ICA @ Selfridges

Anyone who knows me is aware that I absolutely adore Selfridges. It will always be my department store of choice and the news that it has teamed up with the ICA to bring us up to date with London’s sub-culture throughout the past thirty years was an absolute treat!

Many years ago the store had its own hotel above where the food hall is situated. This space has been taken over by the ICA and filled with a look to the past which seems almost somewhat futuristic. Inside we are treated to films, fashion and various cases of memorabilia from club nights which have popped up in the capital over the past few years.

This memorabilia has been filled by figures such as Giles Deacon, Zaha Hadid and Gilbert & George, in wooden cases spread across the make-shift gallery space.

I think the ICA excels in bringing us this underground education which is in a place which we might as well describe as ‘underground’ itself. Nobody would previously think to showcase an exhibition in a place next to Selfridges which many of us didn’t know existed. It is a little more laid-back compared to exhibitions we are used to in the capital and a lot more fun!

ICA Off-Site: A Journey Through London Subculture 1980s to Now is on display at Old Selfridges Hotel until 20 October

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier is a London-based writer and curator. She is the founder of Gallery Girl - a London-based curatorial platform and website dedicated to modern and contemporary art from across the globe. Her work is primarily focused on supporting emerging female artists from the Middle East and the Caucasus. She has written for Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, Suitcase and Vice Arabia among other publications. Her exhibitions in London and Armenia have been featured in Vogue Arabia, The Art Newspaper, The Art Gorgeous and numerous other news outlets. Gallery Girl has also spoken in the UK, UAE and Belgium about the contemporary art scene in the MENA region, and is planning further events in London and Amman.

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