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Nikita Gale, SOME WEATHER (Rain), 2021
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CIRCA:
Hi Zoé. It’s a pleasure to collaborate with Chisenhale Gallery as part of CIRCA’s c.20:21 programme this month, in the creation of new work by artist Nikita Gale. We’d like to start by asking what it is about Nikita’s practice that you felt was so fitting for this commission?

ZOÉ WHITLEY:
Collaboration is at the heart of how we commission and produce new works of art at Chisenhale, so the feeling is very much mutual working with CIRCA. Your past collaborators The Showroom, Whitechapel and Serpentine are our wonderful institutional colleagues and we work together in various ways. Some of the artists you’ve worked with, such as Cauleen Smith, are dear friends.

Nikita’s practice came to my attention some years ago when I was researching how visual artists are using sound in innovative ways. I read an essay she had written about how sound underpins her relationship with an audience; in that text, I was introduced to the theories of Prof. Kate Lacey who has written really accessibly about the role of media broadcasts in times of social crisis and the idea of listening as a cultural force. Nikita was already using sound as a sculptural material, making engrossing installations about how we interact in the public sphere and how we respond to the physical presence (or absence) of sound. I immediately knew this would be an exciting collaboration…

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