of the latest edition of EMMA – a magazine featuring the creative output of people who have endured homelessness.
EMMA celebrates the creativity of the people connected with the historic Arlington House – a homeless hostel in Camden Town, London that opened in 1905. Each issue showcases artwork, illustrations, articles and poems that bravely explore a range of difficult experiences related to being homeless. The content featured within the pages of EMMA is raw, honest and at times funny. Much of the artwork featured in EMMA is produced at weekly creative workshops dedicated to all forms of self-expression. It isn’t created with a certain audience in mind or to fit with a brand message, it’s pure creativity as an emotional outlet.
The name of the magazine is an acronym for various things and changes issue to issue. Issue #4 was Enlightening. Manic. Metaphysical. Agnostic. Issue #5 stood for Emotive. Magnanimous. Magnificient. Awesome. The name may change but the main aim of EMMA is always to help restore the dignity, self-esteem and motivation of those who are homeless through enabling creative expression.
This magazine – in a modest way – grants people visibility and recognition and is already functioning as a catalyst for positive change.
In the year 2000, Ewen Spencer was commissioned by Graham Rounthwaite at British music, fashion and culture magazine The Face to create a series focusing on youth clubs across the United Kingdom. From Cornwall to Lancashire, Spencer photographed teens as they drank, danced and fell in and out of love and lust. The resulting images have now been published in a big, glossy, ‘year 2000’ book by STANLEY/BARKER, designed by The Entente. The book will be available from KK Outlet or online from stanleybarker.co.uk.
“Today we stay younger longer and become grown up sooner. The successes of making any sort of story around youth is to recognise that we’ve all been there at sometime in our lives. Being a Teenager is life a concentrated moment of the human condition – all of the successes and pitfalls all being played out in one messy drama.” – Ewen Spencer
With thanks to SPECTRUM for printing the exhibition and VICE for supporting the book launch event with their Old Blue Last Beers!
I FEEL SICK / HOT FLUSH
Throughout February KK Outlet hosts the first ever joint exhibition of work by photographers Francesca Allen and Maisie Cousins, ‘I Feel Sick / Hot Flush’.
We meet the work of the photographers at a point in their lives where there is a sense of coming of age – a phrase traditionally associated with puberty – but something that perhaps becomes more relevant as a young woman. Through their images they’re exploring the female body with a defiant sexuality and a feeling of anxious excitement.
They’re taking what has traditionally been a male gaze and making it into something of their own. However, they’re not just rehashing pseudo feminist versions of bygone erotic photographs; there’s flesh and sexuality, but their images are more than that. There’s a huge sense of fun, rebelliousness and unashamed hedonism. Through their work you can sense an awakening, exploration and self-assuredness – the women in the work are in control. For their joint show both photographers will take a room of KK Outlet each and turn it into their own celebration of sex, pleasure and freedom.
Maisie Cousins will be showing collages deep with a dark tension and humour whilst in the front section of the gallery Francesca Allen will be showing a selection of portraits portraying powerful, fearless women at the height of their sexual freedom.
As the saying goes, “In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.” – in these very weird times the joy in Francesca Allen and Maisie Cousins’ work feels like a very relevant form of resistance.
Times of great political unrest forever inspire impactful responses from artists. London-based artist Lakwena Maciver meets the uncertainty and negativity of the current political and social climate with a hugely optimistic and hopeful new body of work. Under the name, The Future’s Gold, Lakwena has created a series of paintings that give hope for a better future and a better government.
Inspired by a Messianic philosophy and an Afro-futuristic aesthetic, these works embrace Lakwena’s signature bold, graphic and acid-bright style.
Through her new show, she declares her allegiance to a future government; one that is higher, deeper, fuller, sweeter, older, newer, bolder, brighter and more glorious than the current chaotic power structures that are in place around the world today.
The paintings will be installed amidst floor-to-ceiling murals creating a space fully immersed in this celebration of a brighter future.
Lakwena’s iconic, kaleidoscopic work is informed by the use of decoration as a means of communication. As a form of expression within a political world, Lakwena explores how the use of adornment in worship and myth-making translates into contemporary popular culture.
Few independent magazines have lasted as long as mono.kultur and even fewer have maintained an artistic and editorial integrity in the same way that they have. Founded in 2005 mono.kultur is an interview magazine dedicated to one conversation per issue and each feels as precious as the last. Within every edition readers are privy to fascinating conversations with innovative artists, designers, musicians and filmmakers. Carefully edited and lovingly produced, each issue is developed in close collaboration with the featured artist, and redesigned from scratch to perfectly represent their work and world.
mono.kultur #43 features Kuwaiti producer and visual artist Fatima Al Qadiri and launches in London with an exhibition at KK Outlet.
Born in Senegal, Fatima Al Qadiri grew up in Kuwait, but was exposed to electronic music and club culture during frequent stays in London and studies in the USA. Thanks to her background Fatima’s influences range from electronic music and video game soundtracks to Russian composers and Arab musical traditions.
With mono.kultur, Fatima Al Qadiri talked about the narratives within her music, the cycles of history, and the soundtrack to burning oil fields. Visually, the issue traces an arc from Fatima Al Qadiri’s youth to her current work. The main imagery comes from her series Bored 1997, for which, at 16, she took photographs of her younger sister Monira dressing up in their father’s clothes.
The series is published here for the first time in print, interspersed with stills from a current video work on gender reversal and Kuwaiti rituals, inserted as static stickers.
In their new issue and exhibition Positive News magazine asks if 2017 will be a year of breakdown or breakthrough?
In an age of rolling 24hour news full of negative stories we’re very happy to be hosting the launch for the new Positive News issue that will take place on the same date as the inauguration of Donald Trump as US president. Characterised by political division, 2016 was widely regarded as a bad year. Positive News is challenging the news agenda with a different perspective for 2017.
With a thematic focus on overcoming social divisions, the new issue of Positive News magazine features a cover illustration of a Muslim female superhero. Positive News’ editors believe that the ‘doom and gloom’ news narrative no longer serves society. They believe that a more balanced and inspiring lens on the world is needed in order to heal social divisions and empower people to bring about change.
In their latest issue the Positive News teams look at how “normal is coming unhinged.” Rather than let fear and hate dictate what happens next the Positive News team believe this time of uncertainty and disruption also holds an opportunity to break through to a society of empathy.
A key article in the new issue report on how comic books are challenging social stereotypes and increasingly featuring new, everyday superheroes who are more diverse and relatable. The issue also reports on grassroots projects such as More United, which is crowd funding support for MPs who commit to values such as tolerance, irrespective of their party and it features a Q&A with George Monbiot, a man known for his activism as much as his searing journalism.
Positive News offers a way to begin 2017 with some serious optimism.
e Fuse is a magazine that reflects on one pertinent theme per issue. The inaugural release looks at the refugee crisis through a collection of features and commissions by photographers, artists and refugees themselves. Taking on the form of a glossy magazine Re Fuse hijacks the language of traditional fashion magazines to tell a very different story.
Depicting refugees as victims or under distress is an overused trope, Re Fuse offers a different narrative that looks at the full human experience, exploring all aspects of their lives before and after they were labelled a “refugee”.
The content of Re Fuse doesn’t ignore the facts of life that refugees endure – homelessness, prejudice, deprived conditions and violence – but it shows the person behind the label in all their beauty and pain. Through beautiful photography and fashion the magazine sends a strong and positive message shifting the power back to the people they feature.
Re|Fuse Magazine #1 features an exclusive interview with Ai Weiwei alongside a showcase of his work ‘Laundromat’ which contains thousands of collected items from a refuse camp in Idomini. Throughout this exhibition Re Fuse share images from the pages of their first issue and welcome you to explore the experience of a refugee with an open mind.
Erik Kessels is a man of many obsessions – his main one being photography. If you’re ever lucky enough to be in his company he’ll no doubt show you his latest photography project or rare album find. They’re vernacular photography projects that document some of the creases and edges of life. Obscure but fascinating lives and stories that aren’t normally put in the spotlight.
Over the years these photography projects have been published and exhibited worldwide but now for the first time all of Erik’s published works and installations have been archived and curated into one mammoth book – The Many Lives of Erik Kessels.
Weapons of Reason articulates the global challenges facing our world, presenting the facts in a way that anyone can absorb. The goal of the magazine is not to provide answers, but instead to ask the right questions and leave the reader to connect the dots as they see fit. Most importantly, the aim of Weapons of Reason is to inspire and turn knowledge into action.
The fourth issue gets entangled in the web of global power. And attempt to understand how the world’s hierarchical structures materialised, their current shape, and how they might evolve or collapse in years to come.
Newspapers say we are entering a dark age. Political change, economical change and worst of all climate change. But if we look around the world doesn’t have to be as grey as we think it is. We still live in a world full of colour. With colourful landscapes, buildings and most important colourful people. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, the book is now OUT.
Yasseen Faik, a designer with both Iraqi and Syrian heritage has commissioned 22 designers / studios to come together and produce ‘For Iraq and Syria’ – a thought provoking poster series to raise awareness and debate. With the partnership of Grey Jam Press the pieces are great examples of stimulating contemporary typography and illustration.
The brief was clear: to create bold yet simplistic posters in response to the current situations in Iraq and Syria, using only two colours. Whether featuring typography or illustration – literal or abstract – the imperative was to be creative and meaningful. The resulting 22 original screen printed posters are a diverse and powerful series of reflections on a period of unrivalled crisis. The finished series is as striking as it is challenging and will be exhibited at KK Outlet throughout July.
100% of all proceeds from poster sales will be donated to a charity focused on just that. Salam LADC, is an organisation working to provide food, heating and clothing to displaced Iraqis and Syrians and promote education among a growing number of children in informal settlements. They provide flexible, effective and non-bureaucratic assistance and fill the gaps where refugees and local communities do not receive sufficient support.
Project founder Yaseen Faik said, “Our hope is to inspire discussion in an inviting and culturally contemporary context. For Iraq and Syria captures an important part of our shared story, and we hope it can both engage and contribute to a meaningful cause.”