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This Week 16-22 January
Image Credit: Alexander Baxevanis

This Week 16-22 January

16 January 2017 Belphoebe New

The weather is feeling pretty biting at the moment, but luckily this week there are plenty of events to warm you up and keep you occupied. From elaborate light festivals through to groundbreaking exhibitions and free comedy, we explore the greatest events coming to the capital.

Terrains of the Body at The Whitechapel Gallery
 
The Whitechapel Gallery’s latest exhibition explores the photography of some of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists. Drawn from Washington’s National Museum of the Arts, this exhibition focuses on the work of seventeen women and their methods of using the female body as a medium for storytelling, whether in a domestic setting or across expansive landscapes. With big names such as Marina Abramović, Nan Goldin and Rineke Dijkstra, this fascinating exhibition is not to be missed.
 
Terrains of the Body opens 18 January at The Whitechapel Gallery, entrance is free. Find out more here.


Icelandic Love Corporation - Where Do We Go from Here? 2000 National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gift of Heather and Tony Podesta Collection, Washington, D.C. © The Icelandic Love Corporation Photo: Lee Stalsworth

Museum of Transology
 
This week brings a new exhibition that is truly groundbreaking. The topic of trans identity and trans rights have been ever more prevalent over the past few years, and for the first time in London a large selection of trans artefacts and portraiture will be displayed together. This exhibition will encourage the viewer to question the idea of gender and how it is apparently fixed, binary and biologically determined with a relentlessly intimate portrait of trans lives.
 
Museum of Transology opens 20 January at Fashion Space Gallery, find out more here.


Dogstar Comedy
 
Free comedy in a giant ballroom with pizza is a pretty winning combination. This is what Dogstar in Brixton will be serving up this week, with three up and coming comedians Danny Ward, Joe Jacobs and Johnny Pelham taking to the stage. Soak up a hilarious evening of comedy at this legendary Brixton venue.
 
19 Jan upstairs in the ballroom. Entrance is free, find out more here.


 
The Magical Lantern Festival
 
The London landscape may feel a little dull now all the Christmas lights have been taken down, but this week a new lights festival comes to the capital. Marking the end of Chinese New Year, this year’s festival has a ‘silk road’ theme, with life-sized lanterns symbolising the route of trade and culture from Europe to Ancient China. Visitors will experience a 15 metre Houses of Parliament themed lantern as well as plenty of other highlights from Asia, Arabia, Egypt, Persia, India and Ancient China. Bring in the year of the Rooster with this immense spectacle at Chiswick House and Gardens.
 
The Magical Lantern Festival runs 19 January – 26 February at Chiswick House and Gardens, tickets are between £5.90 - £19.70, find out more here.


Photo credit: Alexander Baxevanis

London Art Fair
 
Designed for collectors at all levels, the annual London Fair is also a fantastic day for those who don’t want to splash the cash but are artistically curious. Showcasing some of the world’s best contemporary art, there will also be a photography installation Gravitas, focusing on work that charts the descent from childhood to adulthood. Look out for some stimulating talks as well, including Sculpture Today and Modern British Art and The Idea of Europe. 
 
The London Art Fair runs 18-22 January, tickets start at £15. Find out more here.

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