History is Now

History is Now – large exhibition at the Hayward Gallery 10th of Feb until 26th April I found the overall exhibition fascinating but suffered from visual sound overload -there are large displays of text/ image/ video/ sound-
The research and images about Mad cow disease very powerful – disturbing and I didn’t want to stay long in it because it conjured up to many memories of being there
Felt like you were immersed in images sound text – I was told that I could come backwards and forwards within it all day but we had to fly back to Edinburgh I reckon you would need 2 or 3 days to do it justice

I think a stunning portrait of a nude older woman was a conceptual highlight for me – but was annoyed by the cross sign that the attendant made at me when I tried to photograph the description of the words – I was allowed to type it word for word )

Melanie Manchot
1996 Mrs Manchot Arms overhead
‘Vulnerable and assertive …..
Challenges preconceptions of beauty and desirability that are reinforced across our visual culture …..
Drew attention to the stage of life at which women reach cultural and social invisibility …..
The Body deserved to be recognised and celebrated as it ages ….
See image below

Britain seen from the North
British map made up of plastic wood rubber paper and other materials
Makes up a map of GB
The pieces have the feel that they are made up from detritus washed up on a beach

Lots of primary and secondary colours
Ednburgh is a blue plastic tub lid
Oxford a green key

Another piece that caught my eye was ‘Britain seen from the North’
Which consisted of a large British map made up of plastic wood rubber paper and other materials

The pieces have the feel that they are made up from detritus washed up on a beach

Lots of primary and secondary colours
Ednburgh is a blue plastic tub lid
Oxford a green key

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