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Currently in production for Image Behaviour
Institute of Contemporary Arts

Coming Soon: Spring 2022

Image Behaviour 2019.
Photo: Christa Holka

Read more about the work currently in production by the recipients of this year’s Image Behaviour production grants in partnership with Dr. Martens.

The selection panel comprising Steven Cairns (ICA), Beatrice Dillon, Languid Hands, Amber Henry (Dr. Martens) and Naeem Mohaiemen reviewed an unprecedented number of applications to the open call to reach their final decision. In adding an additional commission to offer eight opportunities instead of seven, they selected artists Asuf Ishaq, Deborah-Joyce Holman, Joseph June Bond, Kadeem Oak, Kemi Lijadu, @KO___OL, Rebecca Bellantoni and R.I.P. Germain.

All of the works currently in production will be presented at the ICA as part of Image Behaviour, the ICA’s annual festival dedicated to artists film and moving image, coming in Spring 2022.

Find out about the new commissions here and sign up to our mailing list to be the first to see them realised at next year’s Image Behaviour.

Production Grant recipients:

Asuf Ishaq, Untitled

Ishaq's work narrates migration experience as told through a relationship with objects, things left behind by the artist's mother when she migrated to Britain. Drawing inspiration from Édouard Glissant, the piece will incorporate land and soil, recognising its symbolic significance as both a beginning and an endpoint, a transtemporal portal, an archive of migration.


Deborah-Joyce Holman, Not you, you (working title)

Not you, you (working title) is a new experimental artist moving image work that experiments in fabulative storytelling. Not you, you is conceived as a two-channel installation that takes as its starting point cinematographic tools from TikTok and Cinema Verité. The new commission explores themes of the figure of the trickster both in its narrative and form.


Joseph June Bond, Untitled

Where does masculinity live in our bodies? What does its performance protect or reveal? What does gender fluidity tell us about masculinity? This experimental moving image work will document the figuring out, failures and findings of movement exploring how bodies across the gender spectrum perform and embody masculinity in public space.


Kadeem Oak, Effra Creek! Effra Wash! (Effra Dub)

Effra Creek! Effra Wash! (Effra Dub) reflects upon the River Effra, a lost tributary of the London Thames. The project examines the cultural ecology of the river's course as it runs from Norwood, through Brixton to Vauxhall. The work explores Afro-Caribbean histories and themes of industry, community, landscape and memory.


Kemi Lijadu, Guardian Angel

Exhibited as a multi-screen projection and multi-sensory live performance, Guardian Angel is a short film that explores the artist’s relationship with religion, informed by her grandmother, study of African philosophy and Catholic upbringing.


@KO___OL, The AudiTT

I stood at the back of the room, laughing, making jokes, and I was, I don't know, fucking amazed. I was so fucking proud of us. I don't know why. I just was. We looked like kids that had done well in life.
The AudiTT is a two-channel film examining memory and lore; oral, aural and behavioural, tradition, millennial folklore and material culture. The work explores the topics of recurring dreams and core memories.


Rebecca Bellantoni, First, everything happens. C.R.Y 

First, everything happens. C.R.Y deals with the magic of the city. Looking at the urbanised landscape, materials and past actions/movements. Focussing on a section of West London, this moving image work imagines the city and its energetic traces as a positive trigger for meditation, transformation and growth.


R.I.P. Germain, Mew

Mew documents an asemic exploration into rituals of burning that involve transmuting in order to call in the futures we long for. In holding a space to process the trauma, state violence, displacement and collective grief of this time, Mew continues a trajectory of creating different types of spaces to witness, mourn and move towards change collectively.


Image credits: Asuf Ishaq | Unless (2021). Yara Dulac Gisler & Deborah-Joyce Holman | Image: @adamajalloh | Kadeem Oak | Her02, @KO___OL, 2021 | Kemi Lijadu | Here I touch, Rebecca Bellantoni | R.I.P. Germain, Lloyd 2020, image: Katarzyna Perlak