Protests To The Paranormal: November's Most Talked About Art Exhibitions

Tabish Khan
By Tabish Khan Last edited 30 months ago
Protests To The Paranormal: November's Most Talked About Art Exhibitions

November may not be as hectic as October for art, but it still has some cracking exhibitions. We’ve picked a mixture of ones that are grabbing the headlines and others we think are worth a look. All are free to visit.

One of the artists friend's playing in a nine-screen installation. © Ragnar Kjartansson Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik. Photo: Elísabet Davids

The Visitors at Brewer Street car park
This musical nine-screen installation is spine-tingling. Ragnar Kjartansson and friends sing and play along to a powerful and emotional song. The fact that each participant is filmed in a different room creates a surround sound experience that morphs as you move around the space. Until 6 December

Londonist Rating: ★★★★★

Joy Gerrard: Protest Crowd at Peer UK
Protests from around the world are recreated in these large scale detailed drawings and paintings. Up close they become abstract, but from a distance they make for powerful pieces. Until 28 November

Londonist Rating: ★★★★☆

Willem Weismann: Alphabet Soup at Bow Arts: Nunnery Gallery
A collection of paintings where the dark ones draw you in and the bright works positively leap off the canvas. Visitors also have the opportunity to photocopy part of a painting and take it home with them, questioning the role of reproduction in art. Until 20 December

Londonist Rating: ★★★★☆

A distinctive dark landscape by Adam Lee. Courtesy and copyright the artist and Beers London

Adam Lee: A Long Obedience at Beers London
This Australian painter takes cues from the greats such as Van Gogh and Munch, but he's created a distinctive style of his own in these dusky and evocative landscapes. Until 19 December

Londonist Rating: ★★★★☆

Carmignac Photojournalism Award at Saatchi Gallery
Powerful photography from around the world, including a portrait of a face of a man emerging from the darkness; he was badly burned for his political views. Many of the works leave a lasting impression, but others are quite forgettable. Until 13 December

Londonist Rating: ★★★☆☆

George Barber: Fences makes senses at Waterside Contemporary
A highly topical exhibition which looks at how bizarre the treatment of migrants appears when it's acted out by middle class Brits. From conversations about buying a dinghy to cross the sea, to being refused entry at a border checkpoint. It's humorous but also makes a punchy statement. Until 12 December

Londonist Rating: ★★★★☆

Voices of the Winter Hearth at The Belfry, St John on Bethnal Green
Up in the belfry of this church comes the 'sequel' to an excellent exhibition on the theme of autumn. This time it's all about winter; and a mixture of candles, photography and vegetation had us feeling the cold as we listened to a soundtrack of an owl and the wind whistling by. Pure immersion. Until 30 November

Londonist Rating: ★★★★☆

Susan Hiller at Lisson Gallery
Spooky goings on in this show dedicated to the paranormal. Clips from movies covering possession and telekinesis mingle with photographs of people's auras and samples of water from sacred sites. Science meets pseudo-science in this fascinating exploration. Until 9 January.

Londonist Rating: ★★★★☆

World Press Photo 2015 at Royal Festival Hall
Back in its usual location, this year charts everything happening across the world over the past year — from refugees to sporting achievements. Marvel at perfect photography and recall the stories that made the headlines. Be warned: the pictures from the downed Malaysian airlines plane in Ukraine are particularly graphic and harrowing. Until 29 November.

Londonist Rating: ★★★★☆

Last Updated 20 November 2015

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