Njideka Akunyili Crosby to Feature New Work at the Brixton Underground Station
Nigerian-born, Los Angeles-based artist Njideka Akunyili-Crosby is among a selection of 6 female artists to feature new work at Brixton underground station.
The artist, who was also named a MacArthur fellow this year, has shown works at the Istanbul Biennial and Prospect New Orleans. Akunyili-Crosby now takes on Brixton tube station as part of a year-long programme dedicated to female artists launched by the Art on the Underground. The initiative marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act which enabled men and women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time.
According to Eleanor Pinfield, head of Art on the Underground, “Art on the Underground will underline the message that there is no single women’s voice in art; there are however many urgent voices that can challenge the city’s structures of male power.”
Throughout history, female artists have questioned feminist identities, gender roles and sexual politics to push for social change. The programme will give space to the diverse publics that make up our society, addressing structural gender imbalance, which is prevalent in the arts and in particular the public arts.
The installations by these celebrated female artists will decorate tube stations and maps, as well as activate disused platforms. The works will also tie into London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s gender-equality campaign, #BehindEveryGreatCity, which was revealed late last year. The works will also have mass presence across London; at street level on billboards at Brixton and Southwark, on the cover of over 25 million Tube maps, and in a hugely ambitious sculptural intervention on an 80 metre long platform at Gloucester Road Station. There are almost six million journeys taken on London Underground each day, and this programme will put women at the forefront of public space.
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