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This week's new exhibitions

Lux/ICA Biennial Of Moving Images, London

As you might expect from an institution associated with the development of video art, Lux's first biennial, conceived in conjunction with the ICA, has all bases covered, from screenings to education and events. Eleven artists and curators at the forefront of the medium have been invited to put programmes together. These include director Ben Rivers, feted for his hand-processed documentary portraits (Sun); and Pulp guitarist and experimental film curator Mark Webber, whose 1990s ICA-based music and film club Little Stabs At Happiness kicks off proceedings (Thu). Other highlights include a programme of Luther Price's hallucinatory reconfigurations of old, junked film (Fri). There's also a five-day school for artists, live performances, a student symposium and writers-in-residence responding to the goings-on.

ICA, SW1, Thu to 27 May

Skye Sherwin

Yto Barrada & Bedwyr Williams, London

A pile of bricks stands dead centre surrounded by a building site; a ladder is propped against a fig tree giving access to a raft beached among its branches: Yto Barrada's photographs afford a cryptic significance to the apparently banal features of her native Tangier. The subjects might seem inconsequential, yet the overall aesthetic is meticulously considered. The accompanying show by Bedwyr Williams relies on a more madcap form of mystification. He evokes an atmosphere of cultural siege, taping up windows and piling up sandbags. Enter his Stevenson Screen and you hear the whimpers of Dr Jekyll metamorphosing into Mr Hyde. Williams becomes an artist precisely by pretending to be one or another.

Ikon Gallery, to 8 Jul

Robert Clark

Yael Bartana, London

And Europe Will Be Stunned … might be Israeli artist Bartana's masterpiece: a deeply provocative meditation on Jewish identity that levels political punches with surreal wit. The film trilogy begins with a young idealist speechifying in a weed-strewn stadium to a few kids in uniform. It's a broken echo of the Nazi party glory days, of the Hitler youth and Olympic spectacle. This fledgling leader though is Jewish, and he calls for his people to return, not to Israel but to Poland, site of the largest concentration camp exterminations.This tragicomic epic's immediate analogy is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but Bartana strikes at broader questions about utopian dreams dissolving into dark nationalistic tendencies.

Hornsey Town Hall, N8, Tue to 1 Jul


Frida Kahlo And Diego Rivera, Barnard Castle

The fraught but soulful relationship between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera – their fights and reconciliations; their public image as well, of course, as their inventive neo-traditional paintings – became inseparably identified with the struggles of the Mexican revolution. Rarely has great art been so closely aligned with a political fight. This photographic exhibition charts a love story that is rarely lacking in drama: after quarrelling with Rivera, the exiled Leon Trotsky, who had an affair with Kahlo, was assassinated with an ice pick. But, above all the photographs remind us of Kahlo's dignified beauty through torturous ill health.

Bowes Museum, to 24 Jun


News From Nowhere, Colchester

This show tracks 100 years of artists looking to the future, experimenting with fresh technology and fashioning sci-fi visions. Earlier works include László Moholy-Nagy's abstract set designs for his montages of an underground city in 1936 film Things To Come, written by HG Wells. The post-apocalyptic musing continues with Roger Hiorns's recent pulverised aeroplane: a blasted grey landscape of machine dust. Lynn Chadwick's stainless steel beasts are like armoured monsters, while Lygia Clark's small-scale "animals", rendered with aluminium squares and circles, provide a more inviting vision of the metallic and organic.

Firstsite, Sun to 27 Aug


Fiona Rae, Leeds

Fiona Rae's world is one of uneasy enchantment. Atmospheric spaces are inhabited by a visual vocabulary of ambiguous signs, florid emblems, daubs, spillages and filigree embellishments. While thoroughly painterly, her works emerge from a post-Photoshop world of image samplings and spatial layerings. This show of 17 large works from the last 20 years demonstrates her metamorphic methods as baroque elaborations mutate into geisha cartoons. While courting lyrical pleasantries, Rae always deepens her images with hints of an underlying disorientation and dread of being forever lost in this world of wonders. Her paintings appear spontaneous and have a refreshing affect, but are incredibly painstaking.

Leeds Art Gallery, to 26 Aug


Things That Have Interested Me, London

New work by an intriguing cross-section of 14 young London-based artists is brought together here in the ad-lib style of the Arnold Bennett collection of essays from which the show takes its name. The lineup includes Simon & Tom Bloor, who've made a name for themselves in the past few years with projects that pay half-ironic homage to Britain's unloved, ill-conceived public sculpture and town planning schemes. Dan Coopey's work explores the latent potential of images out of context, from the bold, bright abstract shapes of a children's book illustrator to the animations (AKA moving wallpaper) for Dancing On Ice. For their ongoing project, Peles Empire – collaborative duo Barbara Wolff and Katharina Stoever – apparently hold a funhouse mirror up to previous eras' decor in their trippy sculptures, paintings and prints.

Waterside Contemporary, N1, Thu to 14 Jul


Sublime Transactions, Ambleside

It's 100 years since Mary Louisa Armitt bequeathed her library to the people of Ambleside to help safeguard the town's rich cultural heritage. Here, 15 artists present work in a centenary celebration, proving the relevance of the English Romantic tradition at a time in which our creative intervention into the natural world is of crucial concern. Coleridge, Wordsworth and the local Dada exile Kurt Schwitters are all paid homage by artists avoiding the cliches of tourist landscape traditions, including David Toop, Riitta Ikonen, Karoline Hjorth and Sir Peter Blake. Unmissable if you are in the Lakes this summer.

The Armitt Museum, to 22 Mar 2013

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