Playlist by Aby Fulani: visualising the work of Liz Johnson Artur through sound

We invited musician and producer Aby Fulani to create a playlist inspired by the works of Liz Johnson Artur. Offering a fresh way to experience the exhibition, music adds new dimensions to the essence of Liz's work, especially while museum doors are closed.
© Liz Johnson Artur, courtesy of the artist
© Liz Johnson Artur, courtesy of the artist

I started with the ground floor with Shigeru Onishi's slow poetic Japanese black and white photography, prints with amazing textures and techniques. I found this in Wilson Tanner’s ambient saxophone sound through to Nujabes - a Japanese beast on spiritual jazz music.  

Carrying on the journey, Don Cherry’s melodies and whispers were a perfect bridge to evolve to Liz Johnson Artur’s portraits and intimacy.  I remember how the different rooms were displayed like an assembly of different drummers and percussionists, so for that I choose sound from Cheikh Lô: a West Africa-to-London rhythm and traffic jam, like the fantastic pianist Joe Armon Jones or the self-taught multi-instrumentalist Clever Austin. This is reminiscent of Liz’s current home.

© Liz Johnson Artur, courtesy of the artist.
© Liz Johnson Artur, courtesy of the artist.
© Liz Johnson Artur, courtesy of the artist

To finish this playlist, I matched Middle Eastern sounds to the last room where Alexandra Rose Howland's multimedia documentation of Iraq under pressure, juxtaposed to everyday lifestyles, was presented. The ongoing emotion from Yoed Nir’s cello was perfect to illustrate the heavy feeling of that room and Yussef Dayes’ beautiful track “Storm Before The Calm” was the perfect icing on the cake to close this visual journey of the exhibition.

about Aby Fulani

Aby Fulani, a composer & vocalist from Paris, is a sonic traveler. Mainly influenced by jazz and human rhythm, mixed with a pinch of dreamy aquatic ambiance, he draws his sound and visuals from his ethnic heritage rooted in West Africa. Fulani is also the brain behind Strange Stuff Production, an underground Parisian music label launched in 2017. You can find more of his previous work via his Instagram or online.

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about of life of love of sex of movement of hope by Liz Johnson Artur

Liz Johnson Artur - of life of love of sex of movement of hope © Foam. Photo: Christian van der Kooy.⁠ © Foam. Photo: Christian van der Kooy.⁠

Foam presents the solo exhibition of life of love of sex of movement of hope by London-based photographer Liz Johnson Artur. The exhibition celebrates daily events and brings them together as a form of storytelling in an attempt to elevate human emotion.

Drawing from her expansive thirty-year-long Black Balloon Archive, Johnson Artur's work develops around photographs and their encounters with people. While capturing moments, her photography engages in a constant process of dialogue.

The exhibition Liz Johnson Artur - of life of love of sex of movement of hope is made possible by Fonds 21.

Foam is supported by the VriendenLoterij, Foam Members, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the VandenEnde Foundation and the City of Amsterdam.

In 2021 Foam receives additional support from the Mondriaan Fund and Kickstart Cultuurfonds.

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