Artists, Ben Langlands & Nikki Bell explore the complex web of relationships linking people and architecture and the coded systems of communications and exchange we use to negotiate a fast changing technological world.
Langlands & Bell began collaborating in 1978 while still at art school. They are based in London and Kent in the UK and have exhibited widely internationally since the early 1980s. Their art examines human relationships from the personal to the political by exploring the structures we inhabit and the networks of communication and exchange that surround us. It ranges from film, video and digital media projects to sculpture, installation, and full-scale architecture.
In 2002 Langlands & Bell were commissioned as “War Artists” to visit Afghanistan. They won a BAFTA and were shortlisted for the Turner Prize for The House of Osama bin Laden the trilogy of art works that resulted from their visit. Recently they unveiled Beauty < Immortality a permanent installation at Piccadilly Circus Underground station in London.
The Past is Never Dead… a major solo exhibition exploring the architecture of the ‘Slave Castles’ of the Ghanaian ‘Gold Coast’ curated by Jonathan Watkins at Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana, will open from 20 May – 2 July 2021.