Stall(s) of Fame
Tiwani Contemporary is pleased to present Stall(s) of Fame, Gareth Nyandoro’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. This is the first time that this new body of work will be exhibited in the UK, following a solo presentation at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, in the summer of 2017, produced by SAM Art Projects. Stall(s) of Fame is an immersive installation, partly inspired by the urban landscape of Paris. Nyandoro’s new large works on paper, at once graphic and sculptural, cover the floor and take the shape of a quintessentially Parisian urban structure: the Bouquiniste stands, wooden boxes used as second-hand bookshops and scattered along the banks of the Seine. Since their inception in the 12th century, these portable bookshops - the earliest examples of which pre-date the invention of the printing press in 1450 - have actively contributed to the diffusion of new ideas. Well-loved by tourists today, these precursors of mobile commercial practices embody early connections between innovation, mobility and intellectual enlightenment. They also evoke the informal market economy that has been a great source of inspiration for Nyandoro in recent years: most of his output is inspired by markets and street vendors, whose aesthetic flair and sense of entrepreneurship he has always admired.