Dono: Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom and Harun Morrison, G31, Somerset House studios (curatorial consultancy)


Taking its title from an Akan Adinkra symbol and name for a double skin talking drum, Dono expands on the artists’ shared interest in sound, exploring untranslatable and non-linguistic forms as tools of meaning-making. A collaboration initiated by curator Jareh Das, and developed in dialogue with one another, the artists make interventions that loosen and contest the confines of language.

Drawing out the communicative potential of percussive instrumentation and interior architecture, Boakye-Yiadom and Morrison explore how bodies interact with and relate to one another, their surroundings and the designed environment. The exhibition further interrogates the legacies of colonial and carceral enclosure and architecture and their relation to the surveillance, documentation and regulation of bodies.

Open year round, G31 hosts a programme of installations and activities, many of which are free, as part of the wider Somerset House Studios programme.