Somerset House Studios

Dono: Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom & Harun Morrison

19 Jul - 20 Oct 2024
10.00 - 18.00 daily
New Wing

Presenting new work by Somerset House Studios resident artists Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom and Harun Morrison.

Taking its title from an Akan Adinkra symbol and name for a double skin talking drum, Dono expands on the artists’ shared interest in sound, exploring untranslatable and non-linguistic forms as tools of meaning-making. A collaboration initiated by Somerset House Studios, and developed in dialogue with one another, Boakye-Yiadom and Morrison consider musical, linguistic and architectural forms of meaning-making, interrogating the boundaries of language.

Dono trials alternative forms of communication, considering the generative potential of repetition, concealment and misunderstanding. The exhibition is treated as a testing ground and rehearsal room, exploring how space and institutional structures shape our language, music and sociality.

Dono will be the latest work in the G31 project space, a space dedicated to the work of Somerset House Studios and its residency programmes – at all stages of development. G31 affords the opportunity to ‘look behind the curtain’ and to interact with the risk-taking work being made within the building. Open year round, G31 hosts a programme of installations and activities, many of which are free, as part of the wider Somerset House Studios programme.

Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom's work is produced with the support of Wysing Arts Centre, Modern Art Oxford, Somerset House Studios and South London Gallery as part of the Donna Lynas Residency