seven x seven – susan pui san lok

Wasps hosts ‘seven x seven’ from susan pui san lok, curated by Mother Tongue for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2021 at South Block and the Briggait Project Spaces

Exhibition Dates: 11 – 27 June 2021

seven x seven marks the Scottish exhibition debut of London-based artist susan pui san lok, bringing together new commissions and existing work across installation, sound, film and text. seven x seven follows her 2019 solo exhibition, A COVEN A GROVE A STAND, commissioned by Firstsite as part of New Geographies, a project initiated by the East Contemporary Visual Arts Network, co-ordinated by Wysing Arts Centre. The exhibition is located across physical sites and online, drawing together strands of enquiry into the histories and folklore around witchcraft. seven x seven takes multiple forms across multiple sites, evoking and connecting narratives of gender and persecution between the East of England and Scotland, through collective acts of voicing and remembrance as resistance.
Curated by Mother Tongue, for the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2021 ‘Across the City’ Programme.
susan pui san lok is an artist and writer based in London. Exhibiting and publishing since the mid-1990s, her practice-research projects range across immersive installation, moving image, sound, performance and text, evolving out of interests in archives, memory, nostalgia, amnesia, diaspora, displacement and translation. She studied BA Fine Art and MA Feminism and the Visual Arts at the University of Leeds, going on to complete a PhD at the University of East London with Aavaa, the African and Asian Visual Artists Archive.

Selected solo exhibitions include: A COVEN A GROVE A STAND, Firstsite, Colchester (2019); RoCH Fans & Legends, CFCCA, Manchester (2016) and QUAD, Derby (2015); Faster, Higher, MAI, Montreal (2014) and BFI Southbank Gallery, London (2008); Golden (Lessons), Beaconsfield, London (2006) and Golden, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester (2005). Selected group exhibitions include: Rewinding Internationalism, Van Abbemuseum (2022, forthcoming), Diaspora Pavilion, Wolverhampton Art Gallery (2018); Diaspora Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale (2017); Asia Time, the 1st Asia Biennial and 5th Guangzhou Triennial (2015-2016); Everything Flows, De La Warr Pavilion (2012); and Cities on the Move, Hayward Gallery (1999). Publications include: visual/text essays, book chapters, journal articles and several artist books and multiples, of which seven x seven (2021) is her seventh. She is currently Professor in Contemporary Art and Director of the Decolonising Arts Institute at UAL.


17th June 2021 5-6pm: Please join us for an online artist talk and the launch of the artist multiple ‘seven x seven,’ in collaboration with the Courtauld and The Glasgow School of Art, online booking here.
20 June 2021: As part of GI Radio, tune in to hear the artist’s related soundwork, Seven Sisters (2019), audio essays by Mother Tongue and Alexandra Kokoli, and the folksongs that inspired the artist’s sound installations, Cruel Mothers/Gross Lovers (2019) and Cruel Mothers/Fine Flowers (2021).
Please note that there will be no physical events, including opening previews, as part of the exhibition.
South Block will be open daily 10-5. Please note for The Briggait Project Spaces that there is no entry inside the venue required, work is designed to be viewed from the street. Please note that we have limited capacity entry to South Block. We will not be operating an advance ticketing system, but ask audience members to safely queue outside the venue if we are at capacity upon arrival.
Social Distancing: In line with Government regulations, social distancing procedures will be in place for all visitors and staff within the gallery, including restrictions on the number of visitors allowed into South Block at any one time. Covid-19 Cleaning procedures will be in-effect for the duration of the exhibition. Unless exempt, all visitors and invigilators will be asked to wear face coverings, and hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance of SouthBlock. Please note that paper exhibition hand-outs will be available at the entrance for visitors to take away with them, or can be downloaded digitally through our website and QR code.
Toilets & Access: Please note that there will be no toilet access for the public at either venue. South Block gallery is partially accessible to wheelchair users – the project space to the rear is only accessible via a short set of stairs. Please contact the curators for any access requirement information: