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‘Liquid Gender’: What Is Truth? season at The Sainsbury Centre

Sainsbury Centre, Norfolk Road, Norwich, NR4 7TJ

17th February - 4th August

In an exploration of the relationship between gender expression and identity, with a focus on pre-colonial traditions, the Sainsbury Centre will present works by a myriad of internationally acclaimed artists, including new work, UK premieres and new acquisitions.

New Orleans born Rashaad Newsome (b.1979), whose multi-disciplinary work explores black and queer space in art history, will make a new holographic work titled In the Absence of Evidence, We Create Stories (2024) which will look both to the cultural traditions of the past and the possibility of the future. Using objects from the Sainsbury Centre´s own collection, these will be used as part of a visual dialogue with African sculptures that transform into futuristic cyborgs and speak about their past, present and future.

In a UK premiere, American artist Martine Gutierrez (b.1989) will showcase her Demons (2018) series in its entirety which depicts the artist as a deity from Aztec, Maya and Yorùbá traditions. Part of her ‘Indigenous Woman’ publication, a 146-page art magazine inspired by glossy magazines, the images are infused with androgynous characteristics.

Afro-indigenous photographer Laryssa Machada (b.1993) and Indigenous creative Antônio Vital Neto Pankararu document queer Indigenous identities in the Brazilian Northeast in Origem (2020), a series of photographic portraits overlaid with Indigenous motifs accessible through an augmented reality (AR) application designed by pioneering Bolivian digital artist Lucia Grossberger Morales (b. 1952). The result of a research project at the University of Leeds, it draws on centuries of both visibility and oppression of queer people in Brazil.

When artist Leilah Babirye (b.1985) sought asylum in the US after being publicly outed in her native Uganda, she saw drag queens for the first time, which inspired a series of vibrant works on paper. A group of these titled Kuchu Ndagamuntu (Queer Identity Card) (2021), which depicts the many faces and identities of her ambiguously gendered subjects will be presented. One of these works has also now been acquired by the Sainsbury Centre – thanks to funding from the Art Fund’s New Collecting Award - and will join the permanent collection.

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Opening Times

Tuesday - Friday

9.00 - 18.00 (exhibitions open 9.30am)

Saturday - Sunday

10.00 - 17.00

Closed Mondays, including bank holidays

Prices

Our Universal Ticket grants access to the permanent collection, lower and mezzanine galleries, and Sculpture Park. Tickets operate on a ‘Pay If and What You Can’ basis.

Facilities

Baby Changing

Café

Car Parking

Disabled Access

Picnic Site

Toilets

Other things to do nearby

28th Mar 10:00am - 4:00pm

Super Saturday at World Horse Welfare Hall Farm

Join us for a fun packed day, meet the ponies & join in our activities including groom a pony and tractor/trailer rides.

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17th Mar 10:00am - 4:00pm

Super Sunday at World Horse Welfare Hall Farm

Join us for a fun packed day, meet the ponies & join in our activities including groom a pony and tractor/trailer rides.

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10th Apr 10:00am - 4:00pm

Wacky Wednesday at World Horse Welfare Hall Farm

Join us for a fun packed day, meet the ponies & join in our activities including groom a pony and tractor/trailer rides.

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3rd Apr 10:00am - 4:00pm

Wacky Wednesday at World Horse Welfare Hall Farm

Join us for a fun packed day, meet the ponies & join in our activities including groom a pony and tractor/trailer rides.

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World Horse Welfare Hall Farm

Come along for a great value for money day out. We have over 100 horses & ponies undergoing rehabilitation on the farm.

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24th Feb - 4th Aug

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In his first ever UK solo exhibition, American artist Jeffrey Gibson (b.1972) will create a new site-specific installation for the Sainsbury Centre.

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18th May - 20th Oct

‘The Camera Never Lies – Challenging images through The Incite Project’: What Is Truth? season at The Sainsbury Centre

Re-evaluating some of the most iconic images of the past 100 years will be an exhibition dedicated to the impact and influence photography has had on shaping – and in some cases misdirecting – the narrative of major global events.

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17th Feb - 4th Aug

‘In Event of Moon Disaster’: What Is Truth? season at The Sainsbury Centre

The programme kicks off with an Emmy Award-winning interactive experience that is a deep dive into misinformation and conspiracy.

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The Sainsbury Centre is a genre-defying art museum with world-class collections and a unique perspective on how art can foster cultural dialogue and exchange.

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