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Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

An My Le's Fragment VIII: US Customs and Border Protection Officer (2019) Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery New York/Paris/London

Prompted by a mass shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015, the Vietnamese photographer An-My Lê embarked on a US road trip in a bid to chronicle complex, tumultuous fragments of American history. In Silent Generalat Marian Goodman Gallery (until 29 February; free), An-My focuses on displaced individuals trying to thrive and survive under Donald Trump. The titles alone—including Fragment I: Sunday Mass, November 6, New Orleans, Louisiana—eloquently reflect the artists stoic, substantial evolving journey. An image of a group bathing gracefully in the waters under the Presidio-Ojinaga International bridge, on the Texas/Mexico border, shows a family in flux, ruminating on their surroundings. Migrants are not the only thing on the move: one of the photographs shows statues of secessionist generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard sequestered in temporary wooden housings at Homeland Security Storage. Unpicking the iconography of confederacy sculpture, a loaded symbol of the countrys past, is a clever way of dissecting the American dream.

Artists, Racists, Friends, an exhibition of new works by the New York-born artist Jordan Wolfsonat Sadie Coles HQ (until 29 February; free) combines highly personal, nostalgic elements with a virtuoso hyper-technical display. The personal comes in the form of childhood snapshots emblazoned across wall-mounted brass panels that recall gilded medieval altarpieces. The works, showing the artist as his happy younger self, look especially liturgical in a specially designed rotunda space. The hi-tech part is a series of spinning fans with LEDs embedded in their blades, projecting a series of animated characters, symbols and phrases. These include the words “artists, friends and racists”, the title of the show, interspersed with a plethora of totemic contemporary icons, including Sesame Street characters and 9/11 firefighters. The work is a head-spinning trawl through US culture, splicing and dicing symbols of Americana, made all the more unsettling by the silent, contemplative whirr of the gyrating fans.

Dark and pensive, the prints on show at Mosaic Rooms capture the current mood of London in the depths of winter and amidst the fallout out of Brexit. Homeland Under My Nails (until 26 April; free) is a small exhibition of works surveying the career of the Sudanese painter and printmaker Mohammad Omar Khalil. Despite being a prolific artist—his New York studio where he lives and works is full to the brim with books, priRead More – Source

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