M.I.A.'s Meltdown

In June 2017, rapper, artist, producer and activist M.I.A. followed in the footsteps of Patti Smith, Anohni, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Ornette Coleman and David Byrne as the curator of Meltdown.

Her line-up of outlaw musicians included Young Fathers, Crystal Castles, Soulwax, Giggs, Young M.A, Afrikan Boy, Mykki Blanco, JD Samson, I Wayne, Dexta Daps, Yung Lean, Princess Nokia, MHD and more.

The festival featured a carnival day, a South Asian mela and a party with community radio station Rinse FM, plus activities for Refugee Week.

I'm bringing together new outlaw musicians from everywhere, who have contributed to keeping things weird, exciting, opinionated, loud, emotional and brave or off the grid in the present climate
Read an interview between the artist and Hayward Gallery Director Ralph Rugoff
Watch a short introduction to the exhibition from Jeff L. Rosenheim
Find out more about the artist’s poetic and politically engaged work
The curator of diane arbus: in the beginning and The Met’s Collections Specialist discuss Arbus’ early photographs
The artist introduces her work ahead of its installation at Royal Festival Hall
Find out more about this sculpture
Ahead of his Hayward Gallery exhibition, the artist discusses his work with Ralph Rugoff
The artist discusses art, archives and tabloid news
The aerospace engineer turned artist introduces his piece Untitled (1971) in this short video
Specially commissioned fiction by writer Ben Eastham, inspired by Emmanuelle Lainé’s exhibition
Senior Curator Cliff Lauson discusses the Hayward Gallery exhibition Space Shifters
Hayward Gallery Senior Curator Dr Cliff Lauson on opportunities presented by touring the exhibition
Hear the sculptor talk about his distinctive work in this short video
The artist discusses her site-specific installation in Hayward Gallery’s HENI Project Space
Find out about Yayoi Kusama’s installation, part of Space Shifters
Take a look at the work of the Danish-Icelandic artist
Find out about Anish Kapoor’s outdoor sculpture, part of Space Shifters

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