The Twenty SS20 Issue

Sharp: It’s Taken Me All of My Life to Find You

By Angelina Puschkarski

Artist and film maker Karim Zeriahen is showcasing his work in his first solo exhibition at Lazarides Rathbone in Central London from 11th April until 10th May.

It’s Taken Me All of My Life to Find You breaks free from the confines of film, to which Zeriahen previously limited his artistic output. Instead the works in his debut exhibition utilise light, lines and shapes to show movement and emotion in a quest to uncover the creative impetus inside, a force the artist sees quashed by the commercial art world in an exchange for an admiration of the idolatry of branded individuals.

Portrays of five women, Zeriahen’s muses – La Contessa Cristiana Brandolini d’Adda, Julia Peyton Jones, Cecilia Bengolea, Victoire de Pourtales, Marie Donnelly – although from different backgrounds and origin, depicting the same: strenght and freedom, are displayed side by side in the first room of the gallery.

A series of abstract neon shapes reminiscent of the calligraphic scrawling of Cy Twombly will fill the second room of the gallery.

Image by Ian Cox
Image by Ian Cox

 

The main room showcases ‘Give Me Light’, an installation that takes the form of a purpose-built confessional featuring original footage of Kate Moss accompanied by a classical score by Henry Bennett. The model’s figure emerges into focus from white light as ecclesiastically inspired music crescendos, commenting on idolatry, the replacement of religions by the cult of celebrities, the loss of meaning and a persistent obsession of the individual.

Image by Ian Cox
Image by Ian Cox
Image by Ian Cox
Image by Ian Cox

 

Come down to explore (and confess) a powerful exhibition questioning individual identity and our obsession with other individuals through strong neon installations emphasising the depth of our own identity and personality.

 

The gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday.

For more information visit http://www.lazinc.com/