Lives & works: UK
British artist and curator Andrew Cross visited Mogadishu, Somalia, in 2013 with Somali born friend and architect, Rashid Ali. Cross was the first person allowed to photograph the interior of the National Assembly Building in Mogadishu since the outbreak of civil war in the 1990s, and from this first visit to an African ‘zone of conflict’ a series of photographs were created which were later to be exhibited as a central feature of Cross’ 2015 exhibition at Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate.
The project originated from Cross and Ali’s much larger collaborative project Mogadishu – Lost Moderns, which had been commissioned by, and first shown at the Mosaic Rooms/A.M. Qattan Foundation in 2014 as an exploration of the endurance of architectural legacies after the upheaval of the city’s recent past, and in the context of a newly modern and post-colonial Somalia.The Mogadishu-Lost Moderns project has subsequently been shown at Dak’art 2014 and Kennedy Art Museum, University of Ohio 2016.
Andrew Cross’ solo exhibitions include Some Trains In America, at Barbican Centre, London (2002); Foreign Power, at the Soap Factory, Minneapolis (2004); Passage, at the Foundling Museum, London (2007) and Turner Contemporary, Margate (2008); The Solo and other works at Mummery+Schnelle, London (2011); Vancouver Contemporary Art Gallery (2012) and Mogadishu – Lost Moderns (with Rashid Ali) at the Mosaic Rooms, London (2014).
Group exhibitions include Institute of Cultural Anxiety at the ICA, London (1994); Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London (1998); Still Film (Artprojx) at Tate Britain, London; Artist’s Film: Landscape at Haunch of Venison, London (2008); A Green and Pleasant Land? Rural Life in Art at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston (2015), and Encounters Beyond Borders at Kennedy Museum of Art, University of Ohio (2016).
Curatorial projects include Anomie with Douglas Gordon, Christian Marcley and Catherine Yass (and others) at Patent House, London (1999); Real Places?, at Westfalischer Kunstverein, Munster (2000) and A Bucolic Frolic, Mummery+Schnelle, London (2012).
Andrew Cross has works in many private and public collections including V&A Museum, London; Southampton City Art Gallery; Ernst & Young, London and Microsoft, Seattle USA. He lives in London and is Associate Lecturer in Photography at Southampton Solent University.
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