9 Jul-16 Oct 2022


Artist Nikita Gale sculpts concrete, metal, light, and sound. Composing unforgettable installations through interventions both spatial and sonic alongside moving image works, Gale possesses a unique material sensibility through which abstract connections are forged between image and text, memory and identity, history and now. Chisenhale Gallery presents the artist’s first solo exhibition in a UK institution. Gale’s deeply researched practice orbits themes of invisibility and audibility, interrogating the complicated dynamic between performer and spectator, structure and decay. The through-line of the commission is the potential for new ways of being and relating to arise from resourcefully existing undetected among wreck and ruin.


Nikita Gale lives and works in Los Angeles, US. Selected exhibitions include: THANK GOD YOU'RE HERE, 56 Henry, New York, NY (2022); SOME WEATHER, CIRCA and Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK; Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea (2021); PRIVATE DANCER, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, USA; and AUDIENCING, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, USA (both 2020.) Gale is the recipient of the FOCAFellowship (2021), Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2017), the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, UCLA (2016) and the National Endowment for the Arts Southern Constellations Fellowship (2013).

IN A DREAM YOU CLIMB THE STAIRS is commissioned and produced by Chisenhale Gallery.

Lead Exhibition Supporters: The Foundation Foundation, the Terra Foundation for American Art and Shane Akeroyd.

Headline Supporter: Henry Moore Foundation.

Nikita Gale: IN A DREAM YOU CLIMB THE STAIRS is produced with support from the Chisenhale Gallery Commissions Fund. With additional support from the Nikita Gale Supporter’s Circle.

The associated artist’s book (forthcoming October 2022) is produced by Chisenhale Gallery in collaboration with Hurtwood. This publishing project is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art and Chisenhale Books Founding Supporter Pamela J. Joyner.

Chisenhale Gallery’s Talks and Events Programme 2022 is supported by Brian Boylan.

Chisenhale Gallery’s Schools’ Programme 2022-23 has been made possible through the generosity of Headline Supporter Goodman Gallery.