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 after meeting at art school. They are based in London 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, London.
From 4 March until 31 May 2020 “Langlands & Bell: Degrees of Truth” will open at Sir John Soane’s Museum, London. A major exhibition featuring artworks borrowed from private and public collections across the UK and new artworks made specially for the exhibition installed together in dialogue with Sir John Soane’s historic collection.
“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, opens at Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana, from 16 May 2020.