Johann Arens: Internet Centre & Habesha Grocery

13 December – 1 February, Paradise Row, London

By Sean Ashton

Johann Arens, Internet Centre & Habesha Grocery, 2013 (installation view). © the artist. Courtesy Paradise Row, London Johann Arens, Internet Centre & Habesha Grocery, 2013 (installation view). © the artist. Courtesy Paradise Row, London

Like the launderette, the Internet café is, for me, a last resort when domestic appliances fail. An artwork consisting of fixtures from an Internet café might therefore be expected to evoke bad associations. This wasn’t the case with Johann Arens’s exhibition; if anything, it made me want to visit such places more often.His installation appropriates equipment and furnishings taken from the Internet Centre & Habesha Grocery, an Ethiopian outlet in Tottenham that closed in 2013. In the basement space are…

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