Art on show in Brighton and Hove & East and West Sussex
Local Name: Unknown… Gypsies?
26 Apr – 15 Jun 2014
Wed – Sun, 11am – 5pm
Drawing upon her Romany heritage and family ties to the New Forest area, explores the artefacts, imagery and hidden history surrounding the Gypsies.
In this immersive environment constructed within the gallery space, the artist will recreate and occupy her own version of ‘the compounds’ which were makeshift structures employed by the British government to contain Gypsy families in the New Forest during the first half of the 20th century. Incorporating photography, film and archival material alongside textiles and costumes hand printed and embroidered by the artist, the exhibition will feature an evolving installation embodying individual and collective experience, and will shine a contemporary light upon the complex and disturbing story of the Gypsies throughout the UK and Europe.
Two glass and metal lanterns from the collection of Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford serve as the central metaphor and catalyst for this new body of work. Resembling similar lamps from India, these ones were made in the New Forest and remind the artist of the ‘magic lantern’ shows her grandmother and great uncles recounted from their childhood in Hampshire. These artefacts have been brought back to life through the stories, performances and activities taking place within the exhibition.