Host: Outside The Zone Gallery
Venue: Shoreditch, Dereham Place EC2A 3HJ, United Kingdom
Date: 18 August - 23 October 2018
'Before for the Last Moment' is his personal take on the connections between masculinity and gang culture: "I’ve been thinking about what’s been happening in London with the whole gang culture, particularly with black youths. I live in East London and I was reading a story about a 17-year-old boy that was killed in Hoxton about two years ago and it really hit me, this could be my nephew, or one of my students. I think it said something like he was trying to crawl back home. And you hear numerous stories about these boys in gangs who are quite masculine, quite macho but at that point when you’re on the streets and you’re dying, I was thinking about that point, do they revert back to being as vulnerable as a child. So I created this image as a response. And I think he died near here, I don’t know the exact location, but it was here in Hoxton. This is my response to this gang culture, this loneliness and this emptiness of victim after being stabbed."
'Before for the last moment' closes more than five years of work around masculinity'.
- Text by Rodrigo Orrantia
Othello De'Souza-Hartley will also be exhibiting this work during his upcoming solo exhibition, 'I am' at Sulger-Buel Lovell, curated by Rodrigo Orrantia, 6-28 September 2018.
We would like to thank both The Print Space and Outside The Zone for their support.