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Following the tremendous success of the relaunch of major exhibitions in September with Still I Rise, Arnolfini are delighted to present Angelica Mesiti’s ASSEMBLY and Bristol-based artist Amak Mahmoodian’s Zanjir, as part of the Winter/Spring 2020 programme focusing on experiences and stories of migration.

Angelica Mesiti’s ASSEMBLY (18 Jan – 26 Apr 2020) is a large scale, three-channel video installation within an architectural setting inspired by the historical shape of the community circle and amphitheatre. The show comes to Arnolfini following a highly successful and internationally acclaimed presentation at the Biennale in Venice.

ASSEMBLY establishes an evolving set of translations from the written word to stenographic codes then music, and performance. Filmed in the Senate chambers of Italy and Australia, the three screens of ASSEMBLY travel through the corridors, meeting rooms and parliaments of government with performers imagining a community of movement, poetry and song. ASSEMBLY explores the need to come together democratically across many nations, to speak differently, act together, and form new assembles.

Amak Mahmoodian’s Zanjir (18 Jan – 22 Mar) explores complex ideas about identity, home, exile and family. Building on a photobook of the same name, the exhibition will be the first complete gallery presentation of the project, bringing it into a gallery setting in a celebration of a major new voice in Bristol’s visual arts scene.

As Bristol’s international centre of contemporary art, ASSEMBLY and Zanjir will be at the heart of a broad, eclectic programme at Arnolfini covering music, film and live performance in collaboration with a variety of partners including Forced Entertainment, Juliana Huxtable, South West Silents, Bristol New Music, Asian Arts Agency and Mayfest.

Gary Topp, Executive Director at Arnolfini said “We’ve had a great response to Still I Rise this Autumn and we are now keen to broaden our programme further to appeal to even wider audiences. We’re opening our first season of 2020 with two powerful exhibitions from Angelica Mesiti and Amak Mahmoodian and we will be working with many partners across Bristol, the UK and worldwide to bring a range of shows and events welcoming more people into Arnolfini.”