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A-side B-side Gallery presents:


London’s art showcase brings together artists of various mediums in an effort to unite and promote the capital’s underground art scene

Curated by Marina Antonova

Private View: Monday 14th July 6 - 10pm

Show Dates: 14.07.14 - 21.07.14

Gallery Open: 12 - 6pm Thurs - Sun

A-side B-side Gallery

Hackney Downs Studios

Amhurst Terrace


Rap-Art is a hip-hop music and photography evening for UK based performing artists to come and showcase their talents within the confinements of photographic art works reflective of their lifestyles. After grime loudly burst into the scene and then quietly stopped its steady evolvement, UK hip-hop’s natural evolution produced a ‘new-age’ rap that is more embracing and reflective of the culture’s current state; one which has become a portmanteau of British hedonism irrespective of class, race or age. Whilst young up and coming rappers from across the pond manage to successfully bring this new sound over to the UK and fill the venues to full capacity, UK’s own hip-hop artists are still being identified with grime or dub, which is often no longer the case. Rap-Art aims to continue to redefine the live scene of hip-hop sounds and showcase niche artists that remain neglected despite their creative brilliance.

The new generation of UK rappers sees itself as one of breaking barriers between various art mediums and collaborating with artists of all genres rather than solely within music. As hip-hop related exhibitions are starting to appear in other parts of the world and Jay Z brings hip- hop sounds into gallery space in his videos while Pharrell curates an art exhibition in Paris, Rap-Art UK is an event where underground photography and music will consciously come together. Displaying images from subjects’ personal archives, the photographic sequence exhibited at the event will promote the hip-hop that is less about aggressive rebellion and more about the love for making music and uniting different backgrounds.

Rap-Art is as much about relating to art in a gallery space, as it is a welcome musical refuge from the stresses of everyday lives.




For further info or images contact: catherine@asidebsidegallery.com +447792126195 or marinaantonova@forwarda.co.uk +447837630467