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opening Thursday 22nd May

The Book Club is pleased to present Passers-By, a solo exhibition featuring new works by artist Emmanuelle Walker curated and directed by Liat Chen. The artist created a series of acrylic paintings on canvas and drawings for her first solo show.

Passers-By expands on Walker’s well known graphic style and decorative aesthetic, developed through experimental exercises and multiple studies on the female portrait, Walker’s latest works depicts young women portraits of passers-by she walked passed in the East London area or people among her entourage.

Walker is well-known within the illustration and animation community for her powerfully communicative aesthetic imagery. For the past few years, Walker has been experimenting, among other things, with the female body shapes, and curves. Coming from the animation industry she spends most of her time making things move. For this show, she wanted to play with a certain static-ness, that’s why all of the paintings are front views. ‘The oddly elongated girls who populate Emmanuelle Walker’s universe are elegantly beautiful –you won’t find any Barbie dolls in her animations and illustrations. Her talent consists of a deft blend of sophistication and playful quirkiness that renders her work warm and watchable’. – LBB ONLINE

The disputed peninsula of Crimea made headlines recently as Russia annexed the previously Ukrainian territory. Impressions of local life before this drastic change can soon be seen in Shoreditch: The Book Club in Leonard Street will exhibit the photo series “Crimean Holidays” by Anna Kroeger. The photos, taken in August and September 2013, show a different side to Crimea – as a holiday destination full of life and eccentricities.

Anna Kroeger “experienced Crimea as a very interesting place with lots of curious details to discover. In holiday towns such as Yalta the seaside promenades were loud and bursting with entertainment – shooting galleries, water slides, ice cream sellers, photo props… At the same time there was a very calm and slow side to it all – empty beaches, old people playing board games, reminders of bygone times. It was exciting to document this contrast. The images of Crimea that have been all over the news in the past months are so different from what I saw.”

All work exhibited will be on sale.

Both exhibitions run until the 3rd July