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PRESS RELEASE

 

RAP–ART

                             A series of showcase events where, for an evening,

                    emerging visual and Hip-Hop  artists meet in a gallery space.

 

Curated by Marina Antonova

Private View: Friday 20th February 7 - 10pm

Show Dates: 18.02.15 - 23.02.15

Gallery Open: 12 - 6pm Thurs - Sun

A-side B-side Gallery

Hackney Downs Studios

Amhurst Terrace

E8 2BT LONDON


Due to the warm reception of its first evening, Rap-Art is back as a space and time where all are welcome to come together and absorb ‘art’ without being weary of the concept. By placing hip-hop sounds into gallery spaces ordinarily frequented by people unfamiliar with the genre’s evolved acoustic essence, the project hopes to expose the viewers to undiscovered music experiences.


Nour Tohme, the name behind the Draw Me A Song art project, is the visual artist of the night. Nour’s art print creations and illustrations of iconic songs, signed and brought for the event from Paris, explore “the fusion between music and visual art… and visually bring to life some of the world’s most famous songs”, including The Weeknd’s ‘Wicked Games’ created especially for Rap-Art in limited edition.


Whilst showcasing contemporary artists and musicians, Rap-Art transcends the traditional barriers between different mediums, this time digital and musical, and unites ‘high art’ with the ‘underground’. Since black music live scene blossomed in Soho in 1950s and its evolved sub genres have been pushed out into the suburbs, Rap-Art is dedicated to slowly moving the music back towards the capital’s centre and showcasing niche artists to as many people as possible. The evening welcomes performances from The Contract, Dee Riginal, DIPS and Richie Saps.


Amidst everything that has been happening around the world, Rap-Art sets out to search and bring together diverse backgrounds and open minds, this time introducing a French visual artist and London’s own musical talents.


The event is free of charge and remains to be as much about relating to art in a gallery space as about being a musical refuge from the stresses of everyday lives.