THE HANDS THAT HOLD YOU BY SHANNON BONO
THE HANDS THAT HOLD YOU
10TH – 14TH NOVEMBER
‘The Hand that holds you’ is Shannon Bono’s debut solo show comprising of a series of paintings and works on paper completed during her yearlong studio residency at Anderson Contemporary. The works presented narrate a personal and culturally informed narrative of black diasporic womanhood, African spirituality and magic.
About the artist
Shannon Bono b.1995 practice embodies an afrofem-centric consciousness, sharing muted narratives and projecting black women’s lived experiences. She is invested in producing layered, figurative, compositions embedded with symbols and scientific metaphors that centralise black womanhood as a source of knowledge and understanding. Enamoured by African spiritually, Christian iconography and renaissance art she employs its purpose of cultural impact, liturgy and instruction for an improved society within her works. Shannon explores the internal body as well as the external, by merging the design of notable fabrics from Africa with biological structures and chemical processes in living organisms for the backgrounds of her works and using the anatomy as a second canvas in the foreground. She views the body as a powerful signifier that provokes dialogue, playing with pose, gesture and the gaze to challenge reality.
Recent exhibitions include Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2021 Firstsite Colchester and South London Gallery, Reclaiming Magic RA Summer exhibition 2021, 'WOP' Avant Arte x WOAW Gallery Hong Kong', Sabo Art x Amir Singh Gallery Lagos Nigeria, BOLD BLACK BRITISH Christie’s, The state of things Copeland Gallery and Live Flesh The Lee Alexander McQueen Sarabande Foundation.