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 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.
“Langlands & Bell: Degrees of Truth” a major exhibition featuring artworks borrowed from private and public collections across the UK and new artworks made specially is installed in dialogue with the historic collection at Sir John Soane’s Museum, London until 3 January 2021.
“Curators Signatures” is a new solo exhibition opening at CCA Kitakyushu, Japan, from 16 November 2020 until 22 January 2021.
“The Past is Never Dead…” their major solo exhibition curated by Jonathan Watkins exploring the architecture of the ‘Slave Castles’ of the Ghanaian ‘Gold Coast’, will open at Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana, in 2021.