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Complementing START’s ethos of presenting up and coming artists and galleries are a series of curated projects. START Projects reflect the fair’s global agenda and reputation of combining credible and critically acclaimed exhibitions alongside compelling gallery showcases.

The aim is to offer the START audience an alternative, engaging art fair experience that also provides artists with a dynamic global platform which generates stimulating dialogues with other artists, art-world figures, collectors and influencers. 

Portrait of Nat Bowen

Chim↑Pom

ChimPom is an artist collective, which formed in 2005 and won the Overall Best Emerging Artist at the 2015 edition of the Prudential Eye Awards for Contemporary Asian Art. 

ChimPom makes work about post-Fukushima Japan and deliberately employs humour and subversion to address themes such as nuclear and natural disasters and how society might re-emerge afterwards.

In 2015, they opened their artist-run space "Garter" in Tokyo to curate and showcase work by many of their contemporaries. They also initiated, organized, and participated in the international exhibition “Don’t Follow the Wind,” which was launched on March 11, 2015, in Fukushima inside the nuclear exclusion zone created after the 2011 nuclear disaster.

teamLab

teamLab is an Ultra-Technologists group made up of specialists including programmers (user interface engineers, database engineers, network engineers, hardware engineers, computer vision engineers, software architects), mathematicians, architects, CG animators, web designers, graphic designers and artists.

teamLab aims to explore a new relationship between humans and nature, and between oneself and the world through art.

This was their first solo presentation in London and consisted of a fully immersive environment featuring three individual works. 

Lucy Morrish - St. George and the Dragon
2019 Projects - Michelle Poonawall

Mahmoud
Obaidi

The Iraqi-born artist Mahmoud Obaidi (b.1966 Baghdad) is a multi-disciplinary artist who spends his time between Qatar and Canada. Much of his recent practice is rooted in exploring the recent history of Iraq. “I am originally from an area that has been through turbulent times,” he has said, “therefore, my work and research results in a commentary on this subject through the media I work with.”

At START, Obaidi’s presentation entitled Baghdad Manifesto used domestic appliances such as kitchen knives and sink plungers to create darkly humorous objects that gesture towards the recent history of conflict in Iraq.

Jethro
Buck

Jethro Buck is a painter with a special interest in Indian miniature painting. He applies Traditional techniques to explore and celebrate the natural world often using hand ground natural pigments.

He received his Masters degree in Traditional Arts from the Princes School of Traditional Arts (2014) and was awarded the Ciclitira prize for outstanding work.

"My work is essentially an exploration of Nature and a celebration of life and beauty. I paint in order to explore, to seek truth and find joy in the process.

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Future Island

‘Future Island’ captured the forward-thinking and unique identity of the vibrant contemporary art scene in Taiwan. Mehta Bell Projects presented a diverse selection of engaging artworks produced by a young generation of emerging Taiwanese artists.

Each artist investigated notions of identity, environment, and the unique position of Taiwanese culture in a contemporary context. These artists seek to create independent and striking visual ways of communicating their sense of self, and engage with the social and political influences and traditions that have infiltrated their society.

Liu Bolin

“A Disappearing Act"

Mehta Bell Projects were delighted to present a unique performance by Liu Bolin. Whilst the iconic photographic artworks by the artist are much acclaimed and collected, Bolin has often referred to his practice as a performance, yet there is very little live exposure of these physical performances. It is this fascinating aspect of the artist's oeuvre that was highlighted at START 2017 in a live performance. This was the first time that Bolin's work was showcased as a time-based performance in the context of an art fair.

Click here to watch the video of his performance.

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2019 Projects - Philip Colbert

Philip
Colbert

Living and working in London, Colbert is known for his multidisciplinary approach, creating a "World of Art". Deeply entwined with pop theory, Colbert works across the mediums of painting, sculpture, clothing, furniture and design. He has been described as "the Godson of Andy Warhol" by Andre Leon Talley. Colbert's sculptural work includes his infamous wearable artworks, such as the "Urinal Dress”, “Meat Dress” & “Washing Machine Dress", many of which are in important public and private collections worldwide.

teamLab

Lucy Morrish - King Solomon and the Queen of ShibaLucy Morrish - King Solomon and the Queen of Shiba

teamLab is an Ultra-Technologists group made up of specialists including programmers (user interface engineers, database engineers, network engineers, hardware engineers, computer vision engineers, software architects), mathematicians, architects, CG animators, web designers, graphic designers and artists.  

teamLab aims to explore a new relationship between humans and nature, and between oneself and the world through art.

This was their first solo presentation in London and consisted of a fully immersive environment featuring three individual works.


Chim↑Pom

Nat Bowen artworkNat Bowen artwork

ChimPom is an artist collective, which formed in 2005 and won the Overall Best Emerging Artist at the 2015 edition of the Prudential Eye Awards for Contemporary Asian Art.

ChimPom makes work about post-Fukushima Japan and deliberately employs humour and subversion to address themes such as nuclear and natural disasters and how society might re-emerge afterwards.

In 2015, they opened their artist-run space "Garter" in Tokyo to curate and showcase work by many of their contemporaries. They also initiated, organized, and participated in the international exhibition “Don’t Follow the Wind,” which was launched on March 11, 2015, in Fukushima inside the nuclear exclusion zone created after the 2011 nuclear disaster.

Mahmoud Obaidi

Michelle PoonawallaMichelle Poonawalla

The Iraqi-born artist Mahmoud Obaidi (b.1966 Baghdad) is a multi-disciplinary artist who spends his time between Qatar and Canada. Much of his recent practice is rooted in exploring the recent history of Iraq. “I am originally from an area that has been through turbulent times,” he has said, “therefore, my work and research results in a commentary on this subject through the media I work with.”

At START, Obaidi’s presentation entitled Baghdad Manifesto used domestic appliances such as kitchen knives and sink plungers to create darkly humorous objects that gesture towards the recent history of conflict in Iraq.

His work is held in public collections including Mathaf: Museum of Modern Arab Art, Doha; Museums of Modern Art, Amman, Baghdad and Quebec; Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah and Tidi Gallery Collection, New York. This was his first solo presentation in the UK.

Future Island

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‘Future Island’ captured the forward-thinking and unique identity of the vibrant contemporary art scene in Taiwan. Mehta Bell Projects presented a diverse selection of engaging artworks produced by a young generation of emerging Taiwanese artists.

Each artist investigated notions of identity, environment, and the unique position of Taiwanese culture in a contemporary context. These artists seek to create independent and striking visual ways of communicating their sense of self, and engage with the social and political influences and traditions that have infiltrated their society.

Jethro Buck

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Jethro Buck is a painter with a special interest in Indian miniature painting. He applies Traditional techniques to explore and celebrate the natural world often using hand ground natural pigments. 

He received his Masters degree in Traditional Arts from the Princes School of Traditional Arts (2014) and was awarded the Ciclitira prize for outstanding work.

"My work is essentially an exploration of Nature and a celebration of life and beauty. I’m far more comfortable painting this sentiment than I am saying it. I paint in order to explore, to seek truth and find joy in the process.

All images © Jethro Buck 2015. All rights reserved.

Liu Bolin

Korean Eye 2020 teaser

“A Disappearing Act"

Mehta Bell Projects were delighted to present a unique performance by Liu Bolin. Whilst the iconic photographic artworks by the artist are much acclaimed and collected, Bolin has often referred to his practice as a performance, yet there is very little live exposure of these physical performances. It is this fascinating aspect of the artist's oeuvre that was highlighted at START 2017 in a live performance. 

This was the first time that Bolin's work was showcased as a time-based performance in the context of an art fair.

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