The intestines, cut out with adamant and thrown from warm belly to the tomb-cold steel tray were left out for a long time, barely shaded. The tray became warmer than the beast’s blood, black foam surrounded the pellucid flesh and in it grew a soupy vapour. At first it touched on the putrid matter, swathed in decrepit gown, from there it departed silently and split open above a congealed pool of oil, akh,the poisonous sound of a bezoar dropping into fuscous liquor. Text by Thea Smith
Jala Wahid: Akh Milk Bile Threat 9th September to 14th October 2017 PV Friday 8th September 6pm Seventeen 270-276 Kingsland Road London E8 4DG www.seventeengallery.com
About The Artist Jala Wahid (b.1988) is an artist based in London, UK, and is co-founder of SALT. magazine. Previous group exhibitions include ‘Basic Instinct’, Seventeen, London; ‘CONDO’, The Sunday Painter, London; and ‘Promise Me’, Jupiter Woods, London. www.jalawahid.com
I’ve followed Seventeen closely since it was established in 2006 by former artist David Hoyland at 17 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch – retaining the name when it edged into Dalston by moving a mile up the road to the less snappily numbered block 270-276.
‘Suture’, the opening exhibition at Niru Ratnam Gallery, brings together the work of three artists, Kobby Adi, Lydia Blakeley and Jala Wahid. The exhibition is loosely structured around the notion of suture.