Lisa Z. Morgan
Mr & Mrs Ivan Morison
The exhibition will explore notions of storytelling, ancestry, memory and interpretation of history. Taking as its starting point the histories of the 26,000 famous, infamous and anonymous bodies held in the grounds of the museum, Exhumed features 24 artists practising in a range of disciplines and media. Artists will focus on well-known figures like Captain William Bligh, the John Tradescants and the Slade family as well as those bodies for whom little or no evidence remains.
Following the highly acclaimed diversion in 2002 and A Month in the Garden in
2001, both presented by Danielle Arnaud contemporary art and hosted by the
Museum of Garden History (housed in the de-consecrated parish church of
St-Mary-at-Lambeth), Exhumed will explore notions of storytelling, ancestry,
memory and interpretation of history.
Taking as its starting point the histories of the 26,000 famous, infamous and anonymous bodies held in the grounds of the museum, Exhumed features 24 artists practising in a range of disciplines and media. Artists will focus on well-known figures like Captain William Bligh, the John Tradescants and the Slade family as well as those bodies for whom little or no evidence remains.
Artists participating in the event include:
Orla Barry, Suky Best, Cleo Broda, Clare Bryan, Michael Buchanan, Lisa Cheung, David Cotterrell, Phil Coy, Pascal-Michel Dubois, Peter Dukes, Oona Grimes, Stephen Healy, Sophie Horton, Tom Humphreys, Sophie Lascelles, Lynne Marsh, Lisa Z. Morgan, Mr & Mrs Ivan Morison, Paulette Phillips, Kate Scrivener, Finlay Taylor, Adam Thompson, Shane Waltener and Sarah Woodfine.
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication which explores attitudes to death and the disposal of human remains from ethical, religious and historical perspectives. The catalogue will also document all commissioned artworks in the exhibition.
A series of workshops with the pupils of Walnut Tree Walk School are planned and a talk outlining the aims of the exhibition chaired by Tiffany Jenkins, Institute of Ideas, will be held at the museum on Saturday 30 August at 2pm.
Garden Pieces/Exhumed Film Programme: July 17 & 18: doors open 9.15, films begin 9.45 pm
Two evening screenings of artists' and archival films will include Garden Pieces (July 17), curated by Peter Todd, British Film Institute. A collection of films inspired by gardens and horticulture, the evening features work by American film-makers Stan Brakhage and Kenneth Anger and British work including rarely seen time-lapse film from 1910 and recent video from John Smith & Ian Bourne.
The second evening (July 18) examines themes in Exhumed, focusing on memory and reminiscence. Famous Lambeth resident and visionary, William Blake, is the subject of Clio Barnard's short film Lambeth Marsh. Other new films and videos by emerging and established artists will also be shown. The series is co-ordinated by William Rallison, freelance curator.
Exhumed is part of the Vauxhall Festival and is presented in association with Danielle Arnaud contemporary art, Parabola Trust and the Museum of Garden History. The exhibition is curated by Danielle Arnaud, Jordan Kaplan and Philip Norman.
Image: Paulette Phillips & Michael Buchanan Dogwood Pond 2003 cabinet housing video monitor, mirrors and objects (detail)
Private view: Friday 11 July 6 - 9 pm
Open every day 10:30 am to 5:00 pm
For more information, contact Danielle Arnaud contemporary art on 020 7735 8292 or http://www.daniellearnaud.com
Museum of Garden History, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7LB