Medieval-City One

17 June – 2 September 2017



An Accompanying Booklet for this exhibition, ‘MC-1 Codex’ can be bought from our online shop

Larry Achiampong & David Blandy
Ashley Holmes
Georgia Horgan
Pil and Galia Kollectiv
Medieval helpdesk (Lara Eggleton & David Steans)

Medieval-City One is a group exhibition and series of events that seeks to think about the future in a Medieval state of mind. Taking its title from Judge Dredd’s Mega-City One, the project invites artists to imagine a proposed city state formed from misunderstood and appropriated remnants of the past. Through newly commissioned video and installation works, the contributing artists deal with the constructs of bureaucracy, colonialism, national identity, immigration, ethnicity, posthumanism, the gendered body, and tourism.

The exhibition is an opportunity to re-appraise notions of the Medieval in popular cultural imagination, commonly functioning as an oppressive site for vicarious realities, and instead considering the idea of the Medieval as a ‘Middle Age’ between what came before and what comes next.

This exhibition is part of a programme of exhibitions and events at Two Queens across 2016-18 kindly supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Leicester City Council and De Montfort University.

Larry Achiampong, (b.1984, UK), lives and works in London
Recent exhibitions include: ‘Histories of a Vanishing Present: A Prologue’, The Mistake Room, California (2016) ‘The Chimurenga Library: The Pan African Space Station’ – The Showroom, London (2015) ‘Residual: traces of the black body’ – New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2015)

David Blandy (b.1976, UK), lives and works in London
Recent exhibitions include: ‘Untitled: Art on the conditions of our time’, New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2017), ‘Public View’, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool (2017) ‘Here Come A new Challenger’, Cubitt, London (2016),

Ashley Holmes (b.1990, Luton, UK), lives and works in Sheffield.
Recent exhibitions include: ‘Shape Up’, Losers Gym, Nottingham (2017), ‘Dot Dot Dit Dit Dot Dot Dash’, Site Gallery, Sheffield (2017), ‘Post Digital’, No End Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (2016)

Georgia Horgan (b. 1991, UK) lives and works in Glasgow
Recent exhibitions include: ‘All Whores are Jacobites’, Public Exhibitions, London (2017), ‘Georgia Horgan & Clunie Reid’, Celine, Glasgow (2016) ‘Neo-Pagan-Bitch-Witch!’, Evelyn Yard, London (2016)

Pil and Galia Kollectiv (b. Israel) live and work in London
Recent exhibitions include: ‘Progress Report from the Strategic Sanctuary for the Destruction of Free Will’, Pump House Gallery, London (2016), ‘I Won’t Do What You Tell Me’, Kunst Vardo, Ram Gallery, Oslo (2016), ‘Mirrorcity’, Hayward Gallery, London (2014)

Medieval helpdesk (2015 – ongoing) is an art, writing and exhibition project by art historian and writer Lara Eggleton and artist David Steans.

Lara Eggleton (b. 1980, St Catharines, Canada) lives and works in Leeds
Recent projects and publications include: ‘Postcolonising the Medieval Image’, Routledge (2017), ‘Corridor8 art writing programme’ (2016-18), ‘Conscious Coupling’, The Double Negative/The Royal Standard (2016), ‘The Follies of Youth’, Pavilion, Leeds (2015-16).

David Steans (b. 1984, Stockport, UK) lives and works in Leeds
Recent exhibitions and events include: ‘Crime World’, The Tetley, Leeds (2017), ‘North by North West Poetry Tour’, City Screen, York (2017), ‘Mould Map 6 – TERRAFORMERS’, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham (2016)