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 in London. They are based in London and Kent and have exhibited widely internationally since the early 1980s. Their art examines human societal relations by exploring the structures we inhabit and the networks of communication and exchange that surround us. It ranges from film, video and digital media to sculpture, installation, and full-scale architecture.
In 2002 Langlands & Bell were commissioned by the Imperial War Museum, London to research The Aftermath of September 11 and the War in Afghanistan. They were awarded a BAFTA and shortlisted for the Turner Prize for The House of Osama bin Laden the trilogy of art works that resulted from their visit.
From March 2020 – January 2021 Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, hosted Langlands & Bell : Degrees of Truth the museum’s most extensive exhibition of contemporary art to date.
The Past is Never Dead… a major solo exhibition exploring the architecture of the slave castles of Ghana, curated by Jonathan Watkins, opened at Gallery 1957, Accra, from 20 May – 12 July 2021.