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'I am' Royal College of Art, London 8 - 13th October 2015

Drawings and Video Installation

Professor Richard Demarco Opening Speech 'I am' Royal College of Art

Robert Slingsby 'I am Bordo' Entrance Gallery, Royal College of Art

In 2012, Slingsby became aware of the tribes of the Omo Valley in Southern Ethiopia. He recognised in them their creativity characterized by body art much like rock engravings as well as their vulnerability through development; leading to cultural obsolescence. This resulted in journeying to the Omo Valley culminating in four years of massive portrait drawings and two significant one man exhibitions.

“On the 11th September 2013, having spent days in Kolcho, we left early in the morning for Dus. Dus is a very remote village which houses the parliament of the Kara people. Being the rainy season, our team included a tracker perched atop the roof rack, guiding the driver through washed away trails. After recording what seemed like the entire community, in the midst of the overwhelming mid afternoon heat, we accepted the gesture of an old man, Parko Biwa, the elder of the village preparing bee hives, to enter his hut. We were offered a bitter beverage made from coffee husks and served in calabash drinking bowls. It was an opportunity to ask if there was anything we could do and what their main causes for concern were. It was evident from the drive to Dus that their tribal land was before our eyes being bulldozed, to make way for modern farming methods. I did not get an answer, but a look. We were allowed to relax and recover and he blessed us. On the way back to our vehicle, I was passed by a woman carrying the rim of a broken pot, shielding her head from the heat. The sun shone through the pot top opening, radiating light on the inside. As she walked past, she shouted ‘I am Kara, I am Arka, I am Kara.’ I had been given the answer. ‘I am’ “  

Robert Slingsby

Robert Slingsby 'Cocked'

 

‘Cocked’ 2014

Charcoal and chalk pastel on Arches 300 gram cotton rag paper  

Size 176 x 131 cm’s

 

Robert Slingsby ‘I am Artole Barkiye’

 

‘I am Artole Barkiye’ 2015 

Charcoal and chalk pastel on Arches 300 gram cotton rag paper

Size 200 x 130 cm’s

 

Robert Slingsby ‘I am Orikyo’

 

‘I am Orikyo’ 2014

Charcoal and chalk pastel on Arches 300 gram cotton rag paper  

Size 127 x 179 cm’s

 

Robert Slingsby ‘I am Mero Dakalt’

 

‘I am Mero Dakalt’ 2014

Charcoal and chalk pastel on Arches 300 gram cotton rag paper  

Size 126 x 192 cm’s

 

Robert Slingsby ‘I am Naruga’

 

‘I am Naruga’ 2014

Charcoal and chalk pastel on Arches 300 gram cotton rag paper  

Size 133 x 171 cm’s

 

Robert Slingsby ‘I am Bordi Keke’

‘I am Bordi Keke’ 2015

Charcoal and chalk pastel on Arches 300 gram cotton rag paper           

Size 131.5 x 118.5 cm’s

 

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UPDATED 2nd July 2016