|Njideka Akuyili Crosby, 2016 © Brigitte Sire Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London / Venice|
A new work at Brixton station by Nigerian-born, Los Angeles–based artist, Njideka Akunyili Crosby is among installations and paintings commissioned for London’s public art program. Scheduled for next year and known as Art on the Underground, it commemorates the 100th anniversary of the U.K.’s “Representation of the People” Act, which granted voting rights to all men over 21 and women over 30 who owned a suitable amount of property.
The installations by six celebrated women artists will decorate Tube stations and maps and even activate disused platforms, Next City Vanguard wrote in its latest edition.
Recall that the program was announced last December but just taking off with an installation by
British artist Heather Phillipson scheduled to debut June 7. Phillipson’s installation is titled “My name is lettie eggsyrub.” Featuring 12-foot-tall egg sculptures and twelve video screens, the work addresses themes of fertility, overproduction, exploitation and fragility, using video-game-style graphics to “magnify eggs and avian body parts to monstrous proportions,” another reports said.
In addition to Phillipson’s installation and the map cover by Brătescu, the yearlong program also features works such as A “Night Tube” map cover by London-based French artist Marie Jacotey;
A street-level billboard at Southwark station and another Tube map cover, by post-punk artist Linder;
and an as-yet-unspecified work by Nina Wakeford.
Eleanor Pinfield, head of Art on the Underground.
Art on the Underground curator, Kiera Blakey told DesignCurial: “The 2018 programme is an opportunity to bring artists of an international renown to the spaces of our city — not because of, or in spite of, or in celebration of gender. But, because these artists have powerful voices for today and question dominant power structures of the city in myriad ways.…Art on the Underground will use its series of commissions to reframe public space, to allow artists’ voices of diverse backgrounds and generations to underline the message that there is no single women’s voice in art — there are however many urgent voices that can challenge the city’s structures of male power”.
Daily, about 6 million riders use the London Underground.
Also The exhibits promote London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s gender-equality campaign: #BehindEveryGreatCity, which was revealed late last year.