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 of new artworks exploring the architecture of the Slave Castles of the Ghanaian ‘Gold Coast’ opens at Gallery 1957, Accra, from 17 October – December 3, 2019. The exhibition coincides with Ghana’s “Year of Return” marking the 400 anniversary of “the Middle Passage” the voyage whereby millions of captive Africans were transported to a life of slavery in the Americas and is curated by Jonathan Watkins, director of Ikon, Birmingham.