October Gallery presents Transvangarde, an exhibition of contemporary art by outstanding artists from all over the world, including: Tian Wei, Golnaz Fathi, Laila Shawa, Alexis Peskine, Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, El Anatsui, Romuald Hazoume, Govinda Sah 'Azad', Genesis P-Orridge and Kenji Yoshida amongst others. On view will be striking new canvases by Tian Wei. Born in Xi'an, China, Wei's bold abstract calligraphic works are playfully cross-cultural. At first glance his canvases resemble Chinese calligraphy, however when studied, resolve themselves into words understandable in English, giving the viewer access to the artist's lived experience within the East and the West. Like Tian Wei, Golnaz Fathi one of only a tiny handful of women trained to the highest level in Persian calligraphy, pushes the boundaries of legibility and intelligibility in her work through the amalgamation of traditional and contemporary practices. Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga is one of the most exciting young artists working in Africa. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1991, he trained at the Kinshasa Academy of Arts. Alexis Peskine of Brazilian and Russian heritage was born in Paris. His work focuses on questions of identity. Peskine's painstaking method involves hammering nails of different lengths and with pinpoint accuracy, into wood, resulting in intensely visceral composites. Metaphorically connecting the nail to the Black Experience, he depicts figures that portray strength, perseverance and self-possession. Another artist renowned for her powerful political viewpoint is Laila Shawa. Her uncompromising documentation of events in today's Middle East include the creation of canvases and sculptures that comment upon major episodes of modern Palestinian history. October Gallery has represented El Anatsui since the early 90s. Globally-renowned for his iconic hangings of aluminium bottle-tops, Anatsui' s artistic practice has always been rooted in the discovery of new media: his current series of pioneering prints, Benchmarks are a reflection of this creative process and selected prints will be presented within Transvangarde. The exhibition will include signature pieces by Romuald Hazoume, a master of many diverse media. Hazoume creates masks, photographs and paintings. Also included will be works on canvas by Nepalese artist, Govinda Sah and Japanese artist, the late Kenji Yoshida.