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. In 2003 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.
“The Past is Never Dead…” a major solo exhibition exploring the architecture of the Slave Forts of the ‘Gold Coast’ will be presented by Gallery 1957, Accra, from 17 October – December 3, 2019
From 26 February – 25 May 2020 Sir John Soane’s Museum, London will host an extensive exhibition of works by Langlands & Bell borrowed from private and public collections across the UK, together with new works made specially for the exhibition.