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Pippy Houldsworth Gallery will present works that initiate a dialogue between two distinct generations of women artists, reflecting the focus of the programme as a whole. The key threads running through the presentation will be the intertwined notions of identity, history and memory, and the ways that artists approach these enduring concerns. Those of the older generation – Jacqueline de Jong, Mary Kelly, Faith Ringgold and Ming Smith – have each been leaders within activist communities and their work draws upon this experience, from participation in artist collectives, to organised protest and radical publications. Within their practices the artists of the younger generation – Jadé Fadojutimi and Stefanie Heinze – respond to these achievements, drawing on the context of a world increasingly connected and saturated with information. On show will be rare early paintings, photography, and drawings alongside new works made specifically for the fair.

Rare works from Jacqueline de Jong’s (b. 1939) Suicidal Painting series (1964-5) will be shown. As one of two leading women in Situationist International, and founder and editor of The Situationist Times (1962-7), de Jong was a key figure of the post-war avant-garde. Following survey exhibitions at Musée les Abattoirs, Toulouse (2018) and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2019), she will have a retrospective at WIELS, Brussels in 2021. Her archive was acquired by Yale University in 2011.

Mary Kelly (b. 1941) has made a defining contribution to the development of conceptual art and is revered for her practice that has inspired generations of artists and feminists. The fair will offer a rare opportunity to see new work that responds to global historical events, examining these through the lenses of trauma and collective memory. Her Post-Partum Document IV (Prototype) (1976/2015) was acquired by MoMA, NY last month and her archive by the Getty Institute in 2017.

An important story quilt by Faith Ringgold (b. 1930), Coming to Jones Road, Part II #2 We Here Aunt Emmy Got Us Now, will be on view. Ringgold here narrates a fictional account of her own family’s escape from slavery into freedom via the Underground Railroad. The work was included in Ringgold’s Serpentine exhibition. Ringgold was part of We Wanted a Revolution at Brooklyn Museum (2017) and Soul of a Nation, touring from Tate Modern.

Unique archival photography by Ming Smith from the 1970s will be on view. Smith was the first woman member of Kamoinge Workshop, a New York collective of African American photographers and the first black female photographer to have work acquired by MoMA. Also part of Soul of a Nation and We Wanted a Revolution, Smith has recently exhibited at Serpentine Gallery, London; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and MoMA, NY. She will also be part of Just Above Midtown, MoMA (2022).

Jadé Fadojutimi (b. 1993) will show new paintings that incorporate recent experimentation using digital processes. Fadojutimi had her first institutional exhibition in 2019 at PEER, London, is included in Liverpool Biennial 2020 and will have solo exhibitions at Pippy Houldsworth and Taka Ishii, Tokyo later this year. The ICA Miami, and Tate, London acquired works in 2019.

The gallery will also show new large-scale work by young German painter Stefanie Heinze (b.1987). Heinze will have solo exhibitions with Petzel Gallery, New York later this year and with Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London in early 2021. She is currently part of a four-person exhibition, Quadro, at Deichtorhallen, Hamburg.