After an indulgent end to 2022 and with little on the social calendar in January, perhaps some culture may entice you out of the house and into town. These London exhibitions present a variety of works that cater to all tastes, from documentary-style photography to interactive augmented reality. 

Here are the Because team’s best picks of the exhibitions to see this month (and hurry, they all end soon!)...

Lulu Bennett: Alive in Actual Time
Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Wandsworth 
Until February 4th 

Lulu Bennett’s 4th solo exhibition with Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery welcomes a new direction for the artist's practice. Her former bold acid tones are given a lighter more gestural makeover. Alive in Actual Time playfully documents the female experience - through clothing, interiors, leisure, and the body - to underpin the artist's personal lived experience as a trans woman today. Expect sun-soaked swimming pools and intimate portraits. 

Soheila Sokhanvari: Rebel Rebel
The Curve, Barbican Centre,
Until February 26th 

Rebel Rebel is the first major UK commission by Iranian artist Soheila Sokhanvari, featuring 28 miniature portraits of feminist icons from pre-revolutionary Iran. Each portrait in the site-specific work is hung against a hand-painted mural, ornamenting the 90-metre gallery and making The Curve a space in which these women’s tales of courage can be told and rightfully celebrated. 

Chris Killip's Retrospective
The Photographers’ Gallery, Soho
Until February 19th

Honouring one of the most influential figures of British Photography, The Photographers’ Gallery opened its Chris Killip Retrospective last autumn. Against the backdrop of shipbuilding and coal mining, Killip captured communities in the North of England affected by economic shifts throughout the 1970s and 80s, which were typically underrepresented. The exhibition features more than 150 raw and moving images by the photographer.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Fly In League With The Night
Tate Britain, Mill Bank 
Until February 26th 

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s enigmatic portraits in Fly In League With The Night at the Tate Britain are a must-see before the exhibition closes after staggering success over the past few months. Fly In League With The Night brings together over 70 paintings spanning two decades, including works from Yiadom-Boakye’s graduate exhibition, as well as three new paintings presented for the very first time. The artist’s fictional characters challenge questions of identity and representation with one fell swoop of oil on canvas.