Anwar Jalal Shemza | Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination-Repetition | Manchester Art Gallery

Hales is delighted to announce Anwar Jalal Shemza will be featured in Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination- Repetition held at Manchester Art Gallery. This exhibition considers how public museums reflect and shape our collective imagination, and examines how exhibitions can affect these shared narratives. This exhibition shows how artworks can nurture new stories if they are shown in ways beyond the limited frames of biography and identity.


Comprising more than 70 works and archival documents ranging from the 18th to the 21st century, Speech Acts is drawn primarily from four public collections: Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford, John Rylands Library (The University of Manchester), Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth. It has been developed as part of, and in conversation with Black Artists and Modernism: a three-year research project led by University of the Arts London in collaboration with Middlesex University and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.



Anwar Jalal Shemza

Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination- Repetition

Manchester Art Gallery

Mosley Street

Manchester M2 3JL


25 May 2018 - 22 April 2019 


For more information please click here.

May 12, 2018