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28 OCTOBER — 27 NOVEMBER 2021

OPENING RECEPTION

WEDNESDAY, 27 OCTOBER, 6-8PM


BIDDING ENDED – NFT dropped on Foundation

BRAVE NEW WORLD NFT

Featuring Kai-Isaiah Jamal (developed in collaboration with Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones)

24H AUCTION ON FOUNDATION

24 SEPTEMBER – 25 SEPTEMBER 2021

AUCTION HAS ENDED

Annka Kultys is pleased to present « Brave New World », a 3D NFT that was auctioned on Foundation for 24 hours starting on Friday, 24 September 2021, at 6pm. Developed in collaboration with the artists Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, the NFT features Kai-Isaiah Jamal, a London-raised non-binary BIPOC campaigner, poet, fashion model and member of the LGBTQ+ community.  « Brave New World » made history when it appeared on the cover of the Evening Standard Magazine on 17 September, 2021 at the start of London Fashion Week.  Never before had there been an NFT of the black, non-binary, politicised body on the cover of a printed magazine. 

« Brave New World » is a looping 40-second video focused on Kai Isaiah Jamal, feet spread, one arm akimbo, gazing into the distance atop a rocky mesa set in a dystopian futurescape; all cold, dark, shiny metallic mountains, floating stone asteroids and mist-covered oceans, beneath epic cloud-strewn skies, off which reflects the light of a dawning sun.  And it is in this sense that the NFT echoes Aldous Huxley’s seminal novel of the same name, where the protagonist John, also known as The Savage, is seen as an outsider in both his native world of the Mesoamerican-style Indian reservation in California where he was raised, as well as in the ostensibly civilised yet totalitarian World State that dominates the earth in the novel; its notions of otherness and alienation drawing obvious parallels with the treatment of queer, trans and non-binary people in today’s society.

Jamal appears in « Brave New World » resplendent in a leopard-print coat as the camera revolves around them, while in the voiceover they note: “ Nothing truly lasts for ever, I chuckle.  But this body, they repeat.  Which I don’t truly understand, because I have lived in so many bodies, I know my soul has travelled into enough vessels, and needed to, before arriving in mine.  This loop of life cannot be restrained by what your soul sits inside.”  

Jamal, who is referred to by the pronouns they/them, made waves in the fashion industry through Stella McCartney’s 2019 breast cancer campaign, for which they wrote a poem about how the disease can affect the trans community. The Evening Standard shoot was at London’s FBFX headquarters, where costumes have been made for films like Guardians of the Galaxy.

This 3D NFT was commissioned by the Evening Standard. Project in association with Phillips Auction, and presented at Annka Kultys Gallery from 24 – 25 September 2021.  Proceeds from the sale will be donated to The Felix Project, an organisation fighting hunger across London.

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[The art happens here] is Annka Kultys Gallery’s online platform dedicated to the showcasing of digital art in its natural habitat, so to speak .  The creation In 2020 of [The art happens here] provides a natural extension to the gallery’s offline programme which has as one of its strengths the presentation of “digital natives” or artists making art that engages with technology and the internet. 

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The Financial Times has mentioned Annka Kultys Gallery as one of an “eclectic mix of early adopters” to have embraced digital art in an article on how London has become a crypto-art capital, written by Alex Estorick. The article explains the rise of London as an epicentre of the recent digital boom, within which digital art and boundary-breaking creative initiatives can flourish.

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Jasper Spires from FAD Magazine has reviewed Kate Bickmore’s In Season, the recent RCA graduate’s first solo exhibition in the UK, on show at Annka Kultys Gallery. The review follows a studio visit, when the author remarked on the works’ “powerful surreality”, and leads to an incisive exploration of how the paintings engage with the subject of femininity.

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Gretchen Andrew’s solo show Other Forms of Travel at Annka Kultys Gallery is reviewed in the Art Newspaper. The Art Newspaper named Gretchen Andrew’s first solo exhibition at Annka Kultys Gallery in the “Three shows to see in London this weekend”. Louisa Buck and Kabir Jhala note: “Eight collage-on-canvas assemblage works embody “vision boards”, representing Andrew’s life goals, insecurities and dreams. But beneath these knowing winks at the gallery system, a deeper glitching is taking place.”

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4K Zen: Stine Deja – An exclusive week-long streaming on Art Review online platform. Art-Lovers Move Club presented Stine Deja’s video 4K Zen, a two part project originally commissioned for the Roskilde Festival in Denmark in 2017, then at Annka Kultys Gallery’s booth at Code Art Fair.

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Lindsay Howard, curator and Head of Community at Foundation, has interviewed Signe Pierce, represented by Annka Kultys Gallery since 2017, to coincide with the groundbreaking launch of the Foundation platform, for which Pierce has created its first-ever NFT. Pierce and her interviewer, Lindsay Howard discuss the fundamental paradox of reality: everyone perceives it individually, and yet these unique encounters form a collective experience. Says Pierce of her entry into the crypto sphere: “It makes sense to be getting into crypto and getting into new avenues for art valuation because these are things that are really core to my idea of what it means to be an artist. It’s about uplifting and upholding value for art, as well as creating new spaces within our era, which are reflective of what’s happening right now. 

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