Brad Pinnock’s solo exhibition “Teacher, Nuh Teach Me Nuh Nonsense” at New Local Space (NLS).
Pinnock visits local betting houses where he collects ephemera such as betting slips, gambling receipts and cigarette boxes to create motifs within his art that “investigates the human predicament, particularly as it relates to black people’s psychological struggles and the gamble of living under the continued effects of coloniality”. His horse and rider motifs are made as metaphors of a long colonial tradition in which “like horses, black people have been bred, sold and exploited for profit”. Pinnock contemplates the history of animal experiments in the field of behaviourism, particularly those studies done in Operant Conditioning. His video and collage work draw from archival footage and photographs to further unpack how these mechanisms have been routinely exploited in politics and mass media.
The exhibition title is a nod to well-known Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose hypnotic track, “Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense” (1980) tackles many of the same themes addressed in Pinnock’s work. Pinnock’s exhibition at NLS includes a large-scale outdoor horse sculpture of steel, wire and found materials, in conversation with smaller horse sculptures set in relation to the surrounding architecture. Also included in the exhibition is an immersive indoor installation which employs collage, designed objects and video.
New Local Space
190 Mountain View Ave
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