About Hands

Photography and Sculpture

9th March- 4th April

Koop Projects. Brighton

We are pleased to present an exhibition about hands and the stories they tell. Cutting across photography and sculpture the exhibition includes a selection of images from Agenda Brown’s series HAND and sculptures by three female artists: Olu Atere, Kerry Lemon and Arabel Lebrusan who work with diverse materials such as clay, wax, bronze, wood and paper. 

We are pleased to announce a presentation of photography and sculpture by artists from Lagos, London and Brighton.  A selection of images from the series HAND by photographer and visual storyteller Agenda Brown is the starting point for an exploration of the inherent sculptural qualities of hands and sculptures that hands make: “There’s a universal truth in hands that expands on the idea of narrative and communication held in the body that have been core to my practice.” Our hands often speak for us in an unselfconscious way, to join bits of conversation together, punctuate emotion, and add layers of expression that shortcut, emphasise and signpost – they are our only other formal tool of expression.  

Kerry Lemon, Olu Atere and Arabel Lebruson are sculptors working with materials as diverse as clay, bronze, glass, wood and wax. This will be the first time that the ceramicist Olu Atere will have her work exhibited in the United Kingdom. Central to Olu’s work are personal and universal exchanges. Each piece is a simultaneous extension of happenings, history, imagination and curiosity; a bridge between the artist and society. 

Kerry Lemon is known for her monumental public sculptures and installations. Her cross disciplinary approach responds to local plant life, landscape and histories. Her active exhibition practice explores diverse materials from common roots: the examination and invention of native/invasive plant species to reflect climate change, migration, bio-ethics and the commonality of womxn and flora.  

Arabel Lebrusan is a visual artist working mainly in sculpture and installations. Focusing on transforming materials into physical metaphors her objects function as social commentary. Through material culture and the ‘feminine’ tactile environment, she investigates wider issues of power relationships, exploitation and inequality.