Rachel Ara at the Whitechapel and the Barbican


We are beyond excited that Rachel Ara will be exhibiting at the Whitechapel Gallery this summer as part of the London Open. The triennial open submission exhibition brings together critical and dynamic art that reflects on the experience of living in a global city now.

‘This Much I’m Worth’ – pictured above and previously exhibited at the gallery as part of Controlled Realities and via a live video feed at the London Art Fair 2018 will be on display from 8 June.



Rachel is also working on a new commission for the Barbican which will open on 24 May and has been produced with the help of our wonderful studio neighbours AVR London.

American Beauty (a Trump L’oeil) uses film, poetry, humour and CGI to create an incongruous image that references film history, utopian architecture and contemporary politics. The iconic brutalist architecture of the Barbican becomes a glitch, a window through which we might catch a glimpse into our future. Visitors watch as an orange hairpiece dances in the wind in perpetuity around the Barbican Estate, echoing the iconic scene from Sam Mendes’s American Beauty. The title itself a play on the phrase Trompe L’oeil – [Deceives the Eye]…

You can view and buy Rachel’s work via our Artsy Page

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